But once Western Reserve started pressing the visitors and creating turnovers, it was pretty much all Roughriders.
Western’s 72-48 win Friday kept the ’Riders undefeated in the Firelands Conference at 10-0. Western (11-4 overall) coach Chris Sheldon said the message has been to focus on winning one game at a time, give each team their undivided attention and don’t get distracted.
“If we go 1-0 today, that’s all that matters,” he said. “You’ve got to stay present and in the moment; you can’t look too far down the road and you gotta take care of business and we did that today and that’s what we’ve gotta focus again on Monday night (at Mapleton).”
Crestview led 4-0 to begin Friday’s game. At the end of the first quarter, Western was up 17-11.
“We started to press to try to pick up the pace a little bit and then I thought that got us going with our energy and finally getting some turnovers and deflections that led to easy buckets,” Sheldon said.
“We wanted to make it a faster game than what it was playing at,” he added. “You know, sometimes when we play faster, we tend to play a little better. That was no different for us tonight.”
Sophomore Like Rowlinson hit four three-pointers in the first half. He scored 16 of his 19 points in the first two quarters.
“Our guys did a good job of … finding him and getting him open looks and Luke did his job by making them. When he does that, he makes the game look pretty easy for us,” Sheldon said.
Three other Western players hit double figures. Senior Aiden Markley swished in 11 points while junior JJ Weisenberger and sophomore John Skrada each added 10.
Jude Muenz led the rebounding effort with seven. The freshman also distributed three assists.
Senior Hayden Huntington pulled down four rebounds.
“When you have four guys in double figures, that tells me offensively you’re pretty sound as well and you’re selfless. I thought those were our two biggest keys — our offensive energy creating turnovers that got us going offensively,” Sheldon said.
Western went into the locker room leading 38-22. The ’Riders outscored Crestview 21-11 in the second quarter and 18-10 in the third.
“The last time we played them down there at their place, we had a 20-point halftime lead and only won by six. We did a really nice job tonight of maintaining that second half and building upon that 16-point lead … at halftime. We didn’t take the foot off the gas pedal and we kept playing,” Sheldon said.
The ’Riders went into the final quarter with a 56-32 advantage.
“When you’re playing a team you’re supposed to beat, you get a little nervous as a basketball coach as to how efficient you’ll be, what kind of energy will you have and do you take them seriously,” Sheldon said. “And I think defensively there in the first half, we started to create a lot of turnovers that led to some easy baskets for us and that just got us going and in the flow offensively to where … we really started to move the basketball, share it (and) make shots.”
Western made it a sweep Friday with a 50-41 junior varsity win. Sophomore Adam Lewis led the team with 13 points. Freshman Jacob Jarrett added 12.
Monday’s game at Mapleton is a makeup game from a Jan.19 winter storm. Western then travels to Norwalk to face St. Paul on Friday.
“We’ll be the favorite going in (on Monday), but that doesn’t mean anything, especially on the road,” Sheldon said. “So we’ve got to make sure that they get our full attention after taking a day or so off and we get ready to go and try to win another league one on the road.”
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CRESTVIEW (3-13, 0-10)
Jacob Greer 3-0—6; Daytona Ritchie 2-0—6; Kaiden Henthorn 1-0—3; Kam Goon 6-1—14; Christian Sauder 0-1—1; Evan Hamilton 4-1—7; Hunter Spencer 1-0—2; Evan Gibbs 0-1—1; Nick Ritchey 3-2—8. TOTALS 16-3—42.
W/ RESERVE (11-4, 10-0)
Luke Wyers 3-1—7; Cory Hipp 1-0—2; JJ Weisenberger 4-1—10; John Skrada 4-2—10; Jude Muenz 1-0—3; Matt Jarrett 1-0—2; Aiden Markley 3-4—11; Luke Rowlinson 7-0—19; Adam Lewis 1-0—2; Hayden Huntington 3-0—6. TOTALS 28-8—72.
Crestview 11 11 10 16 — 48
W. Reserve 17 21 18 16 — 72
3-point FGs: (C) Ritchie 2, Goon; (WR) Rowlinson 5, Weisenberger, Muenz, Markley,
JV: Western, 50-41