Five players scored in double figures and Independence was just as effective on the defensive end in a 79-54 win over visiting Brooklyn on Friday.
The Blue Devils have had their moments on offense and defense this season but they put it all together in claiming their eighth win of the season.
“We were able to execute our defense and our offense,” said Independence coach Kyle Johnson. “That’s the first time we’ve been able to do that in a long time, so it was good to see that.”
Adam Miklovic, who tied teammate Kyle Zygmunt with a team-high 14 points, scored six in the first quarter as the Blue Devils built a 21-11 lead.
“Coach has really emphasized that we need to get off to better starts, which has been a struggle for us throughout the season,” Miklovic said. “We made sure we came out with a high-intensity level.”
Known for his defensive prowess, Miklovic proved on Friday that he’s quite capable of leading the offense as well.
“It is always important for me to contribute on both ends of the floor, whether that’s setting screens or being available for passes from our guards, who did a great job setting me up tonight,” he said.
Things only got better for the Blue Devils after the first quarter.
Independence outscored Brooklyn in the second, 27-15, to take a 48-26 lead into the break.
“For the first time in a long time, we were able to get out early on in the first quarter and get a decent lead,” Johnson said. “I was proud of the guys how on the defensive end they were able to step up and get stops. Earlier in the season, we’d score and give up a bucket but tonight we were able to score and get some stops. We talk about that all the time, we’ve got to be able to score and multiple stops to be successful.”
Eric Mitrisin and Matt Richards both finished the night with 12 points and Aidan Coljohn added 10.
The Blue Devils also converted on 18-of-22 free throw tries.
Jacob Sullivan led Brooklyn with 19 points and Maceo Pytel added 13.
Independence, who improved to 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division, travels to Trinity on Tuesday.