By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
GARFIELD 63, CHAMPION 40
Preston Gedeon’s career-high 28 points helped the G-Men snap five-game losing streak and drop the Flashes by double-digits on the road.
Gedeon’s night included 10 made field goals, including a pair of 3s, while also connecting on 6-of-10 from the free-throw line.
He had help offensively, with Jackson Sommer adding nine points, Nick Edic with eight and Carter Bates and Aidan Hill each scoring seven points for the G-Men (3-8, 1-2 MVAC).
After falling behind 18-12 in the first quarter, Garfield pulled closer by halftime with a deficit of only 25-24.
The G-Men made their move in the third quarter with an offensive barrage that included 24 points that completely changed the tale of the game.
By holding the Flashes to only 10 points in the decisive third quarter, the G-Men took a 48-35 lead into the fourth quarter.
Garfield’s solid defense continued in the final eight minutes, holding Champion to just five points in the fourth.
Champion was led in scoring by Joey Fell, who finished with 15 points.
CRESTWOOD 52, BERKSHIRE 41
The Red Devils steadily pulled away from the Badgers in a victory on Tuesday night in Mantua.
Dekota Johnson poured in 18 points to lead Crestwood in scoring, with half of those points coming in an offensive barrage in the first quarter.
Charlie Schweickert buried four 3-pointers in the game to score 13 points, while Jimmy Peters did his work from inside the arc, hitting five field goals for 10 points.
NORTON 63, FIELD 61
The Panthers closed out the Falcons in the fourth quarter to pull out the narrow road victory in Brimfield.
Field (1-9, 0-6 MAC) entered the fourth quarter with a 49-47 lead, but the Panthers outscored the Falcons 16-12 over the final eight minutes of play.
Buddy Willig was Norton’s leading scorer with 22 points. He made seven field goals and was 8-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Field received 51 of its points from four players, with Braxton Baumberger leading the team with 18 points. Joe Crawford was right behind him with 15 points, while sophomores Grady Eader and Drexal McAmis each scored nine points for the Falcons.
KENT ROOSEVELT 63, AURORA 49
The Rough Riders were red-hot in the first quarter, while working efficiently on defense to set the stage for Tuesday’s Suburban League American Conference victory over the visiting Greenmen.
Roosevelt owned a 19-4 lead after the first eight minutes, then continued to keep Aurora at a distance.
Ryan Slocum (11 points, 15 rebounds) and Gavin Leslie (10 points, 12 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Riders in the victory.
Jeremiah Lepp, who hit a pair of 3s, added 12 points, while Tyrel Ellington also reached double figures with 14 points.
STREETSBORO 58, SPRINGFIELD 15
The Rockets buried seven 3-pointers and Naomi Benson scored a game-high 16 points to highlight the team’s Metro Athletic Conference victory at Springfield on Tuesday night.
Olivia Johnson-Wilson hit a trio of 3s to finish with nine points, while Ella Kassan and Maiya Taylor each also scored nine points for the Rockets, who improved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the MAC with the triumph.
Springfield’s record dropped to 3-8 overall and the Spartans are now 1-5 in conference play.