ELYRIA — Whitney Young shot only four 3-pointers and didn’t make any.
Instead, the Warriors went old school on Open Door, using their size, speed and athleticism to hand the Patriots a 70-61 loss Monday night.
Open Door (9-8) had no answer for Whitney Young’s aggressive attack, falling behind early and never truly recovering.
“I felt like we played a little flat and we didn’t have the defensive intensity to stay with a team like this,” Open Door coach Todd Wright said. “All the credit to them. When they got to the basket they made their shots.”
After falling behind 26-16 in the first half, Open Door came out of a mid-second quarter timeout and played its best basketball to close the half.
The Patriots’ defense was fierce, forcing four straight turnovers and six straight missed field goals. Open Door also got to the free throw line and converted, making all eight of its attempts in the quarter.
Open Door got as close as two before the Warriors pulled away for a 34-29 halftime lead.
The Patriots’ Trey Brooks had eight points, two steals and two rebounds in the second quarter and finished with 22 points.
“We just have to be better at keeping our guy in front of us and stop them, period,” Brooks said. “When we play hard we feed off of each other’s energy, so we have to learn how to go hard the entire game.”
Whitney Young (6-8) regained control in the third quarter, racing out to a 50-35 lead in the first four minutes.
The Warriors imposed their will in the paint, using speed to get there and size and athleticism to finish at the rim.
They also got the ball to 6-foot-6 DeAngelo Lake, who controlled the paint the entire night, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Lake’s layup gave the Warriors a 52-39 lead late in the third quarter.
“We did a good job of recognizing matchups on the court and taking advantage,” Whitney Young coach Vincent Hunt said. “We mixed up a few defenses to keep them guessing.”
Open Door made a push in the fourth quarter but never got closer than nine.
Jared Bublinec did all he could to get the Patriots back in the game, knocking down two 3-pointers.
The Warriors always had a response, however.
Whitney Young only led 17-16 with five second left in the first quarter when Anthony Jordan nailed a half-court buzzer-beater to make it 20-16.
Open Door was 21-fpr-25 from the free throw line while Whitney Young was just 2-3, but the warriors dominated the boards 39-21.
“We know we can play really good at times but we need to put that together for a full 32 minutes,” Wright said.
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Whitney Young 70, Open Door 61
WHITNEY YOUNG (70): DeAngelo Lake 8-0-16, Braxton Putnam 2-0-5, Anthony Jordan 6-0-13, Amyr Lewis 0-0-0, Noah Key 1-0-2, Craig Goines 3-0-6, Aaron Wimbley 2-0-4, Anthony Gilbert 11-2-24, Wyquise Berry 0-0-0. Total 33-2-70.
OPEN DOOR (61): Trey Brooks 5-11-22, R.J. Stanford 0-0-0, Carter Wright 0-5-5, Grant Duffy 0-0-0, Josh Zaborowsi 1-0-2, Jared Bublinec 8-1-22, Caleb Daniel 0-0-0, Mason Wiley 0-3-3, Gavin Dobbins 1-0-2, Maxx Wiley 2-1-5. Totals 17-21-61.
Whitney Young 20 14 18 18 — 70
Open Door 16 13 11 21 — 61
Three point goals: Whitney Young 0-4, Open Door 5-15 (Bublinec 5). Field goals: Whitney Young 33-59 (55 percent), Open Door 17-49 (34 percent). Free Throws: Whitney Young 2-3 (66 percent), Open Door 21-25 (84 percent). Rebounds: Whitney Young 39, Open Door 21. Total fouls: Whitney Young 18, Open Door 11. Turnovers: Open Door 14, Whitney Young 16.
Junior varsity: Open Door, 52-29