Elyria, OH- On Thursday night Elyria Catholic hosted the Wellington Dukes in a non-conference matchup. ECHS was 2-1 entering the game while Wellington came in at 2-3.
Wellington won the opening tip but their first possession ended in a missed shot. After that Elyria Catholic ran in transition which led to a Colin Ginley 3-pointer. He made another triple on the next possession as well.
Thomas Niederst also hit a 3-pointer for Elyria Catholic on the very next possession for them. The offense kept clicking for Elyria as they kept scoring with ease. At the end of the first the Panthers held a 19-7 lead.
To start the second quarter Sean Whitehouse hit a layup but Ginley went right back and made one of his own on the other end. Ginley later got a steal and dunked the ball with one hand in transition.
Elyria kept pushing the ball in transition, and it kept working. Their outside shots were falling as well making their offense look unstoppable. Braden Hamer made a 3-pointer for Wellington, but Jacob Radcliffe answered right back with one of his own for Elyria Catholic.
Brady Engle got a nice tip-in for Elyria Catholic, and the offense kept going strong. At the end of the first half the score was 47-18 in favor of Elyria Catholic.
To start the second half Hamer blocked a shot inside which was impressive to see to start the third. After a steal Tony Grasso got an and-one to fall and hit the free throw for Elyria Catholic. The Panthers got three steals in a row and converted on all fast break opportunities.
Adam Michalak hit a 3-pointer for the Dukes for the first points of the second half. The crowd went completely silent once Thomas Niederst seemed to hurt his ankle. Luckily, he got up okay. Elyria Catholic held a commanding 73-25 lead after three.
To start the final period, John Paul Spray hits another 3-pointer for Elyria Catholic putting them up by over fifty. At this point Elyria Catholic’s bench players were in as there was almost no chance of them blowing their big lead. The final score was 89-36 as Elyria Catholic notched their third win of the season. Leading ECHS with 14 points was Thomas Niederst.
I spoke with Thomas Niederst after the game.
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