Michael Schuller, Chris Calton lift Midpark Meteors past Midview Middies

BRECKSVILLE — It has been three years in the making for coach Duke Barther and his Midpark Meteors.

Three years now that Michael Schuller and Chris Calton have shared the backcourt, growing with one another through the ups and downs.

On Tuesday night, the duo put it all together, absolutely dominating the Midview Middies en route to a 64-49 victory in the opening round of the Division 1 sectionals at Brecksville High School.

“Those two (Calton and Schuller) have been playing together for three years now. They have played over 60 games with each other and you can see it out there,” Barther said. “They play so well together and so poised. I’m definitely glad those two are on my side.”

Midview head coach Troy DiFranco had just as many good things to say about them.

“We tried literally everything we could to slow them down throughout the game,” DiFranco said. “No matter what we did, which defense we threw at them, they still found a way to get it done. That is a heck of a backcourt they have, and if they keep playing this way, they’re going to be tough to beat.”

Calton and Schuller did it all for the Meteors from start to finish.

Schuller opened the game with a jumper on the first possession, Calton scored seven quick first-quarter points, then Schuller hit a buzzer beater to end the first with a 17-12 lead.

That’s pretty much how the game went for Midpark.

As for the Middies, the game did not get off to a great start.

Just 30 seconds into the game, standout Wes Davic was forced to leave due to a bloody nose.

He only missed a few minutes before returning, but it was obvious the incident affected him.

Davic, who came in averaging more points (15) than any other player in this game, did not attempt a shot until the six- minute mark in the second quarter.

Despite Davic’s offensive struggles, Midview found a way to hang around. It fell down by seven or more points on numerous occasions, but fought right back into the game each time.

Unfortunately for the Middies, every time they cut it to a one possession game, Calton or Schuller took over and pushed the lead back up.

“Our teammates have confidence in us to make the right decision in those situations, so we have to deliver,” Schuller said. “Coach makes it clear my job is to attack and be aggressive so that’s just what I try to do, winning or losing.”

Midview’s best chance may have been midway through the third quarter after Davic found junior Dylan Eason for an easy layup that cut Midpark’s lead to just two, 36-34.

Once again, Schuller and Calton stepped up in a big way.

First Schuller hit a jumper to make it 38-34.

On Midpark’s next possession, Calton made a 3-pointer while being fouled.

The free throw made it 42-34, and just like that, all Midview’s momentum was gone.

In the fourth quarter Midview was forced to start fouling early due to the Meteors four corners offense.

Schuller went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and added a beautiful driving layup in the fourth to seal the win for Midpark.

The duo ended up scoring 47 of their team’s 64 points.

Schuller finished with 24 points while Calton had 23 on 8 of 9 shooting from the field.

The Meteors are red-hot, winners of seven straight games.

They are playing their best basketball at the most important time, and they hope to carry the momentum over to Friday when they face off against No. 6 Solon.

“We are excited to get back on the court Friday against Solon,” Calton said. “We have been playing so good lately, we just want to keep our momentum going. This is the best we’ve played all year and we don’t want it to end.”

Midpark 64, Midview 49

Division I Brecksville District

MIDPARK — Chris Calton 8-5 23, Michael Schuller 7-8 24, Dylan Nguyen 0-6 6, Nolan Gerrity 2-0 4, Mark Lombardo 2-0 5, Shelton Jackson 1-0 2. TOTALS 19-22-64

MIDVIEW — Wes Davic 1-6 8, Grant Overy 2-6 11, Dylan Eason 4-0 11, Devin Dombrowski 3-0 6, Tyler Passenow 3-1 9, Jack Duffner 2-0 4. TOTALS 16-11-49.

3-POINT GOALS –– MV: Eason(3), Overy, Passenow(2) ; MP: Lombardo, Calton(2), Schuller.

Score By Quarters

Midpark (17-6) 17 12 13 22 –– 64

Midview (11-12) 12 12 10 15 –– 49

Team Statistics

Field Goal — Midpark 19 of 37 (52 percent), Midview 16 of 41 (38 percent)

Free Throw — Mipark 22 of 29 (76 percent), Midview 11 of 17 (65 percent)

Rebounds — MP 24, MV 19

Turnovers — MP 5, MV 7

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Last Updated: 2/26/2013 11:44:02 PM EST

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