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    Barisic drops 24 in Kirtland’s win over Harvey

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    Nick Barisic scored a game-high 24 points and Vince Carriero added 17 as Kirtland downed visiting Harvey on Tuesday, 73-60.

    The Hornets led 44-23 at halftime and controlled the tempo throughout in improving to 14-6 on the year.

    “I was real pleased,” said Kirtland coach Shawn McGregor. “The kids just came out and played really well from the beginning.”

    Barisic found his stroke early as he drained two 3-pointers on the way to a 10-point first quarter.

    He added four more threes in the second quarter.

    “Tonight, everyone made smart plays, and everyone was knocking down shots,” Barisic said. “We had minimal turnovers and shot our open looks, leading us to scoring a lot tonight.”

    Carriero scored nine of his 17 in the first half and then added two threes and another bucket in the third quarter.

    “Nick was shooting well with six threes and Vince really started to play well too,” McGregor said. “Gino Blasini, and really all the top nine guys, played really well on both ends of the court. We shared the basketball, and collectively, it was just a really good team win.”

    Jake LaVerde and Will Burth both contributed to the win with eight points, Blasini finished with six, Jack Green scored four, Danny Alfieri added three, Aaron Fortuna scored two, and Michael Dumstorff pitched in with one.

    “It’s important everyone knows their roles and the guys coming off the bench know they have scoring roles, defensive roles, and rebounding roles, whatever it may be. You have to fulfill those roles and your minutes off the bench are just as important as the starters. We do well when we play with our depth.”

    Kirtland travels to Madison on Feb. 16 and then closes out the regular season at Berkshire on Feb. 20.

    The Hornets hope to generate some momentum heading into the postseason.

    “This game was a confidence booster for everyone going into the playoffs since we played a great defensive game and offensive game,” Barisic said. “We know that every game and practice from now on is preparation for our run in the tournament and everyone is excited that we are playing well leading into the playoffs.”

    Mason Haffa led Harvey with 11 points.



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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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