Student body supports Medina Unified basketball team in home opener
A full house was on hand including a pep band and cheerleaders as the Medina Unified basketball team opened the home portion of its season this afternoon with an student body assembly program contest against Hutch-Tech.
And the student body was treated to a close, entertaining contest with Hutch-Tech emerging with a narrow 38-36 win.
“Getting to play basketball is a great opportunity for these kids and this game is the highlight of the year for them,” said Medina Coach Cal Tuohey. “To play before their peers with a full gym is great. I hope it helps spread the interest in Unified basketball.”
“Our unified basketball program is in its third year of existence, and it has been an amazing experience for many of our student athletes,” said Medina Athletic Director Eric Valley.
All eight of the Mustang players contributed to the point production as Lincoln Pace and David Wiley each scored 8, Tom Biaselli 5, Andrew Owens and Jackson Tuohey 4, Steven Secore 3 and Josh Calus and Bobby Vidovich 2 each.
Trailing 10-9 after one period, 24-16 at the half an 30-24 after three quarters, Medina made the finish exciting as the Mustangs rallied back into a 36-36 tie late after a pair of baskets by Wiley.
However, the comeback bid fell just short as Hutch-Tech earned the win on two free throws by Anthony Carmichael with 19 seconds to go.
The Mustangs rebounded quickly though besting a faculty team 16-11 in a brief contest to close out the program.
Earlier in the week the Mustangs opened their season at Niagara Falls dropping a close 46-42 decision. Wiley scored 14, Tuohey and Owens 8, Vidovich 5, Calus 4 and Secore 3.