Medina tops Barker to claim N-O title outright
Putting a lock on outright possession of a second straight Niagara-Orleans League championship, Medina posted an 80-42 victory over host Barker this evening.
Jalin Cooper scored 23, Johnny Salone 18, Brendan Luthart 13 and Izaiah Rhim 11 to lead the attack for Medina which improves to 11-0 in the league and 15-4 overall. Mason Lewis added 5, Vincent Montague 4, Tyrellis Atkins 3, Michael Cardone 2 and Tyler Howard 1 for the Mustangs.
Nate Luckman paced Barker with 19 as Jacob Arnold added 5, Eddie Wasnock and Evan Ecker 4, Ryan Voss and Austin Sullivan 3 and Shawn Callaghan and Malik Smith 2.
Barker pulled even at 16-16 early in the second period after a three-point play by Luckman but Medina answered with a key 13-1 run and the Mustangs were never headed.
Salone had a layup and a three-point play, Cooper a pair of layups, Montague a layup and Luthart a bucket during that run as the Mustangs opened up a 29-17 advantage.
Cooper had a total of 8 and Salone 7 in the period which ended with the Mustangs up by a dozen at 35-23.
The Mustangs then broke the contest wide open by exploding for a 16-0 scoring burst over the first three minutes of the third period to open up a commanding 28 point, 51-23, advantage. A slam dunk by Cooper, along with a steal and layup by Salone, highlighted that uprising. Rhim and Cooper both had a total of 6 and Salone 4 during that key stretch.
In all, Medina outpointed Barker 27-9 in the deceive period to extend the advantage to 30, 62-32, at the three-quarter mark. Cooper tallied 8, Rhim and Salone 6 each and Luthart 5 during that uprising.
Medina held a slender 14-13 lead at the end of the first period as Luckman tallied 8, including a pair of threes, to keep Barker close.
Medina will now close out the N-O campaign at Akron at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Barker, which is now 4-7 in N-O action, will wrap up the N-O season at home Thursday against Roy-Hart.
Medina also defeated Barker in the JV game 52-44 as Brian Fry scored 22 and Tyler Chinn 12.