July 25, 2016

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Boys basketball: Twin towers help Grizzlies post win

WADSWORTH — Having two quality post players is a luxury in boys basketball.

Wadsworth possesses that luxury — and its 6-foot-5 twin towers were dominant on Friday night.

Kyle Prunty and Nathan Pound combined for 27 points, 25 rebounds and six assists, powering the Grizzlies to a 63-46 Suburban League win over Revere in the regular season finale for both teams.

Junior center Prunty led all players across the board with 17 points, 16 boards and four assists, while senior power forward Nathan Pound collected 10 points, eight rebounds and two helpers.

“Kyle and Nate really complement each other on the court, and they’re good friends, which is why I think they play so well together,” Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said.

“Kyle is just so strong and works hard in the weight room all year, while Nate moves so well without the basketball that we can use him more on the outside. The other key is both of them are also very good post passers, which everyone saw tonight.”

Prunty had 13 points and nine rebounds in the first half as the Grizzlies (12-10, 9-5) took a 6-0 lead and never looked back. He completed his double-double in the opening minute of the third quarter and finished the evening 6-for-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from the foul line.

The highlight of his night, however, was starting alongside Pound and fellow seniors Ryan Sheppard, Tony Hogan and Dylan Galford in their final home game.

“I loved being out there with those guys because they welcomed me onto the team as a freshman and have been fun to be around the whole time,” Prunty said. “It was a great experience sharing the court with them, especially Nathan, because we’re good friends. He’s a great guy to be around and is always positive.”

It also meant a lot to Pound, who was 3-for-6 on field goals and 4-for-4 on free throws. He and Prunty outscored the Minutemen’s post players 27-9 and outrebounded them 25-10. Nineteen of their points came before intermission, which was one more than Revere’s entire team had at the time.

“This was definitely one of the coolest things you can experience as a senior, especially since we had a big, loud crowd tonight,” Pound said. “Kyle and I tried to start off strong, which I think we did.

“I know if I get him the basketball, he’s going to score. And he knows if he gets me the ball, I’m going to score. We do work really well together.”

The Minutemen (2-10, 1-13) got as close as 36-32 when forward Dylan Geig (team-high 11 points) buried a 3-pointer to end the third quarter. Senior center Mike Benson (3 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore power forward Zach Lalkowski (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) also helped the surge.

The fourth quarter, though, was all Wadsworth as it started the frame with a 13-2 run fueled by junior guards Tucker Robinson and Patrick Long, junior forward Anthony Palacek (10 points) and sophomore guard Austin White.

“We came out and knew what we had to do tonight,” Prunty said. “We wanted to get off to a quick start and we wanted to make sure our seniors went out with a win at home.

“Now, we want to go out in the tournament and keep playing as long as we can.”

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.