Boys basketball: Lorain’s good stretches good enough to get past Avon

Tim Gebhardt
The Chronicle-Telegram

LORAIN — Two big runs overcame plenty of inconsistency for Lorain on Tuesday night against Avon.

The Titans turned those runs into an 84-62 win in what could be a preview of a tournament game next week.

The Titans (13-8) opened the game with 15 straight points and ran off another 11 points in the final two minutes of the third quarter in shaking off the stubborn Eagles (8-13) in a non-league matchup. The teams will meet at Lorain again a week from Saturday if Avon gets past Olmsted Falls in the sectional opener next Wednesday at Falls.

“It was senior night,” said Lorain’s Aaron Whitehead, who scored the night’s first seven points in establishing the tempo. “We lost last week at home (to Garfield Heights) so we knew we had to get a win. We had to come out with energy like Lorain High has been doing the past few years.”

The Titans came out blazing, hitting their first five shots and 11 of 18 in the first quarter in building a 26-7 lead with just under two minutes left in the quarter. Avon turned the ball over seven times in digging a nearly impossible hole.

“We got off,” Lorain coach John Rositano said. “Again, we’re battling inconsistency. We’ve been that way all year. We play a tremendous first quarter and then we get comfortable. We had a 20-point lead in the first quarter then we stop doing the things that got us the lead. We took too many shortcuts.”

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