After a frustrating first quarter that ended with his team trailing 14-10, Ellet boys basketball coach Mark Fisher didn’t panic.

In fact, he said he made no adjustments at all.

“We just couldn’t make a shot,” Fisher said. “We just had to be patient. We were getting good shots; we just weren’t making them. We were happy with our effort. Guys were playing hard. We knew we’d come out and shoot it better.”

Fisher’s patience paid off as the Orangemen ratcheted up their defensive intensity and starting knocking down their open looks during lopsided second and third quarters to blow out host Firestone 78-44 Friday night in a City Series game.

Early in the second quarter out of a timeout, Firestone (6-9, 3-4) came out in a 2-3 zone, leaving Ellet’s shooters with more space than they had in the first quarter. On the other side of the ball, Ellet (8-5, 6-1) started pressuring the Falcons almost the entire way up the court, forcing them into tough passes that usually led to layups for the Orangemen.

Trevin Carter made two 3-pointers in the second quarter for Ellet, and the Orangemen went into halftime with a 28-25 advantage. On top of that, LaFette Johnson, Firestone’s big man and main scoring threat, scored just six points in the first half.

Ellet’s combination of deadly 3-point shooting and relentless defensive pressure broke Firestone in the third quarter. Jarmond Hogg caught fire for the Orangemen, burying two 3-pointers and adding an and-1 in the quarter. Hogg finished with a game-high 21 points.

By the time Carter capped the third quarter with an acrobatic layup for Ellet, the Orangemen had outscored Firestone 26-7 in the quarter and took a 22-point lead into the fourth.

“We took it up a notch defensively and knocked down some 3s,” Fisher said of his team’s third-quarter domination. “We got out in transition, and that made all the difference in the world. We’re happy with our effort; guys are playing hard.”

Carter finished with 15 points and a game-high three 3-pointers. Jesse Nance made two from beyond the arc and chipped in 11 points, and Ethan Jones added nine points, with seven coming in the fourth quarter.

Jayson Brooks was the only Firestone player to finish in double figures with 13 points. Johnson added only three more points before taking a shot to the face early in the fourth quarter and sitting the rest of the game, finishing with nine. Montel Tatum added seven points for the Falcons.

“We came out and played as hard as we can play,” Fisher said. “We struggled early scoring the ball, but got it going with our defense. We got a little up-tempo and let the game come to us a little bit. I’m happy with the effort.”