Monday, February 6, 2023

South snaps two-game skid with big win over Chardon

The Willoughby South Rebels rebounded from a two-game losing streak in a big way on Tuesday night. The Rebels followed a loss to Brush on Friday with their best offensive output of the season so far. South’s blowout win over visiting Chardon put the Rebels back in the hunt for the Western Reserve Conference lead.

South scored early and often in an 89-39 win over the Hilltoppers.

Willoughby South had the hot shooting hand early as the home team made three straight 3-pointers in a 13-0 run that opened the game. Chardon got on the board via a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Alexander Sulka. The Rebels used some key offensive rebounds to fuel an 8-0 run and the lead was ballooned to 19 points. By the end of the quarter, South led the game 25-6.

The Rebels made four shots from beyond the arc, while senior guard Mark DeLisio knocked down three of them. He finished with nine points in the frame.

Sulka opened the second quarter with a basket for Chardon but South went on another run, this time a 9-0 run over the next three minutes. After a layup by South junior Devaniare Conliffe, Chardon coach Doug Snyder called a 30-second timeout. The momentum did not stop as the Rebels scored the final eight points of the quarter. At the intermission, South led by 34 points.

Sophomore guard Jaylen Jenkins scored six points in the quarter for South as Sulka led the Hilltoppers with four of the eight points in the quarter.

South continued to dominate the offensive glass as the team pulled down many rebounds, leading to second chance points. Over the first four minutes of the quarter, both teams went back-and-forth with baskets as the lead only grew by four.

Jenkins missed both attempts on a pair of free throws, and senior Dan Danford picked up the rebound and converted a layup. Danford’s putback opened a 40 point lead before Sulka scored the final four points for Chardon. The Rebels held a 68-32 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Senior Doug Burks and Conliffe each scored six points each for South. Burks made two shots in the quarter, both from long range. Sulka scored 10 points for the red and white in the third.

In the fourth quarter with the starters done for the game, seniors Alex Brust and AJ Lako took over for the Rebels. Lako knocked down two threes en route to a season-high nine points. Brust converted four shots for his season-high eight points.

Following a three-point play by Chardon junior guard Dan Ciolek, South went on a 10-3 run to end the game and complete the wire-to-wire win over Chardon. The Rebels won the game by fifty, 89-39.

Eleven different players scored for the Rebels as three players finished with double figures. Burks led with 15 points, including 12 on 3-pointers. Conliffe added 14 points and Teske had 11 points.

Sulka was the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers with 18 points.
 

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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