December 30, 2009 in Uncategorized by locofan
SANDUSKY — Will Rudolph sat out the first quarter of Tuesday’s Holiday Classic opener for disciplinary reasons.
Apparently, he got the message.
The 6-foot-6 senior with the wide wingspan, came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points, grab seven boards and block five shots as Elyria High got past its biggest county rival, Admiral King, 50-43.
The Pioneers (2-3) go after their seventh Classic crown in the 12-year history of the event tonight against Vermilion, a 62-53 winner over host Sandusky in Tuesday’s second game.
Defending champ Admiral King (3-3) was riding a three-game winning streak.
“We challenged them a little bit this week,” said Brett Larrick of his players following his biggest win as Elyria’s coach. “Read the newspapers, you hear how good King’s been the past few weeks. We challenged our guys to win the inside battle.”
With Rudolph on the bench, Chase Farris, the 6-5 rock-solid junior linebacker off the football team, got things going Elyria’s way.
Farris scored 11 of his 14 points and grabbed five of his game-high 16 rebounds as Elyria asserted itself with a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
“Coach and I had a bet that (King) would get more boards,” Farris said. “I said it wasn’t going to happen. I had to step up. Will wasn’t allowed to play the first quarter.”
“I felt since I sat out, I had to come hard,” Rudolph said. “We needed a win after three losses. We had to get our confidence back.”
“Playing time,” Admiral King coach Al Stacey said. “Sometimes you take it away, it makes you better. (Rudolph) came out on fire. I thought he played really well.”
Rudolph was practically unstoppable once he got the ball inside, often showcasing a soft turnaround jump shot from the right side of the lane. He scored 11 points in the crucial third quarter when Elyria twice built a 10-point lead on the Admirals.
Rudolph then hit nine straight free throws at one point as the Pioneers managed to stave off King, which staged a fourth-quarter rally that cut Elyria’s lead to 45-41 with 1:08 to play.
“I work on that in practice a lot,” Rudolph said. “Backing down, post move — me and Chase — then knock it down in the game.”
“He’s bigger than I thought,” Stacey said of Rudolph. “I don’t really have a big guy to play behind people like that and we didn’t do a very good job of recognizing when they wanted to go to him.
“That was the key. I think our big guys got a little frustrated.”
Elyria controlled the paint — securing 47 rebounds to 38 by King. The Pioneers played the better floor game too, forcing the Admirals into seven first-quarter turnovers — many caused directly by Farris — and 19 for the game. Elyria did have 15 turnovers with six coming in the final quarter when King really got after it. But the Admirals also sent the Pioneers to the foul line 15 times where they made eight.
“I can’t say enough about Chase,” Larrick said, “and his heart and will the first quarter to lead our guys without (Rudolph) on the floor. It says something about him and how hard he plays. He had to get everyone else to match his intensity.”
“You have to play hard,” Farris said. “It’s another county team and you don’t want to hear them talking the rest of the year if they win.”
Elyria’s guards — Mike Cannon and Josh Brubaker — did well against King’s pressure and the Pioneers received good minutes from Maurice Woods and Matt Velasquez as well. Freshman Kody Bender, promoted from the junior varsity, along with Mike Russelle and Devin Swidecki, gave Larrick some valuable minutes off the bench.
King was led by Theron Nelson and Tevin Jones with nine points each. Gary Donald had six rebounds with Jones and Jerome Golson each snaring five. Donald added eight points to the mix.
Elyria 50, Admiral King 43
ADMIRAL KING (43): Theron Nelson 4-0-9, Gary Donald 2-4-8, Pete Rufo 1-1-4, Anton Chaney-Harris 2-0-4, Tevin Jones 4-1-9, Jerome Golson 3-0-6, Louis Mendez 1-1-3, Octavius Jones 0-0-0, Jordan Carter 0-0-0. Totals 17-7-43.
ELYRIA (50): Mike Cannon 2-1-5, Maurice Woods 1-0-4, Josh Brubaker 0-0-0, Matt Velazquez 0-1-1, Chase Ferris 5-4-14, Mike Russelle 0-0-0, Will Rudolph 8-10-26, Kody Bender 0-0-0, Devin Swidecki 0-0-0. Totals 17-16-50.
Admiral King 7 9 12 15 — 43
Elyria 13 8 13 16 — 50
Three-point goals: Admiral King 2-8 (Nelson, Rufo), Elyria 0-6. Field Goals: Admiral King 17-52 (33 percent), Elyria 17-55 (31 percent). Free Throws: Admiral King 7-13 (54 percent), Elyria 16-28 (57 percent). Rebounds: Admiral King 38 (Donald 6), Elyria 47 (Farris 16). Turnovers: Admiral King 19, Elyria 15. Fouls: Admiral King 20, Elyria 17. Technical Foul: Brubaker. Fouled Out: Donald, Mendez.
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