The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

January 19, 2013

Grand Valley bows at home

Lordstown notches NAC victory

ORWELL — The Lordstown Red Devils used clutch free throw shooting to keep the Grand Valley Mustangs at by and claim an impressive road NAC win at GV on Friday night, 60-54.

The Mustangs made several runs at the Red Devils, cutting the deficit to 50-47 with 2:08 to play then 58-54 with 15.7 seconds but Lordstown’s even temper at the foul line allowed it to hold on.

After starting the game 2-4 from the line, Red Devil Jake Jones hit 10 freebies in a row to seal the victory.

Although he missed his final two attempts, it made little difference thanks to the 10-10 stretch.

“I mean it comes down to spending time in the gym,” Jones said of his free throw shooting.

“It keeps pressure on ‘em offensively, and releases pressure on (our) offense cause we (have) a 2 possession lead,” Lordstown head coach Brent Villella said.

“Jake Jones made free throws,” Grand Valley (2-9, 2-4) coach Luke Strohm simply put it.

GV had the early momentum to start with some big 3’s, but Lordstown answered right back. They also slowed down their offensive rotation, and after being down 14-13 in the last few minutes of the first quarter, came back and closed out on a 5-0 run to lead 18-14 after one quarter of play.

The second quarter saw the Mustangs again take the momentum to start and mainly kept it throughout the quarter, but never fully found their own rhythm only winning the quarter 9-7, giving Lordstown only a two-point lead at halftime 25-23 after a late score before the buzzer.

GV switched its defensive strategy throughout the third quarter, going to a very tight pressure instead of a looser zone. GV got their first lead after third, leading 38-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

“In third quarter we wanted to control things,” Strohm said. “Had some issues in first half keeping handle on ball, try to generate some turnovers, it started out that way but then we got turnovers.”

GV hit some huge shots in the fourth, but Lordstown found its breakout quarter in the fourth winning, 23-14.

“Guys executing to get right player the ball, making free throws under pressure,” Villella said. “They trusted the game plan, had confidence from them.

“Grand Valley is well coached, they have a rich tradition in basketball, they are going to have their moment. Our kids did a good job of trusting each other.”

“We slowed down everything, coach called a crucial timeout,” Jones said.

Jones finished with a team-high 21 points, 12 of which came from the free throw line, to go with 5 rebounds and 2 steals for Lordstown. Dustin Hajnosz added 13 and Preston Sutton scored 11, including three huge 3’s, and had 5 steals.

“Trying a little too hard (to force it) instead of going with the flow,” Strohm said.

“Lacking ball movement. When we did get ball inside (it worked).

“We showed heart and pride until final buzzer.”

Jake Vormelker led the way for GV with a game-high 22 points, including seven from the free throw line, and 9 rebounds, Stanley Sirrine scored 11, including two huge 3’s, and had 5 rebounds while Josh Kovats added 8.

Velotta is a freelance writer from Concord Township.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Sam Going strong!

    Back on track... and still alive and kicking, er, hitting!

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 18U Outlaws split first two

    A stirring rally in their last at-bat allowed the Ohio Outlaws 18-and-under squad to prevail in its first game at the Eastern National Tournament on Thursday in Sterling, Va.

    August 1, 2014

  • UMC rolls to church title

    The Andover United Methodist Church co-ed softball team capped a successful season by applying the basics. Timely hitting and solid defense both came into play as they polished off the losers’ bracket winner, New Life Fire of Geneva, 10-4, to claim the Ashtabula Church Co-ed Softball League — Thursday Massucci Division championship.

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians Mariners sink Tribe

    Another difficult day on the trade front ended with a disappointing loss for the Cleveland Indians.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Taylor Outlaws edged by a run

    The slimmest of margins proved to be the difference in determining the outcome of a clash between the Ohio Outlaws Gold and the Virginia Shamrocks in the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals on Wednesday in Salem, Va.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Olivia-smile A Don McCormack column: Holt right at home at Mount

    When a young person from this area goes off to college and continues to play sports at the next level, we do feature stories on them.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Twin State Night at Raceway 7 next

    This week is the annual Twin State Club night at Raceway 7. Regular racing will be presented in all five divisions. With the points races nearing their conclusion the racing will be hot as August weather Friday night.

    July 31, 2014

  • Tribe Kluber twirls gem

    “The ace is gone. Long live the ace.” That’s how Indians fans might be looking at matters today.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SB1 Let’s play another

    It pays to have the right hitters at the plate at the right time.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Outlaws roll again

    They may be Outlaws by name, but the Northeast Ohio-based Ohio Outlaws Gold are certainly running with the in crowd at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va.

    July 30, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video