Green is compiling a season to remember as it has made its way to the top of the Federal League boys basketball standings.
The Bulldogs (11-2, 8-1) bring a six-game winning streak into this week with recent victories at GlenOak and Jackson, at home against University School, North Canton Hoover and Lake and at Perry.
Green is set to host Wadsworth on Tuesday and play at Canton McKinley on Friday. Green topped McKinley earlier this season at home.
“Coming into this season we knew we had a lot of experience coming back,” said coach Mark Kinsley, a 1984 graduate of Green and a former Bulldogs basketball player.
Green shared the Federal League title with Jackson and Lake last season.
“With Kaleb Martin, this is his fourth year playing varsity,” Kinsley said. “We have four juniors where this is their third year playing varsity — Garrison Keeslar, Donovan O’Neil, Shea Simmer and Ryan Smith. And then we have Alex Casper, another junior, and this is his second year playing varsity.
“So, we knew we had an experienced team coming back, and the kids have been playing very well together. They are sharing the ball, making the extra pass and instead of just taking a good shot they are working to get a great shot.”
Green’s losses are at Hoover and to Solon at the Garfield Heights Christmas Classic. The Bulldogs then avenged one setback by beating visiting Hoover 70-38 in January.
“We have a number of guys stepping up and helping with the scoring load, and I think our defense has been the best part of our game,” Kinsley said. “Really since the Solon game, our defense has really improved and is the biggest reason why we are on the winning streak we are on right now.”
Kinsley said Green’s starting lineup during this recent run has consisted of Martin, Keeslar, O’Neil, Simmer and Smith. The Bulldogs' top reserves are Casper, freshman Trey Martin and sophomore Nathan Smith.
Kaleb Martin scored 22 points in the lopsided victory over Hoover and then became Green’s all-time scoring leader when he scored 28 points in a 65-52 home win over Lake. He scored 15 points against Perry and enters this week with 1,275 career points.
Additionally, Kinsley recorded his 300th career victory in December with a 46-32 win over host Lake. Kinsley has a 308-222 career record as a varsity boys basketball coach. He was Ravenna’s coach from 1995-1998 and then took over Green’s program in 1998.
Girls quick shots
• Host Aurora (17-1, 10-0) earned a 50-34 win over Highland (10-5, 5-2) on Saturday in a Suburban League American Conference game. Shyanne Sellers made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Aurora, and her sister, Shayla, contributed 16 points.
• Wadsworth (14-3, 10-0) beat host North Royalton 50-11 on Saturday in a Suburban League National Conference game. E’Anna Won led the Grizzlies with 18 points.
Boys quick shots
• Brandon Heigelmann scored 31 points on Saturday to guide host Tallmadge to a 69-36 win over Field.
• Host Hudson took down Nordonia 69-40 on Friday with William Wallace scoring 23 points. Three other Explorers scored in double figures — Anthony Chokenea (15 points), Jack Burdett (10) and Damani Ganaway (10).