April 24, 2014

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Boys basketball: Bulldogs clamp down on Grizzlies

GREEN — The Wadsworth boys basketball team won’t want to remember Tuesday.

After a decent start to its matchup with Suburban League rival Green, things got ugly fast.

Wadsworth’s Austin White puts up a shot against Green’s Nicholas Reale in the first quarter. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

The Bulldogs defense was almost impenetrable and Carson Corle went off for a career night as Green downed Wadsworth 50-29.

The Grizzlies (2-2, 1-1) were held to 10 points in the second half, including four in the fourth quarter.

They also couldn’t stop Corle, who scored 10 points during a second quarter in which the Bulldogs (2-1, 2-0) pushed a three-point lead to 11 by halftime.

All told, the senior forward scored half of his team’s points and did it by physically earning every single tally in the scorebook.

“It felt really good, and it as a lot of fun,” Corle said. “Our team played with an intensity like I’ve never seen.”

Corle drove into the teeth of the paint possession after possession, either knocking down a tough layup in the lane or earning his way to the free throw line.

“He can get in there and finish,” Green coach Mark Kinsley said. “He’s a tough guy to guard and I’m glad he’s playing for us.”

Corle hit 11-of-12 shots at the charity stripe and 7-of-10 from the floor to easily surpass his previous career high of 14.

“I’ve been waiting for this a long time,” Corle said. “To come out as a senior, I hoped to be able to push a team. I wouldn’t be myself with (my teammates), but it felt really good to help them out a lot.”

In the defensive slugfest, Wadsworth’s Austin White was the only other player to reach double-digits with 11 points.

“Anytime you can hold a varsity basketball team to under 30 points, it’s just an outstanding defensive job,” Kinsley said. “I am real proud of our guys.”

The rest of the players from both squads not only had trouble making shots, but difficulty even getting shots off in the rugged battle.

“We didn’t have a very good shooting night tonight,” Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said. “We were 3-for-17 from behind the arc. We only get off 31 total shots. We should be at 50-60 shots a game.”

Green forced Wadsworth into an 8-for-31 shooting and forced 18 turnovers.

Note

Green won the junior varsity contest 57-31 behind Daniel Stopp (16 points), Zach Schultz (12) and Noah Pritchard. Joey Johnson led the Grizzlies with nine.

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