What was expected to be a close game Tuesday night between Ellet and Firestone quickly turned into a rout.
The visiting Orangemen asserted themselves from the opening tip and faced little resistance in an 80-58 City Series victory.
Ellet (14-2, 6-2) finished with five players scoring in double figures and led 17-6 after one quarter, 42-18 at halftime and 61-34 after three quarters.
Senior Dionte Williams led Ellet with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals.
“We had good team play,” Williams said. ‘‘[Senior] Jake Williams played big and so did [junior] Breaon Brady. [Senior] Jake Fisher played well and so did a lot of other guys. We played good team defense, moved the ball well and made shots.”
Jake Williams scored 14 points, Brady added 13 points and junior Julian Furman and senior Marcellis Logan chipped in 10 points apiece. Williams, Brady and Furman all grabbed six rebounds.
“This game, we knew we had to win to help ourselves in the City,” Jake Williams said. “We played our hardest and got the win.”
Buchtel leads the City Series at 11-3 overall and 8-0 in the league. East (7-7, 7-2) and Ellet (14-2, 6-2) are battling for second place.
“We are moving the ball well,” Ellet coach Mark Fisher said. “We have really been working on that and being a team. Really, it doesn’t matter who scores to these guys. We are trying to take advantage of what we can take advantage of right now.
“We are running some good stuff right now. We came off of a nice game with GlenOak. We want to keep rolling as we get close to the tournament. We have big games left in the City coming up. We have East on Friday. That is a huge game and will probably determine who will be in the City Championship [on Feb. 21 at Kenmore], or close to it. We are both in second place right now and it will be a tough one at our place. We are hosting them and we are ready to go. We are playing our best ball of the year.”
Junior Karlton Cherry scored seven points for Ellet, which beat Firestone 42-41 on Jan. 10.
“This was a good passing game,” Logan said. “Nobody played selfish. This is a big team win for us and I think we can use this to move on to the next game and try to win the City.”
Jake Fisher did not score, but totaled nine assists, four rebounds and four steals.
“It all started with practice,” Jake Fisher said.
“We practiced hard this whole week and had a good warm-up. We moved the ball around well, had good movement and hit our shots. They killed us on the glass last game, and we beat them on the glass today.”
Senior Richard Burroughs scored 19 points for Firestone (6-9, 4-5). Junior Kyrell Allen scored 12 points, and senior Evan Kennerly added seven points.
“Hopefully, this is a wake-up call that we just can’t go on the floor and play,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said. “Ellet came out strong and played us so hard. I literally asked the guys ‘What is the difference between this game and the last one? How are we down 24 [points] at half?’ Ellet came to play and obviously we just weren’t up for the game. I don’t know if we are looking ahead to Buchtel [on Friday].
“We were so flat. You could just tell before the game in warm-ups. Ellet is still in it and I wish them the best. They came in and played hard.”
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