LORAIN — The Lorain Titans have high hopes for the postseason and, despite a slow start, were able to roll into the district semifinals Saturday night with a 77-62 Division I sectional final win over Avon.
Lorain (15-8) will face Avon Lake on Tuesday at Elyria Catholic High School after the Shoremen dispatched Southwestern Conference foe Berea-Midpark 55-48 on the road Saturday night.
Having faced Lorain just a couple of weeks ago to end the regular season, Avon (10-14) was ready for the Titans and came out firing. Dominic Rini, Seth Broadbent, Cole Warren and Brody Sheaves hit 3-pointers as the Eagles trailed just 23-20 after eight minutes and were still in it down just 35-29 at the half.
But the first four minutes of the third quarter proved to be Avon’s undoing as Lorain opened with a 13-3 run to push its lead to 48-32. Aaron Whitehead scored five of his game-high 21 points to go with baskets from Seth Wilson (16 points), Devante Jackson, Deonte Benejean (16) and Jordan Jackson (16).
“We knew there were only 16 minutes left in the season, so we knew going to the second half we had to bring it out or our season was over,” Whitehead said. “Coach (John Rositano) told us the first four minutes of the second half would reflect on the whole game.”
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