September 15, 2014

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Boys basketball: Hornets sting the Minutemen

By Chad Grant

GRANGER TWP. — The Revere boys basketball team found out the hard way.

Don’t poke a hornet’s nest.

Highland's Tanner Houska drives to the basket past Revere's Jordan Holtkamp during the second quarter Tuesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

The Minutemen went basket for basket with Highland for 1½ quarters in a Suburban League action Tuesday until the Hornets got buzzing and ran away with an easy 72-53 win.

Coming out in a full-court press to open the game, Highland (2-2, 1-1) got beat up the floor and Revere (0-3, 0-2) converted at the other end to stay close.

The teams were even at 15 with 4:55 to play in the second quarter when Highland coach Michael Murphy had seen enough. The Hornets switched to a 1-3-1 press that continued in the half court, and the results were immediate.

The turnovers started coming in bunches and, as they did, the Highland lead began to balloon.

“Sometimes you get that emotion when you make some shots,” Murphy said. “We ride waves, and that wasn’t a good wave for us to be on. All of the sudden we get a couple turnovers, a couple shots and Tanner (Houska) defensively really got after them and did some good stuff for us. We got after them and were able to run the floor a little bit. That’s how we like to play.”

At the forefront of the attack was Houska (16 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds, 3 assists).

The sophomore guard had a burst of offense, scoring 12 points and swiping four steals as the Hornets went on an 18-5 run over a 3:55 span that ended with Highland up 33-20.

“That’s when we got into our 1-3-1,” Houska said. “I was able to get a few steals, and I like to get into a rhythm. Once I get things going, it’s a lot easier for me.”

Revere never got any closer.

The Hornets, who played without All-Gazette small forward Brogan Scott (ankle), continued to build the lead throughout the third period behind a red-hot Brennan Scott. The senior forward (game-high 20 points) went off for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the quarter.

“I’m just trying to get to the rim and look for my teammates or get to my shot,” Scott said. “I wanted the win and we went out there and got it.”

Scott finished the game shooting a sizzling 64 percent (9-of-14) and paced an offense that shot 54 percent.

“We got some really good shots,” Murphy said. “I would guess that about 80 percent of our shots were within 6 feet. So that helps your shooting percentage, obviously.”

Austin Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds — his fourth consecutive double-double — while Mike Benson led the Minutemen with 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Note

Highland earned the sweep with a 60-44 win in the junior varsity game. Tyler Frederick and Landon Gonser led the Hornets with 11 points apiece.

Contact Chad Grant at sports@medina-gazette.com.