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(updated: 10:54 p.m.) Eastwood boys knock off state-ranked Lake (1-30-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 23:01
Lake's Connor Bowen (32) faces resistance from Eastwood's Zach Jacoby (32) and Tim Hoodlebrink (50). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY —  Eastwood’s boys basketball team continued its historical home court dominance over Lake Thursday and upset the fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Flyers, 71-63.
The Flyers’ loss means a two-way tie for first place in the Northern Buckeye Conference with Lake (13-1 overall) and Rossford now at 7-1. Eastwood (10-4) sits in third place at 6-2.  PHOTO GALLERY
“We knew to stay in league contention this had to be a win for us, and our guys rose to the occasion,” Eastwood coach Matt Routson said.
After trailing 24-19 at the half, Eastwood came out firing and went on an 11-0 run to begin the second half. The run concluded with a two-hand dunk by Steven Bradley with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter to put the Eagles up 30-24.
“The target has been on our back for a while now,” Lake coach Ryan Bowen said.
“Our first-half defense was phenomenal and our second-half defense was not,” he added.
Eastwood had three players in double figures — Jake Schmeltz, 23 points and 10 rebounds; Steven Bradley, 15 points; and Michael Flipse, 12 points.
Lake’s Connor Bowen led all scorers with 27 points. Teammate Jared Rettig added 14 points and 17 rebounds.
A turning point in the game came when Flipse hit a half-court 3-pointer to conclude the first half ,and cut Lake’s lead to 24-19.
“It’s the difference between five and eight points at the half and mentally, it makes a big difference,” Routson said.
As the clock wound down, Flipse dribbled to half court before heaving up the long-range shot that rolled around the rim before going in.
“The shot got us excited, of course. At halftime, we talked about what we needed to do to win the game,” Flipse said.
“When we played Lake at their place, we let it get away and we knew we could beat them,” Flipse added.
Lake defeated Eastwood 52-49 on its home court in December.
Following Eastwood’s 11-0 run to begin the second half, Lake battled to within three at 40-37 with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter. But a Schmeltz jumper and a Flipse steal, layup and free throw moved the lead back to 45-37. A Bowen layup at the other end to conclude the third quarter made it 45-39 headed into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth, Lake again closed the gap to within three with 4:58 remaining at 47-44. But back-to-back Eastwood buckets, followed by a Tim Hoodlebrink bucket and free throw made it a 10-point lead at 54-44.
A Bowen 3-pointer, followed by an Eastwood turnover and Rettig steal made it 67-63 with less than 40 seconds remaining, but it was too little, too late.
While the game stayed competitive through four quarters, Lake struggled to find its footing on the offensive end. The Flyers performed poorly at the free-throw line going just 10-of-21.
“We have historically not played well in this gym,” Bowen said.
Meanwhile, Eastwood exploded for 52 second-half points.
The Eagles were without one of their top scorers as Grant Peters battled foul trouble throughout the entire game. He fouled out with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
It was after Peters got his fifth foul that Routson picked up a foul of his own — a technical foul.
With Peters on the bench for much of the game, “a couple of guys had to play out of position. I had a couple of guards that had to post in the paint and they really stepped up,” Routson said.
Eastwood won the junior varsity game, 42-25. Chris Orcutt had 12 points for Eastwood and Nathan Permar had five for Lake.

Jared Rettig, 6-2—14; Walters, 1-1—3; C. Witt, 0-2-0—6; Neal, 3-2—8; Bowen, 9-2-3—27; Jacob Rettig, 0-1-2—5; A. Witt, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 19-5-10—63.
Peters, 2-0—4; Flipse, 3-1-3—12; Bradley, 7-1—15; Schmeltz, 8-7—23; Faykosh, 1-0—2; Jacoby, 3-0—6; Hoodlebrink, 4-1—9; Coffman, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 28-1-12—71.
LAKE    15    9    15    24    —63
EASTWOOD    8    11    26    26    —71
Junior varsity: Eastwood 42-25.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:40

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