WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth boys basketball team’s 64-39 win Friday over Tallmadge was Grizzlies coach Mike Schmeltzer’s “dream game.”
It wasn’t the score of the Suburban League game that caused Schmeltzer to grin from ear-to-ear, but rather the way Wadsworth (10-9, 8-4) scored. Of the Grizzlies’ 25 baskets, 23 came off an assist as nine players had hand-outs.
“That is a coach’s dream,” Schmeltzer said. “When you have 23 assists on 25 baskets, that means you are not only looking for the open player, but the guys who received the feed worked hard to get open for the shot.”
Of Wadsworth’s first 13 baskets, 12 came on assists as it led by 35-18 at halftime.
With all the passing and open shots, Wadsworth was 25-of-43 (.581) from the floor, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range.
“We played very unselfish basketball tonight, and the results show it,” Schmeltzer said. “We have been working hard in practice to concentrate on improving our passing and getting open shot selections.”
Tucker Robinson (4 points) and Patrick Long (6) had the hot hands in the assist department, as each contributed five. Barry Fernholz (4 points, 5 rebounds) was right behind with four.
“Wadsworth’s passing was exceptional tonight,” said Tallmadge coach Aaron Hinkle said, whose team fell to 5-13, 2-10. ”They kept moving the ball quickly, which resulted in a lot of open uncontested shots.”
The ball movement wasn’t the only thing that had Schmeltzer smiling, as his team’s defense and transition game also received a lot of accolades. The Blue Devils were limited to a 37.5-percent shooting effort when the game was still in doubt.
“We started out with pressuring the ball and kept switching defenses to try and force turnovers (16) and hamper their shooting,” Schmeltzer said. “The other thing which makes me smile was our transition game getting up floor after Tallmadge missed. The kids did a great job on transition and rebounding.”
Led by seven rebounds from Austin White (19 points), the Grizzlies won the category 26-17.
Kyle Prunty added 11 points to the Wadsworth cause, as eleven of the 12 players who saw playing time scored.
|Joel Kipfer (13 points) and Nick Hewitt (10 points) led the Wadsworth junior varsity to a 43-31 victory.|
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Wadsworth 64, Tallmadge 39
TALLMADGE 8 10 8 13 — 39
WADSWORTH 19 16 12 17 — 64
Tallmadge — Andrew Francesconi 6-1-13, Damon Gidley 2-0-4, Anthony Gotto 2-0-4, Nate Bickar 0-0-0, Bryon Cook 2-1-5, Kyle Johnson 0-0-0, Joseph Vassolotti 1-0-2, Tyler Duben 0-0-0, Colton Stricker 3-0-7, John Rensel 2-0-4. TOTALS: 18-2-39.
Wadsworth — Austin White 6-3-19, Kyle Prunty 5-1-11, Nathan Pound 2-0-4, Patrick Long 2-0-6, Barry Fernholz 2-0-4, Tucker Robinson 1-2-4, Tony Hogan 0-0-0, Martice Jackson 1-0-2, Ryan Sheppard 1-0-3, Anthony Palecek 2-0-5, Jimmy Elchlinger 2-0-4, Eric Perebzak 1-0-2. TOTALS: 25-6-64.
3-point goals — White 4, Long 2, Palecek, Sheppard, Stricker. Rebounds — Tallmadge 17 (Rensel 6), Wadsworth 26 (White 7). Assists — Tallmadge 9 (Vassolotti 3), Wadsworth 23 (Robinson, Long 5). Records — Tallmadge (5-13, 2-10), Wadsworth (10-9, 8-4). Junior varsity — Wadsworth 43, Tallmadge 31..
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