After trailing in the first quarter, North used several runs to pull away from visiting Madison in a 93-81 Western Reserve Conference game on Friday.
Seven different Rangers scored in double figures in the win.
“That was a game that had some big runs for both teams,” said North coach Rob Koelling. “They came out on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter when we were up by six but we went on a big run of our own. We got some stops and had a big third and fourth quarter.”
The Rangers, who improved to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the WRC, trailed 19-17 after the first eight minutes but outscored the Blue Streaks, 25-16, in the second quarter to take a 42-35 lead into the break.
North scored 26 points in each of the two finals quarters to pull away from Madison.
“It was a good test for us mentally, especially on the road,” Koelling said. “They had a loud crowd and there was a lot of excitement when they made their run but our guys stepped up and had each other’s back.”
The Rangers benefitted from a team approach on the offensive end and also converted 24-of-31 free throw attempts.
“We stressed being aggressive and we got to the line 31 times and shot 80-percent,” Koelling said. “It was an all-around great team win to build some confidence moving forward.”
Brandon Barron led all scorers with 25 points but he also distributed the basketball.
“Tonight, I really wanted to get my guys more touches and I told them in order for us to win we all need to contribute and I will try my best to get them open shots,” Barron said. “We played great as a team tonight and our goal was to get to the free throw line a lot and that’s what I think really won us the game. My 3-point shot was really off today. I didn’t make one 3-pointer, but I only shot two. All my points came in the paint and at the free throw line. My coach told me to start playing aggressive so tonight I just had the killer instinct and kept attacking the rim.”
Nate Scott, Jimmy Arnold and Mikey Duleba each scored 12 points for the Rangers while Jake Tanksi and Aaron Broja pitched in with 11 and 10, respectively.
Cory Cantrell didn’t score but his job was to defend Madison’s best player, Nate Fawver.
“Cory didn’t have a point but he locked down their best player and limited his touches and points,” Koelling said. “He was able to keep him under control. Tonight was a lot about role players. Nate Scott played some big minutes for us and had some crucial points in the second half. Corey’s job was to lock down Fawver and make his points difficult to come by. Riley Cunningham came off the bench and hit some big shots.”
Fawver scored a team-high 23 points to lead Madison while Marcus Horton (20), Chris Blaumen (13) and Ron Hartman (11) also scored in double figures for the Blue Streaks, who dropped to 0-4, 0-3.
North 93, Madison 81
Madison (0-4, 0-3): Primer 1, Fawver 23, Horton 20, Franczak 6, Drags 3, Galovic 3, Hartman 11, Blaumen 13, Albert 1
North (2-4, 1-3): Duleba 12, Arnold 12, Barron 25, Cunningham 11, Tanski 11, Scott 12, Broja 10
North 17 25 26 26 — 93
Madison 19 16 24 22 — 81