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High School Basketball

Medina's inconsistent season comes to an end with loss to St. Ignatius

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    Medina's Kyle Szumski shoots against St. Ignatius' John Barnes during the fourth quarter of a District semifinal game.


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    Medina's Tyler Kaminski goes up for a shot between St. Ignatius' Luke Wiskes (33) and Chase Toppin (12) during the third quarter of a District semifinal game.



STRONGSVILLE — The season ended similarly to the way it transpired. The Medina boys basketball team’s admirable never-quit attitude wasn’t quite enough to overcome small but impactful stretches of inconsistency.

Third-seeded St. Ignatius simply made a couple more plays in the fourth quarter Thursday, but only survived 58-55 after the Bees’ Colin Szumski narrowly missed a 25-footer at the final buzzer of a Strongsville Division I District semifinal.

The Wildcats (16-6) advanced to play archrival St. Edward (21-4) at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on Saturday, while seventh-seeded Medina ended a rebuilding year 8-17.

“Our kids thought we could win, and we (coaches) thought we could win,” Medina coach Chris Hassinger said. “It was funny. In school (Wednesday and Thursday), the kids were saying everyone is asking, ‘Who do we play?’ Every one of our kids would hear this: ‘Ignatius, ugh’ and a sigh. They started bowing their backs a little bit and getting ticked about it because you can see we can compete with the best teams out there.

“This was one of those games where little details hurt you.”

The Bees did a ton of things correctly and gave themselves a puncher’s chance despite trailing most of the night. Medina shot 5-for-10, 6-for-12 and 6-for-10 in the opening three quarters and forced enough turnovers to stick around.

Small forward Kyle Szumski led all scorers with 19 points, including eight in the final 1:08. Center Tyler Kaminski contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds and guards Colin Szumski and Corey Tripp each had six points, with Szumski adding three assists.

The Bees were in desperation mode down 55-49 with 33.4 seconds remaining, but Kyle Szumski completed a three-point play followed by two St. Ignatius free throws. Then Szumski drilled a pull-up 3-pointer to make the score 57-55 at the 13.9-second mark, and the Wildcats’ Tevin Jackson could only manage a split at the line.

After using its final timeout, Medina had to go the length of the court in 9.5 seconds but managed to get off multiple passes before Colin Szumski’s dead-center look at the horn.

“This team is special,” Kyle Szumski said. “We always play till the end and never give up.”

The bottom line is two things hurt the Bees: rebounding in the first half and poor shooting to begin the fourth quarter.

St. Ignatius’ starting lineup had four players 6-foot-2 or taller, and 6-5 power forward Luke Wiskes (12 points) scored five points on putbacks. Physical guard John Barnes added 10 points, eight boards, two assists and two fourth-quarter blocks, while seventh man Josh Ozanne also had 10 points as the Wildcats had no players shoot worse than .444 en route to a 22-for-41 (.537) night.

Medina had six defensive rebounds to the Wildcats’ six offensive rebounds in the first half before Kaminski righted the ship, and the Bees only lost the overall rebounding battle 23-22. Medina began the fourth down only 41-40 but missed six of its next seven shots to fall behind 51-43.

The low point of the night came when Medina missed four shots on one possession — from the 2:30 mark until 1:44 remained — while trailing 51-45. The Bees were forced to foul from then on, and Wiskes and Chase Toppin’s combined 4-for-4 effort was enough to save teammates who went 2-for-6.

“It was the little things throughout the game that made the big difference,” Kaminski said.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or

St. Ignatius 58, Medina 55

Strongsville Division I District Semifinal

MEDINA 11 15 14 15 — 55

ST. IGNATIUS 15 15 11 17 — 58

Medina — Kyle Szumski 7-15 3-3 19, Dylan Fultz 2-5 0-0 4, Tyler Kaminski 5-9 0-0 10, Colin Szumski 3-8 0-0 6, Corey Tripp 2-4 2-2 6, Drew Hassinger 2-4 0-0 6, Dillon Friedrick 1-2 1-2 4, Daniel Terrion 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22-47 6-7 55.

St. Ignatius — Luke Wiskes 4-7 3-3 12, Dominic DeNunzio 2-4 1-3 5, John Barnes 4-9 0-0 10, Neeko Melendez 3-5 0-0 7, Tevin Jackson 1-2 1-4 3, Chase Toppin 2-4 2-2 6, Josh Ozanne 4-7 1-1 10, Aymin Bahur 2-3 1-2 5, Lukas Bielek 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22-41 9-15 58.

3-point goals — Medina 5-16 (Hassinger 2-4, K. Szumski 2-5, Friedrick 1-1, Fultz 0-1, Kaminski 0-2, C. Szumski 0-3), St. Ignatius 5-13 (Barnes 2-5, Ozanne 1-1, Melendez 1-2, Wiskes 1-3, Toppin 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Rebounds — Medina 22 (Kaminski 10), St. Ignatius 23 (Barnes 8). Assists — Medina 5 (C. Szumski 3), St. Ignatius 10 (Jackson 3). Turnovers — Medina 11 (Fultz, C. Szumski, Tripp, Hassinger 2), St. Ignatius 12 (Barnes, Wiskes 3). Fouls — Medina 17, St. Ignatius 9. Fouled out — None. Records — Medina (8-17), St. Ignatius (16-6).

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