Spreading the rock around can be contagious in high school basketball and Twinsburg’s boys squad has been getting everyone involved.
Leading the entire game, the host Tigers defeated Woodridge 59-42 in non-league action Jan. 28.
Featuring outstanding defense, Twinsburg held the Bulldogs in check to move to 10-5 overall.
Athletic senior wing Ken McElrath led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points.
"Ken led us while Joey Plantner made four 3-pointers," commented head coach Phil Schmook.
Other scoring contributions came from 6-foot-5 senior forward Ethan Golnick, junior wing Dante Yarbrough and sophomore wing Anthony McCarthy.
Golnick netted seven points while Yarbrough and McCarthy each scored six points in the victory.
"We shared the ball on offense, played together on defense, and looked to make plays for teammates," pointed out Schmook, who is assisted by Bill Felberg, John Temple and Vince Paolucci.
Late in the first quarter, Woodridge’s leading scorer, Josh Decker, went down with an injury that appeared to be a sprained ankle. He never returned.
Decker, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, was averaging over 17 points a game.
The Bulldogs (9-8) missed Decker’s offensive prowess and diverse scoring ability as Twinsburg’s pressure defense prevailed.
Most importantly for the youthful Tigers, Schmook was able to play 16 athletes for the second game in a row.
"We were able to play all 16 guys in quality situations," pointed out Schmook, who loves to use deep player rotations.
In upcoming Suburban League National Conference action, Twinsburg (6-3) will play at Stow-Munroe Falls Feb. 7, hosts cross-division rival Aurora Feb. 8, and then returns to league play Feb. 14 against Wadsworth at home.
Schmook will look toward a tough non-league road visit in its annual meeting against Copley on Feb. 18. The Tigers play at Hudson in league action Feb. 21. All games begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers will have its postseason tournament draw Feb. 9 as Twinsburg will compete in the Copley Division I sectional/district tournament.
Twinsburg will also host a sectional/district tourney at the Division I level and it will be a dandy this winter.
Comprising the loaded field will be Bedford, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Hudson, Cleveland John Adams, Kenston, Maple Heights, Nordonia, Shaker Heights, Solon, Stow, and Warren Harding.