Mustangs open N-O League title defense with victory over rival Purple Eagles
Steadily pulling away, Medina opened defense of its Niagara-Orleans League basketball title with a 61-40 win over visiting rival Albion this evening.
Jalin Cooper scored a game high 19 and Brendan Luthart 11 to lead the Medina attack as Izaiah Rhim added 9, Mason Lewis 8, Brian Fry 6, Jorge Phillips 4 and Nate Sherman and Tavian Rhim 2 each.
Deyonci Farley tallied 14 and Bryce Pritchard 13 to lead Albion as Demetrius Gardner had 7 and Liam Ward and Hunter Webster 3 each.
Medina jumped out to a 13-10 first period advantage, a lead the Mustangs would not relinquish. A three and a three-point play by Lewis led the way in the early going.
The Mustangs extended the lead a bit to seven, 27-20, at the half as Cooper made three layups and Luthart hit a three during that stretch. Gardner scored 5 and Pritchard made a 3 to keep Albion close.
Three more layups and a dunk by Cooper, followed by another three by Luthart, upped the Medina advantage to 14, 39-25, with three minutes to go in the third period. The Mustangs maintained a 10 point, 40-30, lead at the three-quarter mark.
The Mustangs then broke the contest open for good with a 10-3 scoring spurt over the first four minutes of the final period to stretch the advantage to 17, 50-33, A three and a fast break layup by Luthart capped off that key uprising.
A three by Izaiah Rhim and a layup by Phillips ballooned the lead to 21, 57-36, with two minutes to go to close out the win.
Now at 1-3 overall, Medina next faces St. Francis at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a non league contest.
The evening’s other scheduled N-O contest, Akron vs. Wilson was postponed.