Amherst Comets fall to Olmsted Falls Bulldogs

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Amherst’s Rees Rua, right, gets blocked by Olmsted Falls’ Alex Mitchell in the third quarter of Division I Grafton District action on Monday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Olmsted Falls' Nick Fritz, left, grabs Amherst's Rees Rua as he drives past him in the third quarter of Division I Grafton District action played at Midview High School on Monday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Amherst's Garrett Klekota gets trapped along the sideline by two Olmsted Falls defenders in the fourth quarter of Division I Grafton District action played at Midview High School on Monday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Amherst’s Garrett Klekota, right, brings the ball up the court past Olmsted Falls’ Nick Fritz in the first half of Division I Grafton District action played at Midview High School on Monday night.

EATON TWP. — Amherst did everything they wanted to do in the first quarter. However, Olmsted Falls was able to shift the tempo.

The Bulldogs recovered from their tough start and used the up-and-down pace to their advantage en route to a 69-61 Division I Grafton District sectional win on Monday. It was third meeting of the season between the two teams with each team winning one.

“Things were going the way we wanted them to go in the first quarter,” Amherst Coach John Srnis said. “We kind of self destructed in the second quarter. We missed some opportunities. They turned up their intensity and we didn’t match it.”

Using patience on offense and a tenacious defense, Amherst (11-12) built up a 12-3 lead midway through the first quarter. Nick Glowacki and Guy Schuler each had five points early on.

The six-point lead the Comets had to start the second quarter started to slowly dissipate. Patrick Haynes drilled a 3-pointer to give Olmsted Falls a 22-21 lead. They were able to extend it to 27-23 at the half.

After struggling in the first half from behind the arc (2 of 13), Olmsted Falls hit their first one of the half. It was their last one of the game with the Bulldogs focusing on the inside game.

Starting with 6-foot-5 Alex Mitchell, Olmsted Falls started to attack the paint. Mitchell scored six points in the third quarter. He also snagged three rebounds to help the Bulldogs close out the third quarter with a 10-2 run and give them a 48-39 lead.

“He (Mitchell) got them some big baskets,” Srnis said. “He also got some easy baskets which got them going. We didn’t have an answer for him. We didn’t do a good job around the basket.”

Mitchell’s play off the bench at both ends of the floor helped turn the momentum to Olmsted Falls’ favor. He led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The bench played a big part, accounting for 39 points.

“I thought Alex brought a lot of energy,” Olmsted Falls Coach Chris DeLisio said. “We like to shot a lot of 3s, but they weren’t going. I was happy to see us start attacking the basket. Alex was a big reason why we did.

“We have used eight or nine starting lineups for a variety of reasons. So the guys who came off the bench have started for us at one point or another.”

Mitchell started the fourth quarter with a tip-in to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 50-39, but with Amherst junior guard Garrett Klekota on the floor — anything was possible.

Klekota, who had a game-high 26 points and a team-high eight rebounds, had four free throws to close the deficit down to 50-44. Mitchell added two more baskets to extend the lead back up to 56-49.

“Garrett had a nice game,” Srnis said.

Spreading out and running their motion offense, Olmsted Falls accomplished burning clock and keep Amherst at bay with free throws.

Hitting 11 free throws in the fourth quarter helped seal the Bulldogs third meeting of the year with Brecksville.

“They played and executed better,” Srnis said. “They were hungrier than we were. Sometimes you play a bad game because of what your opponent is doing and I think that is what happened to us.

“For the last game of the season, you want to go out playing your best and I don’t think we did.”

Though the loss was disappointing, Amherst has a bright future returning five of its top eight players. The sophomores and juniors who are coming back saw a lot of playing time and gained plenty of experience.

“We have a great bunch of kids,” Srnis said. “We look forward to the future.”

Olmsted Falls 69, Amherst 61

Division I Grafton Sectional

AMHERST — Adam Srnis 2-0 6, Nick Glowacki 3-0 7, Matt Kneisel 1-0 2, Guy Schuler 5-5 15, Garrett Klekota 6-11 26, Danny Fortney 1-0 3, Rees Rua 1-0 2. TOTALS 19-16 61.

OLMSTED FALLS — Steve Johnson 1-5 8, Kenny Hanna 3-0 6, Brandon Friedrich 0-3 3, Ryan Sosic 3-7 13, James Sabatka 2-4 8, Patrick Haynes 3-0 8, Alex Mitchell 8-0 16, Sam Lombardo 2-3 7. TOTALS 22-22 69.

3-POINT GOALS — A: Srnis (2), Klekota (3), Glowacki; OF: Johnson, Haynes (2).

Score By Quarters

Amherst (11-12) 17 6 16 22 — 61

Olmsted Falls (11-12) 11 16 21 21 — 69

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Amherst 19 of 44 (43 percent), Olmsted Falls 22 of 50 (44 percent).

Free Throws — A 16 of 22 (73 percent), OF 22 of 32 (69 percent).

Rebounds — A 28 (Klekota 8), OF 35 (Mitchell 10).

Turnovers — A 13, OF 7.

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Last Updated: 2/25/2013 11:23:03 PM EST

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