August 1, 2014

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Badowski scores 26

Jonathan Huff

The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — Matchups between the Brunswick and Strongsville boys basketball teams always have an edge to them.

In their Dec. 13 meeting, Brunswick edged the Mustangs in double overtime. Going into their showdown Friday night, the Blue Devils wanted nothing to do with another close game.

Brunswick showed its muscle against its northern neighbor in an 83-64 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division victory.

Ryan Badowski led the Blue Devils with 26 points and four assists.

“This game shows how far we’ve come this season,” Brunswick coach Joe Mackey said. “Playing these teams the second time around, we’ll know how we’ve improved. I think we’ve been playing better basketball, and I’m proud of the kids’ effort tonight.”

The game initially looked like it would be another thriller, as the teams matched each other point for point. Then the Blue Devils (9-5, 3-3) started to turn the screws behind 3-pointers from Badowski and Zach Cebula.

Zach Parker drove the ball the length of the court for a buzzer-beating layup, and Brunswick finished the first quarter on an 8-0 run

Strongsville (1-14, 0-7) kept pace early in the second, but when the Mustangs tried to close the gap, the Blue Devils pushed right back. After hitting four shoots from behind the arc — Cebula and Nick Furman one each, Parker with two — the lead grew and the Blue Devils went into the half up 35-20.

“Our defense was really our key tonight,” Mackey said. “That second quarter, we really picked it up.”

Despite the deficit, the Mustangs showed their own 3-point threat. Sean Aske knocked down a three, and Strongsville showed signs of a comeback. Drew Robertson added another for the Mustangs, but Badowski answered right away with a three of his own.

Even with five more threes in the final quarter, the Mustangs could not get within striking distance.

“We never folded,” Mackey said. “Strongsville is a good team, a lot better than what their record shows. The threes are what they’re known for and we didn’t do a good job in man or zone getting to their guys outside. Every mistake we made, they took advantage. We bent a little, but we never folded.”

In his first start  in place of the injured Nate Armagost, Brunwick center Anthony Slane finished with a career-high 16 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

“This game just shows how much we’ve improved since the first game,” Slane said. “We haven’t played in a while, but we’re practicing so hard and this shows how it pays off.

“I had the opportunity,” he added. “It’s my shot and I produced tonight. There’s nothing better, especially being the rivalry game.”

Contact Jonathan Huff at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Note

Each team received two technicals in the second half.

 The Mustangs won the junior varsity game 39-33. Brunswick’s Michael Quiring netted a 3-pointer to bring the Blue Devils within two points, but two missed shots in the final 30 seconds doomed the Blue Devils.

Contact Jonathan Huff at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Brunswick 83, Strongsville 64

STRONGSVILLE                  9   11   20   24  —  64

BRUNSWICK                      17  18   18   30  —  83

Strongsville — Drew Robertson 5-4-17, Derrick Toffey 1-0-2, Tyler Jamison 3-3-9, Tanner Castora 8-3-21, Alex Ruch 2-0-5, Sean Aske 3-0-8, Vince Dindia 1-0-2, Dom Estremera 0-0-0, Alex Barnes 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-10-64.

Brunswick — Zach Parker 5-3-17, Anthony Slane 6-4-16, Eric Bulic 1-1-3, Ryan Badowski 10-4-26, Jason Okulovich 1-6-8, Michael Quiring 0-0-0, Steve Ficyk 0-0-0, Zach Cebula 2-0-6, Aaron Badowski 0-0-0, Nick Furman 1-0-3, Jeff Rozier 1-0-2, Austin Conn 0-0-0, Nate Armagost 1-0-2. TOTALS: 28-18-83.

3-Point Goals — Robertson 3, Aske 2, Castora 2, Ruch, Parker 4, Badowski 2, Cebula 2, Furman. Rebounds — Strongsville 10 (Castora 3, Robertson 3), Brunswick 23 (Slane 8). Assists — Strongsville 8 (Castora 3), Brunswick 9 (Badowski 4). Records — Strongsville (1-14, 0-7), Brunswick (9-5, 3-3). Junior varsity —Strongsville 39, Brunswick 33.