EATON TWP. — When good defense meets struggling offense, you get the kind of basketball game Midview and Cloverleaf played Friday in the first round of the Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament.
The game started evenly but quickly got out of hand, as Midview used stifling defense and a balanced offense to dominate the Colts 58-22.
It marked the lowest scoring total in Cloverleaf history. The previous record of 30 was set Dec. 14, 2012 at Revere and Jan. 7, 2005 vs. Green.
The Middies (4-4) will take on Columbia in the championship game tonight at 7:30, while the Colts (1-7) will battle Amherst Steele in the consolation game at 6.
Midview led just 9-8 after the first quarter with Cloverleaf’s Dillon Mullins (7 points, 4 rebounds) leading the way, but the Middies defense took over from that point.
“Defensively we picked up the intensity a little bit,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “I think we came out a little flat, and I didn’t think we were getting very good ball movement offensively. In the second quarter and beginning of the third quarter, things started to click a little bit.”
Adam Podolak (5 points) buried a 3-pointer to end a 4:40 scoring drought for the Colts and the score stood at 14-11. That was just the appetizer for Colts scoring issues.
“We couldn’t get the ball past half court,” Cloverleaf coach Marty Ryan said. “We didn’t handle the pressure well, and we can’t compete or win games if we don’t get any shots off. I think we only got four shots off in the third quarter. They did a good job pressing us, and we didn’t handle it too well and that was about it.”
It was another 11:45 before the Colts made another basket and 8:17 between free throw makes from Mullins and Troy Kapeluck.
The Middies’ full-court press was tough to beat, and their half-court defense was even better when the Colts managed to beat the press. Midview forced 24 turnovers and outscored Cloverleaf 49-14 after the first quarter.
“I think the back line of our press did a really good job of reading and getting deflections,” DiFranco said. “We had guys get up on people and cause turnovers with travels and stuff like that. I don’t know exactly (what we did), but I wish I knew. We’d do it every time.”
Grant Overy led the Middies with 12 points and was the only player from either team to reach double figures.
“Everyone can score the basketball on our team,” Overy said. “Everyone can have their hot night. Someone can come out and score 20 or someone can come out and score 30. That’s just the way our team is.”
The big difference was that 11 of the 12 players to enter the game for Midview scored at least one basket. The Middies also dominated the glass 35-14.
“We just tried to nail them as much as we could with our defense,” Overy said. “Our offense comes from our defense.”
Jack Duffner (7 points) paced the Midview glass-cleaners with eight boards, while Daimian Mahone and Jacob Wells each had three offensive rebounds.
The turnovers and lack of second-chance points for the Colts — the Middies held a 14-3 offensive rebounding advantage — led to a 15-shot advantage (52-37) for Midview.
|Columbia knocked off Steele 69-64 behind a career-high 23 points from Jay Banyasz and 17 from David Delahunty in the tourney opener. Garrett Klekota led the Comets with 22.|
l The Colts junior varsity fell 67-27 to Midview despite 12 points from Michael Martin. Curtis Caithaml led the Middies with 11.
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Midview 58, Cloverleaf 22
CLOVERLEAF 8 4 3 7 — 22
MIDVIEW 9 13 20 16 — 58
Cloverleaf — Andrew Jarrett 1-0-2, Troy Kapeluck 0-1-1, Dillon Mullins 2-3-7, Adam Podolak 2-0-5, Ryan O’Callaghan 0-0-0, Damian Tripp 2-0-4, Braedon Hansen 1-0-3, Matt Geig 0-0-0, Garrison Flora 0-0-0, A.J. Timken 0-0-0. TOTALS: 8-4-22.
Midview — Daimion Mahone 2-1-5, Logan Bolin 1-2-5, Jack Duffner 2-3-7, Grant Overy 4-2-12, Matt Randolph 3-2-9, Vince Blevins 1-0-2, Jacob Wells 1-0-2, Kyle Warner 3-0-8, Brett Zupancic 0-0-0, Ryan Miller 1-0-2, Dimitri Redwood 1-1-3, Garrett Overy 1-0-3. TOTALS: 20-11-58.
3-point goals — Geig, Podolak, Gr. Overy 2, Warner 2, Bolin, Ga. Overy, Randolph. Rebounds — Cloverleaf 14 (Kapeluck 5), Midview 35 (Duffner 8). Assists — Cloverleaf 3 (O’Callaghan 2), Midview 9 (Randolph 2). Records — Midview (4-4), Cloverleaf (1-7). Junior varsity — Midview 67, Cloverleaf 27.