Sometimes it just comes down to getting buckets and that was what enabled the Twinsburg boys basketball team to hand Brecksville its first loss of the season.
Even in the losses to league strongholds North Royalton and Stow-Munroe Falls, the defense has been there all along for the Tigers.
This time around, the offense and some solid shooting at the free throw line was also the mix for host Twinsburg, which moved to 3-2 in the Suburban League National Conference with the 56-45 win Friday.
"It was a big win for us — Brecksville was undefeated," said head coach Phil Schmook.
Twinsburg, 3-3 overall, got balanced scoring and some career high efforts from a host of young athletes.
"Our guys defended like we have all year – they did a great job, but the difference this time is that we made shots and we made free throws," explained Schmook.
"In those losses we were winning, but we didn’t make shots and we missed at the line – this is a solid group and at times, we just need to be able to create opportunities to score."
Schmook was excited to get career-best efforts from sophomore forward-guard Anthony McCarthy, junior guard Trevell Williams, and sophomore guard Reggie Bussey.
McCarthy came back from some physical woes and shined with 15 points.
"Anthony has been battling a groin injury and he finally looked like himself," noted Schmook.
Williams, who saw a touch of action last year as he battled injury, exploded for a career high 13 points against Brecksville (4-1, 1-1).
"Those were career highs for both Trevell and Anthony, and it was great to see," said the coach.
Bussey, in his first full varsity season, was outstanding. He had career bests of nine points and four assists.
A speedy guard, Bussey is also developing as a distributor, which will help free up veterans like Ken McElrath and Josh Wanton.
"Reggie did a great job and he came up big," said Schmook.
McElrath, who had only four points, shined on defense. One of the most underrated players in the league, McElrath can defend on the perimeter or in the paint, and he can handle the ball.
"Ken was our glue guy on both ends of the floor and his ability to defend really makes a difference," said Schmook.
"I think Kenny’s contributions are immeasurable for us," added the coach. "We didn’t beat ourselves as a team, we pressured well and we limited their (the Bees) open three pointers."
Twinsburg will have an opportunity to gel on and off the hardwoods with a team road trip as the Tigers compete in the annual Oregon Clay Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday.