Cleveland Heights Tigers look 'scary' good against Lorain Titans

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans guard Eddie Williamson, right, attempts to drive to the basket during the second quarter Friday night at Lorain High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans head coach Andy Bastock disputes a technical foul during the second quarter Friday night at Lorain High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain forward Louis Cheers, right, goes for a layup during the third quarter against Cleveland Heights at Lorain High School on Friday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Titans guard Eddie Williamson, center, attempts a layup during the third quarter Friday night at Lorain High School.

LORAIN — Cleveland Heights coach Andy Suttell describes his team in two ways.

A team that at times is going to look ugly and other times look athletic and scary.

On Friday the Tigers displayed their athletic and scary side.

The result: A 74-52 shellacking of Lorain.

Donald Jones scored a game-high 19 points, while Marcus Bagley and Kory Pearson each added nine as 13 players saw action for the Tigers (5-1, 3-0).

“When we got different guys into the game it’s different rotations that we have, so it was a little sloppy, but overall you have to be happy with a win coming this far,” Suttell said.

Despite 16 turnovers, Cleveland Heights forced 27 of them itself, disrupting everything Lorain (1-4, 1-3) wanted to do offensively.

After the Titans scored the game’s first five points, the Tigers were able to do just that while their offense took over.

Trailing 12-7, Cleveland Heights closed out the first quarter on an 11-0 run, capped off with a Camerin Cross 3-pointer to beat the buzzer.

“Spurts for us … I think that’s our basketball team,” Suttell said. “We’re a team of runs and we’re a team of spurts.”

Lorain ended the run on a layup from Dalandrious Henderson to cut the deficit to 18-14. The Titans would get as close to 20-17 after a Louis Cheers dunk, but that’s as close as they would get the remainder of the game.

Cleveland Heights extended its lead to 15 after a 3-pointer from Dondre McDowell before taking a 35-25 lead into the half.

The Titans were playing without its second and third-leading scorers in Andre Phillips and Devon Andrews — both sidelined with medical issues — forcing Eddie Williamson to play the entire game.

“With me really having no true, backup guard it was very difficult for us,” Lorain coach Andy Bastock said. “Eddie Williamson played the entire game and that’s tough to ask any kid to do.”

Cheers agrees.

“All we had was Eddie all night and that’s kind of tough,” Cheers said. “A lot of people were playing positions they’ve never played before, not even in practice, so they had to adjust to that and the pressure all night long.”

After a Cheers layup to start the third quarter, the Tigers scored the next nine points to extend their lead to 44-27. Back-to-back 3s from Jones made it 50-29, and the rout was on.

Cleveland Heights went on to outscore Lorain 24-15 in the third quarter, taking a comfortable 59-40 lead with it into the fourth when Delaunte Davis hit a teardrop just before the buzzer.

Bagley and Jones each had seven points in the quarter.

Lorain’s offense never found the groove it was looking for, shooting just 42 percent (20 of 47) from the field and turning the ball over 27 times.

“They were trapping hard,” said Cheers, who led the Titans with 15 points and had a nice alley-oop dunk in the first half. “They had quick feet and they were pressuring the ball really well.”

The Titans also struggled from the free-throw line, going just 9-for-21, while the Tigers were 14 of 24.

Williamson and Sherman Saunders each added eight points apiece for Lorain.

Cleveland Heights 74, Lorain 52

Lake Erie League

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — Melon Barnes 0-2 2, Marcus Bagley 4-1 9, Delaunte Davis 2-0 4, Antonio Harper 2-3 7, Donald Jones 7-2 19, Kory Pearson 2-5 9, Camerin Cross 1-0 3, Dondre McDowell 3-0 7, Jeremy Holmes 1-0 2, Brandon Bates 2-0 4, Dairyon Davis 2-1 6, Stewart Smith 1-0 2. TOTALS 27-14 74.

LORAIN — Louis Cheers 5-5 15, Eddie Williamson 3-2 8, Demon Hisle 2-0 5, Sherman Saunders 3-0 8, Gerald Howard 2-0 4, Rashod Berry 2-1 5, Dalandrious Henderson 1-1 3, Brandon Rodriguez 2-0 4. TOTALS 20-9 52.

3-POINT GOALS — C: Jones (3), Cross, McDowell, Davis; L: Hisle, Saunders (2).

Score By Quarters

Cleveland Hts. (5-1, 3-0) 18 17 24 15 — 74

Lorain (1-4, 1-3) 12 13 15 12 — 52

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Cleveland Heights 27 of 55 (49 percent), Lorain 20 of 47 (42 percent)

Free Throws — CH 14 of 24 (58percent), L 9 of 21 (43percent).

Rebounds — CH 25, L 28.

Turnovers — CH 16, L 27.

J.V. — Lorain, 58-49.

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Last Updated: 12/24/2012 2:16:48 AM EST

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