Here are 5 takeaways from Southeast’s 70-51 win over Rootstown:
1. Brandon Clint leads, stars for Southeast
Brandon Clint seemed like a frontrunner Friday.
He led Southeast in scoring with 24 factors and had a number of buckets in every of the primary three quarters. He drained exterior pictures, together with a baseline jumper to kick off the second quarter and a 3 to push the Pirates’ result in 23-9 a minute and alter later. The senior guard additionally attacked the boards, together with an early putback for a 4-0 lead and back-to-back putbacks early within the third quarter as Southeast pushed its result in 16.
He has additionally been a frontrunner off the court docket.
“I’ve heard him extra these final couple days simply vocally,” Pirates coach Mike Matisi stated. “I do not know if that they had a group assembly, I do not know in the event that they sort of simply acquired collectively after the final week we had and simply stated, ‘Hey, let’s hunker down and get it collectively,’ however we sort of go the way in which he goes.”
Clint stated it is nearly benefiting from his senior season.
“Recently, I’ve been pondering in my home, it is my senior yr, that is like what I’ve practiced for all my life,” Clint stated. “This is like what I put pictures up day-after-day for and I simply wasn’t going to allow us to go dwelling like that.”
2. Aidan Fischer exhibits scoring chops
Of course, basketball is a group sport, and Matisi has been pushing for somebody to step up by Clint’s aspect as a secondary scorer.
Senior Aidan Fischer did precisely that Friday, recording 19 factors. That included a 10-point fourth quarter during which he made all 5 of his pictures, together with a few jumpers.
“We at all times knew that we sort of wanted to search out somebody to enrich Brandon in some unspecified time in the future,” Matisi stated. “We’ve been in Aidan’s ear about being that man to enrich him and after they’re face-guarding Brandon like they had been, we acquired to have any person else step up and he did.”
3. Garrett Sprutte scraps, exhibits ability
Sophomore Garrett Sprutte performed with a aggressive hearth Friday. That was evidenced by his 5 offensive boards within the first half, together with one on the Pirates’ very first possession.
With Southeast main 8-3, Sprutte discovered Fischer within the paint for a floater, then added back-to-back putbacks and one other help, rifling a go to Clint beneath the protection for a layup, earlier than the opening stanza was full.
“That’s sort of what I really like about Garrett even from the summer time and from the spring is simply this child simply will get after it,” Matisi stated. “That’s principally Garrett’s sport is simply being scrappy and getting in there and preventing for rebounds.”
4. Pirates hit the glass
Southeast had 9 offensive boards within the first quarter, permitting it to take 10 extra pictures than Rootstown within the opening eight minutes. Pirates junior submit Evan Riffle was a giant a part of that effort, with 4 offensive boards within the first quarter.
“I believe that was his greatest sport thus far,” Matisi stated. “We preach to him, ‘Please crash, please crash, please crash,’ and for no matter cause, once more, he got here out able to go.”
Southeast thus capitalized on a big size benefit it has over Rootstown and, for that matter, lots of the groups it performs.
“That’s most likely their largest energy,” Rovers coach Cody Calhoun stated. “Obviously, Brandon Clint is nearly as good as any participant on this league, and his size, he makes use of on each ends, however their submit gamers, they’re massive, they’re lengthy, they’re bodily and so they can transfer.”
5. Wancik, Bobbs, Shipp excel for Rootstown
Rovers senior Nick Wancik definitely caught the attention of everybody in attendance Friday together with his 5 3-pointers. He additionally confirmed a capability to attain in different methods en path to a team-leading 23 factors.
For instance, at one level, he faked a 3 from the nook, then drove down the baseline for a layup. Soon after, Wancik minimize to the ring, took a go and completed a scoop layup by contact.
That’s not essentially one thing that will have occurred earlier in his profession.
“He’s come a good distance by way of his skill to rating in numerous methods,” Calhoun stated. “He’s at all times been an excellent catch-and-shoot man, however when he performed as a sophomore and he is perhaps 5-10, he tried to drive and guys would simply knock him over with out it being a foul, simply any contact. Now, he is in a position to play by a few of that contact on each ends of the ground.”
Dom Shipp (12 factors, 2-of-4 from deep) and Branden Bobbs (11 factors, 5-of-10 from the sphere) additionally confirmed a deft scoring contact for the Rovers.
“Bobbs has actually taken his sport to a different stage this yr and he not solely has to deal with the ball for us however we search for him to attain,” Calhoun stated. “Dom is capturing about 60 p.c from two on the yr and when he decides to go be aggressive, he can go rating in some alternative ways.”
Bobbs, Shipp and Wancik mixed to rating a large 47 factors. The downside was the Rovers solely scored 4 different factors.