November 19, 2014

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Zach Parker gives Devils a boost in basketball

STOW — Streaks are meant to be snapped, and Brunswick’s boys basketball team showed why they do Tuesday.

Behind a season-high 24 points from junior Zach Parker, the Blue Devils defeated Stow 70-57 in Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division action.

Zach Parker

It marked the first time in 59 games the defensive-oriented Bulldogs (6-8) allowed more than 65 points.

“We’re starting to find a little bit of an identity on the offensive end,” Brunswick coach Joe Mackey said. “We’re shooting the ball a lot better of late, which obvious helps.”

Playing shooting guard in the absence of Ryan Badowksi, Parker hit six 3-pointers. Point guard Kyle Wheeler (18 points) and center Taylor Armagost (14) also hit double digits.

The Blue Devils (7-8) took control with a 10-0 run to start the second half. They eventually won the third quarter 24-12 while forcing Stow, which received 18 points from Matt Beech and a career-high 17 from Nathan Bower, to abandon its signature methodical offense.

“It was a good win on the road,” Mackey said. “Much needed.”

In other games:

Oberlin 61, Buckeye 50

OBERLIN — An uncharacteristic 23 turnovers and a lack of scoring outside of Garrett Beck (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Jeff Miller (12, 8) doomed the Bucks (9-4, 6-3) in this Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division loss to the Phoenix (9-5, 7-2). “Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Buckeye coach Matt Saunders said. “I thought that Oberlin played well. They were extremely aggressive. They turned us over a lot in the second half, and we weren’t strong with ball in those situations. I’m a little disappointed the way we finished. I thought we missed a lot of makeable shots.” Luckily for the Bucks, they maintained a one-game lead in the Stars Division thanks to Columbia’s win over Wellington. Jason Moore scored a game-high 17 points for Oberlin.

Fairview 71, Black River 30

FAIRVIEW PARK — A 31-point second quarter propelled the Warriors (4-9, 2-7) past the Pirates (0-13, 0-9) in this PAC cross-division matchup. John Miles pumped in a game-high 27 points for Fairview, while Zach Sword’s 10 points led Black River.

Girls

Nordonia 47, Cloverleaf 44

MACEDONIA — The Colts (6-10, 2-7) kept it close but trailed after each quarter during this Suburban League loss to the Knights (7-10, 3-6). Lexi Civittolo had a game-high 14 points, while Briona Burgos tallied 11 and Lauren Gokey added nine points and 10 rebounds. Nordonia won despite shooting 12-of-47 from the floor.