Friday, February 23, 2024

Huskies cruise to 60-45 win at Grand Valley

Cardinal rebounded from Saturday’s tough loss at Berkshire with a 60-45 win at Grand Valley on Tuesday.

The Huskies started strong and dominated the game to even their record at 2-2.

“We played a lot more physical,” said Cardinal coach Jon Cummins. “It was a nice to set a tone when we first came out. The kids were ready to play. It was the complete opposite of when we played at Berkshire when the kids weren’t ready to play. Maybe the big lights got to them. Here they played a lot harder and really set the tone from the beginning of the game.”

Cummins continued with his five in, five out rotation strategy but kept the first group on the floor longer than in the past. That move paid off as his starting five built an early 10 point lead and the Huskies never looked back.

“That seemed to work,” Cummins said. “We were pretty much in control the whole game. The kids played great.”

Cody Hunt led the Huskies with 13 points while Jake Francis contributed with 12. Andrew Miller scored 10 points and Craig Kaser added eight for Cardinal.

Thanks to their aggressive approach on the offensive end of the floor, 10 of the 11 players who saw action scored in the game.

“We did a lot better job of looking ahead and passing ahead. We had guys trying to get out in transition and we were able to get some easy buckets,” Cummins said. “Everyone played good. They weren’t looking at the scoreboard to see how many points they scored, they were looking to get the ball up the floor for some easy opportunities.”

Hunt was the fourth different Husky to lead the team in scoring this season.

“I think for different games different kids step up,” Cummins said. “They’re getting in a little better rhythm out there. I left the first group out a little longer and they were able to get into a flow out there. We pressed a little bit too and we ran a nice 2-3 zone that kept them away from the basket. They knocked down some threes but it didn’t hurt us much.”

Cardinal returns to action next Tuesday when the Huskies travel to Garrettsville Garfield. 

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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