Updated: Nov 28, 2022
Berea, OH- The second game on the final day of the Cleveland Basketball Classic was between the Medina Bees and the St. Ed's Eagles. This game lived up to the hype that was built around it since the tournament schedule was first announced.
Medina won the opening tip off. Brock Beech and Carter Hipp set the tone of the game immediately with back-to-back three-point shots to put Medina ahead 6-0. Medina would start the game making their first seven three pointers (mainly from the corners) to establish their dominance. St. Ed’s, whom many in the local have called a national powerhouse showed just why after withstanding what most would say was Medina’s best punch early in the game.
Senior forward Ryan Hargett used his post skills to get the Eagles on the scoreboard with back-to-back layups and Senior guard Brevyn Colman drew back-to-back fouls to help the Eagles tie the game at 12. The Bees continued their hot streak of three pointers to eventually lead the Eagles 24-23 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Medina’s fast-paced transition offense tested the Eagles tremendously. The threes continued to fall, and the Bees seemed like the more physical team to take a 10 point lead into the half at 38-28. Senior guard Brevyn Coleman of the Eagles led both teams with nine points.
In the second half, the Eagles were all business. They started the third quarter on a 9-1 run behind huge three-point shots from Cameron Grant, Hargett and Coleman. The intensity on defense could be seen with the Eagles switching from a zone to a full court press. The Eagles took their first lead of the game at 43-42 with 2:52 in the third quarter.
In the fourth, St. Eds opened with a 5-0 run to put them ahead by seven. The Bees fought back behind the strong efforts from senior guard Luke Klanac and senior forward Hunter Smith to bring them within 3. The Eagles would not let this game slip away knocking down late game foul shots to knock off the Bees with the final score of 63-59 to move to 1-0. Coleman led the Eagles with 16 points. Smith led Medina with 15 points.
We spoke with Eagles senior guard Brevyn Coleman about their 4th quarter success.
"We wanted to come out and play at our won pace, take good shots, and take care of the ball."
We also caught up with St. Ed's coach Eric Flannery to get his thoughts on the big win.
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