MIDDLEFIELD—Cardinal came from behind to defeat visiting Fairport Harding on Tuesday, 74-65. The win was the first of the season for the Huskies, who improved to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.
“It was rough to get it but I'm glad we got it,” said Cardinal coach Jon Cummins of his team’s first win. “I told the kids after the game, 'I'm glad we got our win but now we've got to build on it.' We play Kirtland on Friday and that's an excellent team. We've got to build on this and play good.”
Fairport’s Corey Paugh had the hot hand in the first half. He scored 18 of his game-high 23 points and hit four of his five 3-pointer in the first two quarters to help the Skippers build a 36-34 halftime lead.
Cummins made some defensive adjustments in the second half that helped slow down Paugh and the Skippers. Luke Timas was assigned to guard Paugh, who was held scoreless in the third quarter and hit just one 3-pointer and two free throws in the fourth.
“Luke did a real good job,” Cummins said. “In the second half, I had Luke play man-to-man on him for about 80-percent of the time and pretty much shut him down in the third quarter. All the kids played hard. I was happy with all of them. We're still learning; we're young and still learning.”
Robbie Mulh also helped the Huskies come from behind in the second half.
He scored 17 of his 23 points in the final 16 minutes of play.
“He played real well,” Cummins said. “The big thing that I've been talking about with Robbie Mulh is rebounding. He had 20 rebounds. That's crazy. That's what he needs to do because he's a strong player for us when he works hard. If he wants to, he can do anything he wants out there.”
Mulh scored seven points in the third quarter to help the Huskies pull away, 52-45. He then dominated the fourth with 10 points.
Timas added 17 for the Huskies and Matt Carney and Parker Kosh both also finished in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. Hayden Cummins finished with six, Austin Klatik had two points and Brice Hogue finished with one for Cardinal.
“We played much better,” Coach Cummins said. “The effort was there. We had a nice talk at halftime. It was all effort and defense. It was mainly defense. Our offense will come, I don't worry about that, we just have to play better defense.”
Cardinal 74, Fairport 65
Fairport (0-10): Garisek 8, Paugh 25, Yommer 13, Washington 10, Carrabine 9
Cardinal (1-6): Timas 17, Mulh 23, Cummins 6, Carney 11, Klatik 2, Hogue 1, Kosh 10
Fairport 19 17 9 18 — 65
Cardinal 17 15 23 17 — 74
Field goals: Fairport 22 of 50; Free throws: Fairport 10 of 19, Cardinal 16 of 24; 3-pointers: Fairport 8 (Garisek 1, Yommer 2, Paugh 5), Cardinal 4 (Kosh 2, Timas 2); Rebounds: Fairport 24 (Anderson 7), Cardinal 47 (Muhl 21); Assists: Fairport 16 (Garisek 4); JV: Cardinal 46-39