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Avon Lake’s Seth Muck almost perfect in win
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon Lake’s Seth Muck, right, reaches over North Olmsted’s Sean Needles, bottom, to force a jump ball in the fourth quarter at Avon Lake High School on Tuesday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon Lake's Christian Jones, right, and North Olmsted's Branon Dickey chase after a loose ball last night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL North Olmsted's William Lucien fouls Jimmy Hessell in the fourth quarter last night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon Lake's Brad Hamilton loses the ball in the fourth quarter last night.
Avon Lake junior Seth Muck, who set the tone on both ends of the floor, led the Shoremen (9-4, 5-2) with a game-high 15 points.
“Seth is our point guard and our facilitator,” Avon Lake coach Eric Smith said. “He also knows his role and picks his situations well. He knows when to be the primary scorer and when to create for his teammates.”
Muck was a missed jumper away from a perfect shooting night (6 of 7 from the field, and 2 of 2 from the foul line).
Early turnovers from North Olmsted led to a 17-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter, but it could have been much more if not for a few miscues by Avon Lake as well.
“We missed some easier shots down low, especially early,” Smith said. “It’s disappointing when we do good things in spurts, then immediately follow that with a few not so good things.
“We felt that we could give them trouble with our guards and with our pressure. We did that, but we have to do it for the entire game.”
The Eagles managed to close to within nine shortly after the start of the fourth, mostly due to senior Sean Needles hitting two quick 3-pointers and having a hand in two consecutive Shoremen turnovers.
Despite his team-high 12 points it wasn’t enough to overcome both the early mistakes and a good night from Avon Lake.
“Turnovers are a lingering issue for us,” North Olmsted coach Al Palange said. “We’re a very young team and very young at guard. A lot of these guys are still learning the varsity game. We’ve had up-tempo practices, but we need to be better with those same up-tempo situations in game.”
Palange referred to the many turnovers from his team when they attempted to rush the ball up court.
“Unforced turnovers are the worst as a coach,” Palange said. “We simply need to make better decisions.”
North Olmsted’s 6-foot-7 senior William Lucien barely missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
“Billy (William) and Sean Needles are who opposing coaches game plan for when they play us,” Palange said. “But obviously we need to turn in better team efforts if we want to turn things around.”
For the Shoremen, juniors Christian Jones and Brad Hamilton also contributed with 11 and 10 points respectively. Many of their points came off of fast break opportunities after Eagle turnovers.
“We want to pressure you, and once we started hitting our shots under the basket after turnovers is when we took control,” Smith said. “We have guys like Christian and others who specialize in hitting those post turnover shots.
“When you play high pressure defense you want to have as many guys like that as possible.”
Last Updated: 1/22/2013 11:37:57 PM EST