Posted On: 02/6/18 12:57 PM
The Solon Comets continue to be the undersized clan that can.
The No. 2-ranked team in Division I in the Ohio Associated Press poll was challenged on the road but used a strong fourth quarter to win going away 75-61 against Greater Cleveland Conference rival, Brunswick on Feb. 5. The game was a make up of a previously postponed contest.
Solon improved to 16-0 and 10-0 in the GCC with the win and and closed in on its first conference title since 2007. Brunswick dropped to 15-3 and and 8-2 in the GCC.
Trent Williams (2019), who I put on my all-sniper team, scored 26 points, including five three-pointers and Sincere Carry (2018), who many call the best point guard in the state, finished with a game-high 27.
Brunswick was led by Kyle Goessler (2019), who finished with 22 and did not back down when challenged by Solon’s tough and quick defenders. Williams, a 6-1 guard, came away with some key steals and canned three 3-pointers in the decisive fourth-quarter surge.
Here are four observations from the game
1. Carry’s happy with his decision
There has been speculation that Carry may try go to a bigger school after committing to West Liberty University earlier this year.
“I’m still going to West Liberty,” said Carry after his team’s win against Brunswick.
The 6’1” lighting quick point guard is at full health after undergoing surgeries on both knees and has proven to be amongst the most explosive point guards in Northeast Ohio.
“I worked on my jumper. Now that I have jump shot they have to get up on me and with my speed and dribbling ability I can drive to the rack and kick it out,” said Carry, when asked what makes him so tough to guard. He also defends. Early in the game against Brunswick, he came away with steals that he turned into points at the other end.
2. Goessler shows he’s got game
Goessler (2019) is a really nice player. The 6’1” guard displayed an ability to knock down the 3-pointer with strong confident stroke and also showed some handles in getting the ball to the basket and against pressure. Strong rebounder, too, who keeps moving the entire game.
“He’s the most underrated player in the area. He’s a 4.2 student,” said Brunswick coach Joe Mackey. “There are a lot of people sleeping on him. He’s really athletic. Can play the 2 and the 1. There are a lot of people looking but no offers.”
3. What makes Solon so tough?
“They can beat you many different ways. You sit back in the zone and they’ve got too many shooters on the floor and Sincere is one of the best guards in the state and it’s hard to stay in front of him,” said Mackey.
No size, no problem
Carry doesn’t give any credence the argument the Comets will be undone by a team with size. Solon doesn’t start a player taller than 6’1 and the rest of the rotation is full of 6-footers.
“It doesn’t matter. We’ve been undersized since my freshman year. We play with a chip on our shoulder so we know we’ll have to rebound as a team and play fast and we all bought into the program,” Carry said.