Keeping things in perspective, Twinsburg boys basketball head coach Phil Schmook was upbeat after a non-league win over Dalton that followed a tough league loss to Wadsworth.
Twinsburg followed through with a solid 61-34 non-league road win over Dalton Saturday.
Just the night before, the host Tigers were upended 58-50 by Wadsworth Friday in a Suburban League National Conference test.
It was a loss — behind a 27-17 fourth quarter blitz by Wadsworth — that stung for Twinsburg in the league standings.
With two games left in the league, Twinsburg is 9-3 and trails Stow-Munroe Falls (9-2).
"We missed some pretty easy shots in the fourth quarter to Wadsworth, but that’s one of the things about our kids … they fight back and they are resilient," said Schmook.
"The guys came out with a tremendous amount of energy and effort at Dalton on the very next night," Schmook stated.
Twinsburg (15-4) also received its draw for the upcoming 13-team Solon Division I sectional-district tournament, headed by Garfield Heights. The Tigers are the fourth seed — the highest seed the program has earned in years.
Schmook knows it’s a district that has loads of depth with a slew of quality teams and top talent.
"We need to focus and this is a team that has a lot of parts to it and we have a lot of contributors," noted the coach.
In the win at Dalton (7-13), junior guard Jared Young got the hot hand and popped in 11 points to lead Twinsburg as did senior wing Darrell Newsom.
"Newsom has been a scoring leader for us, but everybody has been contributing," noted Schmook. "Young is a good streaky shooter who will do good things for us."
Junior guard Ryan Felberg hit for 10 points and has been playing well on the offensive end as of late with his penetration and shooting.
Michael Moore, a senior guard, added eight points and senior guard Leroy Fitzgerald added six. Sophomore guards Ken McElrath and Josh Wanton each had four points.
"Felberg has looked more for his offense and has done a good job," said the coach.
Senior wing Antonio Solomon drained a 3-pointer for the Tigers, plus senior post Stefon Scott and sophomore post Ethan Golnick each had two points.
Dalton was led by Andrew Kandel, who buried four triples and had 14 points.
On Friday, part of the reason Wadsworth had such a big fourth quarter comeback was because of some missed shots by the Tigers, who led by two points heading into the fourth period.
Up seven in the first half, Twinsburg didn’t capitalize on a large lead because they missed four easy buckets in the paint.
The Tigers led 17-8 early, but Wadsworth fired back and tied the game 29-29 in the third quarter when Jake Justice drilled a 3-pointer for the Grizzlies (10-8, 7-5).
Missed shots came back to haunt Twinsburg in the fourth period.
"It came down to us missing about six layups — it was just one of those things," noted Schmook. "Those are shots that we normally make. We could have had a double-digit lead in the first half."
"Wadsworth was one of the pre-season favorites in the league this season and is a good team," said the coach.
Moore and McElrath paced Twinsburg with 12 points each.
Twinsburg seemingly scored big tournament seed points with an impressive 51-37 win over visiting Richmond Heights Feb. 6.
Richmond Heights is a Division IV club, but is loaded with talent and is 15-3 overall and ranked 13th in Ohio in Division IV.
"We played very well against a good and athletic Richmond Heights team," said Schmook, who was excited about the defense as well.
McElrath shined in the win as he canned a career high eight free throws to end with 14 points. Felberg put in 10.
Newsom chipped in eight points, senior guard Chris Fox had six, Moore five, and Golnick had four points and two blocked shots. Fitzgerald and Josh Wanton each had a hoop.
Twinsburg plays critical league games vs. Hudson and at Nordonia next Tuesday. The Tigers host Chagrin Falls in non-league play Saturday. All games start at 7:30 p.m.
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