As a point of emphasis, Twinsburg’s boys basketball head coach Phil Schmook has talked about how crucial quality shot selection is all season long.
There were some times when shots and decisions could have been different in a 56-48 loss in a Suburban League National Division battle Friday at Brecksville, which has won nine straight games.
That happens through the course of any heated basketball game.
For the Tigers, Brecksville had a lot to do with the reason why.
One of the hottest teams in area, the Bees are allowing less than 51.0 points at home this winter.
Twinsburg managed just 16 field goals as the Tigers (12-4, 7-3) are 1-2 in the second round of league games this winter.
Kenny Ganley showed why he is one of several MVP candidates in the league as he scored 13 points to help Brecksville (13-3, 8-1) capture 11 wins since their 14-point loss in mid-December at Twinsburg.
Ganley was held to just two baskets at the half as Twinsburg’s stout defense gained a 22-21 lead, but the 6-foot-4 wing handled the ball and did a lot of small things.
Dropping its third game in the last four outings, the Tigers are looking to rebound, but it’s important to note that those losses were to quality foes in Solon, Brecksville, and North Royalton.
Another player to hurt the Tigers was forward Joe Labas, who had a double-double (14 points and 11 caroms).
In addition, Labas is also one of the Bees’ defensive stoppers. Labas can block shots in the post or defend out on the wing. He also played superb defense on Twinsburg’s Ralph Campbell, another league MVP candidate.
The explosive Campbell ended with 12 points. Campbell nailed five free throws, but had only three buckets against Labas, and a strong swarming team defense.
Twinsburg vaulted out to an early 11-4 lead, but that cushion evaporated. Brecksville also got hot from the 3-point arc in a 35-point second half.
Upcoming action doesn’t get any easier as the Tigers look for a high post season seed.
After a tough league test at Stow-Munroe Falls Tuesday, Twinsburg plays a league tilt at Wadsworth Feb. 8, and hosts Maple Heights in non-league play Feb. 12.
Looming ahead is a good non-league home matchup against Copley Feb. 19, just after a Feb. 15 home league game against Hudson.
Schmook is hoping to get a solid seed for the rugged Solon Division I district that includes Shaker Heights, Euclid, Warren Harding, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Hudson, and Bedford.
For Twinsburg, senior guard Ryan Felberg notched 12 points, including two treys against the Bees.
Mike Simpson netted six points and was strong on the boards and in the paint as the senior shined off the bench for Twinsburg.
Senior guard Jared Young put in six points on a pair of threes for the Tigers.
Guard Ken McElrath, a junior, had four points as did freshman wing Anthony McCarthy. Ethan Golnick and Dante Yarbrough added a hoop. Freshman Tyler Ganley had 10 points for the Bees.