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Tigers lose shooting touch, fall to Wadsworth

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: February 15, 2017 12:00 AM
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After a strong start, the Twinsburg boys basketball squad saw a hot shooting touch turn ice cold in a league loss on the road at Wadsworth.

Twinsburg fell 57-51 to Wadsworth Feb. 10 to drop to 3-15 overall and to 2-9 in the deep Suburban League National Conference.

Shots just weren't falling for Twinsburg, which shot just 24-percent from the floor in a 14-of-58 effort.

However, Twinsburg started a sizzling 6-of-10 early on and forced a 24-24 tie at the half and had a brief lead early in the third period.

Wadsworth outscored the Tigers 19-9 in a pivotal third quarter to move to 13-5 overall and 9-2 in the league.

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After that 6-10 start shooting, Twinsburg shot just 17 percent the rest of the way.

"You can't beat anybody shooting that way, but we did play well at times- especially on defense," said head coach Phil Schmook. "We had some breakdowns in the fourth quarter on both ends."

Michael Moore led the Tigers with 18 points. The wing made two 3-point bombs in the loss.

Senior Mike Cusma netted eight points and Ralph Campbell had seven. Kenny McElrath battled in the game with four points and three rebounds while Josh Wonton had three points and three rebounds.

Stefon Scott and Darrell Newsom each added four points, and Leroy Fitzgerald buried a 3-pointer.

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Wadsworth was led by Beau Casey, who had 12 points and four boards, plus Christian Szalay (10 points) and Reid Black (eight) also stood out.

"As a staff, we are pleased with the progress this team has made," noted the mentor.

The Tigers received the sixth seed at the Solon Division I sectional-district tournament draw and will host a first round game.

In the first round, Twinsburg hosts seventh seed Aurora (6-12) March 1 at 7 p.m.

Garfield Heights was named the top seed, followed by Maple Heights, Shaker Heights, Kenston, and Cleveland John Hay.

"I think we are in a positive situation because what's helping us is the fact we have played a very strong schedule this season," pointed out Schmook.

The winner will play March 4 in a sectional final at Kenston, the fourth seed. The Bombers are 12-7 overall.

"We struggled with some matchups the first time against Aurora, but we know our first opponent and I think whoever wins that first round game with us will have their schedule help out in the next round," said the coach.

In upcoming action, Twinsburg hosts Nordonia Feb. 17, plays Feb. 18 at Chagrin Falls, and plays Feb. 24 at Cuyahoga Falls in the regular season finale.

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