Medina tops Akron to claim N-O title outright
Locking up outright possession of a school record fourth straight Niagara-Orleans League championship, Medina used a big third period scoring burst to key a 64-38 victory over visiting Akron this evening.
The victory boosts Medina’s N-O record to 11-0 (16-3 overall) heading into Thursday’s league finale at Wilson.
Trailing 23-22 at the outset of the third period, Medina put together a decisive 15-0 scoring burst to regain the lead for good.
Three layups and a pair of free throws by Nate Sherman highlighted that uprising which also included a three and a layup by Brian Fry and a layup by Tyler Chinn for a commanding 37-23 lead.
The Mustangs maintained an 11 point, 41-30, lead at the three-quarter mark.
Akron did cut the deficit to nine, 44-35, early in the final period but Medina answered with a clutch 14-0 run to put a lock on the victory.
Fry had a three and a layup, Sherman a jumper and a layup, Chinn a layup and Izaiah Rhim a layup to vault the Mustangs out to a 23 point, 58-35, advantage with two minutes to go.
Medina jumped out to a 15-8 first period lead as Izaiah Rhim had a three, a layup and a jumper and Vincent Montague a three and jumper.
The Mustangs maintained a seven point, 20-13, lead midway through the second period but Akron closed the stanza with n 8-2 run, including a three and a two by Jake Siska, to cut the deficit to one, 22-21 at the half.
The Tigers then took what proved to be a brief 23-22 lead at the outset of the second half on a layup by Siska but the Mustangs answered back with a decisive 15-0 run to regain control.
Sherman finished with a game high 21 to lead the Mustangs as Chinn had 12, Fry 11, Izaiah Rhim 9, Montague 7 and Joe Cecchini and Jarin Rhim 2 each.
Adam Mietz led Akron with 13 as Siska had 7, Jake Mazza ad David Kalinowski 5, Brandon Orr and Aiden Smith 3 and Gage Willis 2.
Akron finishes the N-O season at 7-5.