Columbia Raiders sink Midview Middies for Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament championship

EATON TWP. — There was a packed house at Midview Saturday night to see the Middies take on the unbeaten Columbia Raiders in the finals of the annual Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament.

In a match up between two of some of the top teams in the area, Columbia stepped up and showed they’re for real, beating Midview 63-52.

“First off, this was a huge win for our program,” Columbia coach Larry Babics said. “We were lucky to even be invited to this tournament, so it is definitely a very proud victory for the program.”

Columbia (8-0) got off to a fast start thanks to five turnovers by the Middies (5-4) early on.

A basket by Jay Banyasz gave the Raiders an early 11-3 lead.

“We made a few runs and cut the lead down to six a few times, but we couldn’t get over the hump,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “That early lead they were able to build ended up being the difference.”

The teams traded baskets and mini-runs throughout the first half. Following a 3-pointer by Midview’s Jason Sykora, the Middies went into the half trailing 28-22.

Columbia quickly set the tone to open the second half, hitting back-to-back 3s to double their lead to 34-22 in less than a minute.

Midview stayed close to some timely shooting and dominate play by standout Wes Davic. Davic dominated the boards, scoring on numerous putbacks. He also showed off his range, hitting a 3 and a few jumpers.

Despite Davic’s impact, Columbia remained in control and took a 48-36 lead into the fourth.

“Davic was a ton to handle tonight. We felt like we did a pretty good job on him and he still had an easy double-double,” Babics said. “Fortunately we were able to limit him enough to pull out the win.”

Davic finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with a game high 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Late in the fourth Davis went on a 7-0 run off his own to cut the Columbia lead to 58-52.

Unfortunately for Midview Zach Stopper put away any hope of a comeback, hitting a huge 3 with just over a minute remaining to put the Raiders up 61-52.

Columbia, who is one of the best shooting teams in the area, once again were lights out from downtown, hitting nine 3-pointers.

The Raiders were led by Stopper, Banyasz, and Jacob Simon who scored 17,16, and 16 respectively.

“Give Midview a lot of credit, they gave us all we could handle and they are a very good team and program,” Babics said. “This was a real test for us and I’m very proud of the way my guys responded.”

Amherst 49, Cloverleaf 35: Coming off a loss to Columbia on Friday night, Amherst coach John Srnis made it clear that he needed to see a lot more effort out of his players.

The Comets responded right away, forcing six early turnovers en route to a win over Cloverleaf in the consolation game.

“Last night we got out-hustled all night long, and that’s not acceptable.” Srnis said. “We did a better job tonight and it shows in the results. We will work hard.”

Amherst (5-3) scored the first points of the game on a 3-pointer by sophomore Adam Srnis. The Comets never looked back, leading 20-11 after the first quarter and keeping the lead the remainder of the game.

Cloverleaf (1-8) got a strong effort from senior Robbie Buckwald, who scored 17 points, including two 3s.

The Comets were once again paced by Garrett Klekota, who put in a game-high 19 points.

“After a bad loss to Columbia, we all knew we had to play a lot better tonight, and we did that.” Klekota said. “Feels good to bounce back the way we did and leave here on a high note.”

Columbia 63, Midview 52

Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament

Championship Game

Columbia — Brandon Severo 2-2 8, Jay Banyasz 7-1 16, Michael Boley 1-1 4,Jacob Simon 6-0 17, Kevin Simon 1-0 2, Zach Stopper 6-5 17. TOTALS 23-9 63.

Midview — Wes Davic 9-6 27, Matt Randolph 3-0 8, Jacob Wells 1-0 2, Grant Overy 1-0 3, Jack Duffner 4-2 10, Kyle Warner 0-2 2. TOTALS 19-10 52.

3-POINT GOALS — C: Severo (2), Simon(4), Banyasz, Boey, Stopper; M: Davic, Randolph(2), Overy.

Score By Quarters

Columbia (8-0) 14 14 20 15 — 63

Midview (5-4) 8 14 14 16 — 52

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Columbia 23 of 47 (48 percent), Midview 19 of 44 (42 percent).

Free Throws — Columbia 9 of 15 (60 percent), Midview 10 of 15 (66 percent).

Rebounds — C 22, M 26.

Turnovers — C 8, M 20.

Amherst 49, Cloverleaf 35

Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament

Consolation Game

Amherst — Matt Kneisel 2-0 4, Rees Rua 5-1 11, Adam Srnis 2-1 7, Garrett Klekota 6-6 19, Eric Lamb 4-0 8. TOTALS 19-6 45.

Cloverleaf — Bishop Woodall 1-0 2, Ryan O’Callaghan 0-1 1, Clifford Collyer 2-1 5, Jason Sykora 1-0 2, Connor Ploucha 2-2 6, Brandt Buckholz 1-0 2, Robbie Buckwald 5-5 17. TOTALS 12-9 35.

Score By Quarters

Amherst (5-3) 20 9 8 12 — 49

Cloverleaf (0-8) 11 6 9 9 — 35

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Amherst 19 of 42 (41 percent), Cloverleaf 12 of 37 (34 percent).

Free Throws — Amherst 6 of 8 (75 percent), Cloverleaf 9 of 13 (72 percent).

Rebounds — A 20, C 18.

Turnovers — A 10, C 16.

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Last Updated: 12/29/2012 11:21:31 PM EST

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