July 25, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Boys basketball: Evan Schreck leads charge

MEDINA — Evan Schreck wasn’t able to describe it.

Whatever it was, it wasn’t good for Parma’s boys basketball team.

Evan Schreck

The Medina junior missed just one shot Tuesday night in helping the Bees to a 94-42 win in Northeast Ohio Conference cross-divisional play.

Behind Schreck’s career-high 23 points, Medina (3-1) jumped all over the Redmen (1-3) from the opening tip to bounce back from a bitter non-league loss Saturday to Berea-Midpark and open a busy week that includes trips to Garfield Heights (Thursday) and a showcase in Kentucky (Saturday).

“We knew we had to jump out on a good note,” Schreck said. “We don’t want people thinking that our win against Brush and our win against Brunswick was a fluke. We all came together.”

Schreck led the charge, as he came off the bench to shoot 9-of-10 from the floor and hit five 3-pointers to help the Bees build their advantage from 16 points early in the second quarter to as many as 35 before halftime.

It was a performance Medina coach Anthony Stacy knew Schreck had in him.

“Evan’s really been playing good in practice and really shoots the ball well,” Stacy said. “I think with him it’s just a matter of confidence. It’s really a luxury to have him come off the bench and shoot it the way he does and give us a lift. Tonight he was excellent.”

Schreck, whose lone miss came midway through the third after he scored 15 points, agreed with his coach.

“It felt pretty good,” he said. “I was getting open shots, teammates were helping me out to give me good opportunities and I was knocking them down. Once you hit one shot, it just falls into place.

“I just had a chip on my shoulder, had some fire in my gut and I know my team did as well. We knew we had to come out and play well, and I think we did that.”

All 12 of Medina players that saw action scored. Frontcourt players Branden Wilkins and Jon Teske each had 10 points, while starting guard Zach Bennett and reserve post Brent Lary added nine apiece.

Craig Randall ran the offense efficiently with six assists, and a high-flying fast break offense resulted in a pair of two-handed slams from Teske and a one-handed jam by Wilkins in the opening quarter.

“We all just play really well together,” Schreck said of the balanced effort. “We all know our roles. We’re an inside-out offense and once we work it inside, they kick it out to us and that’s how we open up the floor.”

Combine that with pressure man-to-man defense that resulted in 13 steals off Parma’s 28 turnovers and it was an efficient effort.

“We really wanted to get up and pressure them, and I thought we did a good job early on of pressuring them and getting easy basket,” Stacy said. “I thought we had a lot better execution than we did Saturday, and, unfortunately, we have to forget about this one and get ready for Garfield.”


University of Akron coach Keith Dambrot was on hand, along with a handful of other area college coaches.

• Behind 16 points from junior guard A.C. Schreiber, Medina’s junior varsity held on for a 54-43 victory.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.