CHAGRIN FALLS — T.J. Henderson is who he is.
He’s fiery, extremely emotional and he doesn’t try to hide his natural disposition.
Such passion and intensity is a huge reason why his Aurora boys basketball team finished strong and reached district play for the first time in forever last winter.
On Tuesday, the usually impassioned third-year head coach was considerably subdued.
Look at it this way: If your favorite team dropped four in a row and nine out of its last 10, would you be delighted?
Henderson sure wasn’t.
The Greenmen fell to 2-9 on the season after suffering a humbling 82-51 defeat to host Kenston in Chagrin Falls.
The Bombers raced out to a 13-point advantage before Aurora rallied and had a chance to take its first lead late in the second quarter.
And then, just like many of their games this season, everything came crumbling down for the struggling Greenmen.
The Bombers (7-4) outscored Aurora 26-8 in the third quarter to put matters to rest in a rather ruthless fashion.
Such a stunning display of offensive fireworks left Henderson practically speechless.
"Sometimes I’m at a loss for words," he said.
It was hard for Henderson not to be tongue-tied after Kenston put on a riveting shooting display.
Moving the ball quickly and efficiently, the Bombers constantly got open looks from the perimeter. And when the ball reached the Kenston’s players hands, they were just about invincible.
The Bombers drained nine 3-pointers and also got plenty of layups off the dribble or on fast breaks.
"We won the rebounding battle by five, but that’s tough to talk about because they [the Bombers] didn’t miss," Henderson said.
Leading the way for Kenston was sophomore guard Andy Kooser, who scored a game-high 27 points in a variety of ways. Junior guard Ethan Thorne finished with 21 points and junior forward Kyle Quinlan added 15 points despite some first-half foul trouble for the Bombers.
Despite Kenston’s lethal offensive attack, the Greenmen cut their deficit to one (32-31), thanks to a 14-2 run in the second quarter.
Nevertheless, Aurora, which shot just 4-of-24 from 3-point range and was 19-of-64 overall, never got closer.
"It’s hard to win ballgames like that," Henderson said. "Nothing you can really do."
Junior guard Gabriel Elsawy led the Greenmen with 13 points and junior point guard Mason Bizjak added nine points for Aurora, which dropped to 0-6 on the road.
"It’s almost like they have to find themselves again," Henderson said. "Despite what anybody else outside sees when they look at our record or when they look at our scores, we have kids who can play basketball.
"When they come with a mindset of they can do it and start shooting the way we know we can shoot it and be aggressive and play defense, we’re a really scary team. For some reason, we just can’t put it together."
Henderson will keep trying, though. Why not? It’s not like the postseason is just around the corner.
"We’ll break down film and get after it at practice," Henderson said. "We have a week off. Hopefully, we’ll get healthy and go from there."
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