PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Holy Name Green Wave utilized a high-pressure defense and fast-break offense in dismantling Rocky River, 105-77, on Tuesday.
The seventh-ranked (AP, Ohio Division II) Green Wave showed a depth of talent, with five players notching double figures in scoring and with the team scoring a minimum of 24 points in each of the game’s first three quarters. Seniors Dwayne Cohill (32 points) and Brandon Styers (15) paced a high-scoring home five which has now amassed 80-plus points in each of nine wins this season.
For Rocky River (2-7, 0-4 Great Lakes Conference), senior Oliver Clingain (18 points) and junior Luke Coyne (14) provided a lift for visiting five which hadn’t played since Dec. 29 when the Pirates captured the title at the Potter Holiday Classic in East Liverpool, Ohio. Clingain and Coyne were the vanguard of an offense that had some moments throughout the game but one overall hamstrung by turning the ball over at too high a rate to sustain rallies. The Maroon & White were forced into 24 turnovers in the contest.
The Green Wave (9-1, 3-0) were dialed in from distance in the early going, hitting six 3-pointers in a first quarter that saw them outscore the Pirates, 24-15. The Holy Name offense would go on to hit 11 threes in the first half, but to Rocky River’s credit/ the Pirates went into halftime trailing by 12 (51-39) against a team that has been cruising by 40-plus in most games this season.
A John Ruma three-ball at the outset of the third quarter brought River within nine (51-42), but that’s as close as the Men in Maroon would come for the rest of the evening. Holy Name answered with a 10-2 run as part of a dominant third frame that saw the Green Wave outscore the Pirates, 33-15.
The fourth quarter was an endgame, empty-the-benches exchange, but not one without some positives for the Pirates. Senior guard Stefan Newman provided an offensive lift by taking care of the basketball while scoring several buckets. And youngsters Charlie Hudson, Connor O’Toole and Tommy Ruma played significant minutes in a final stanza that saw the Pirates outscore the Green Wave, 23-19.
With his 18 points on Tuesday, Oliver Clingain has now averaged 20 per game over River’s last three contests. Two of those efforts yielded Pirate victories; Tuesday’s result marked Rocky River’s largest deficit in a loss since Jan. 31 of last season (79-43 loss to Bay).
[Box-score stats not available at time of publication.]
The Green Wave have now downed the Pirates four straight times, dating back to 2016.
CANNON FIRE …
YOUNG BUCS: In Tuesday’s developmental games, the Rocky River freshman team lost to Holy Name by a final score of 36-27. The River freshmen are now 1-6 on the season. In junior varsity action, River fell, 57-55. Head Coach Darryl Sanders’ troops scored 25 points in the final quarter of a near-comeback. Charlie Hudson (16 points) and Tommy Ruma (10) led the Pirate attack.
ON DECK: Rocky River will host a game at the Corner of Wagar & Detroit for the first time in four weeks on Friday night when the Pirates lock horns and match wits with the Elyria Catholic Panthers (Rocky River Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.). Beginning with the tilt against the Panthers, the Maroon & White will be at home for three straight Fridays (Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26).
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