MEDINA — It took roughly 95 hours for the Medina boys basketball team to get back on track.
The Bees did little wrong Tuesday in an impressive 77-41 non-conference win over Mayfield. They were balanced, committed just one turnover in the first half, shot incredibly well at the free throw line and played strong defense.
Perfection wasn’t far out of reach in the home opener after falling well short of it during a 60-55 loss at Brush on Friday.
“It feels great because last year, that was basically us,” junior shooting guard Brian Letts said. “Throughout the (regular) season we went 5-15, and it just feels great to be on the opposite end.”
Ten of the 12 Medina players scored, and each of them had four or more points. All-Ohio small forward Billy Geschke caught fire in the second half and finished with 17 points after missing five of his first seven shots, and backup Dillon Wiesler scored seven of his 11 points in the deciding second quarter.
Letts (11 points) also hit double digits, while 6-foot-9 freshman center Jon Teske had seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.
“Everyone can shoot and everyone knows how to score,” Letts said. “Of course, Billy’s the best shooter on the team, but it feels great to rely on everyone.”
For as solid as the Bees (1-1) were shooting the rock — they made 20-of-26 free throws overall and 22 of their final 44 field goals — second-year coach Anthony Stacey was most pleased with a 32-18 rebounding advantage after Medina was manhandled 46-22 by Brush.
Teske led the way, but Letts, Geschke, Wiesler, Tyler King, Nick Fyer and Mike Kaminski added three or more apiece.
“That’s what we worked on in practice, so that’s all we had to do in this game,” Letts said.
With Medina leading 13-11 after a sluggish first quarter in which the teams combined to shoot 8-of-28, Wiesler shut down Mayfield point guard Matt Watkins and went to work on the offensive end, too.
Wiesler, a defensive wizard who played big during the Bees’ run to the regional finals last season, hit a 3-pointer in the corner to put the Bees up 20-13, and then picked Watkins clean for a layup just seconds later. Things got out of hand from that point, as five points by Kaminski and a crowd-pleasing 3-pointer from Teske — Stacey yelled, “Knock it down, big fella” right before the shot — added fuel to the fire.
Medina attempted 15 free throws before the Wildcats (1-3) even stepped the stripe, and then went on a 13-0 run to begin the third quarter.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Bees’ bench outscored Mayfield’s 33-15, including eight fourth-quarter points from Chase Johanson, and the Wildcats finished 15-of-50 from the floor.
“I was proud with how the kids responded,” Stacey said.
Seven Mayfield players committed fouls in the first quarter.
A.C. Schreiber and Evan Schreck each had 10 points as junior varsity won 59-24. Cloverleaf girls basketball coach John Carmigiano was one of the referees.
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