Corry’s boys hung with visiting Harbor Creek for the first few minutes in Tuesday’s Region 6 basketball game.

But a 5-5 game soon became 18-8 and then 34-14 by halftime as the Huskies coasted to a 54-41 win.

The Beavers made the final score respectable with an 18-4 edge in the final frame.

“In the first 4 or 5 minutes of the game, Kolin Clark hit a trey and Austin Goodsel made a shot to get us going and give us a small lead,” noted coach Tyler Bailey. “ I thought it was good to get us a little confidence offensively.”

Jordan Ayala came off the bench and also hit a 3-pointer.

But Harbor Creek’s front line of 6-foot-5, 6-3 and 6-3 were too much. The Mattson boys and Ryan Blakney had 11 points in period one and nine in the second stanza.

“We started in the 2-3 zone defense in hopes to slow them down, in which we did early,” said Bailey. “After that we were not getting to our spots that I stressed in practice. We wanted to pack the inside and make them shoot, but contest every shot. We had a hard time with that. 

“We ended up having to switch out of it and into a man defense and continued with that throughout the rest of the game,” he said. “On defense we had problems with playing help-side defense, but did better in the second half. 

“Harbor Creek put a 1-3-1 press in the second quarter which caused us trouble,” Bailey admitted. “We gave them about 10 layups off of bad passes and careless mistakes. If we could have limited those mistakes we would have been in the game.

“At the end of the third quarter, when we were about down 20-plus points, they started putting in their  JV squad in so did I as well,” he pointed out. “We scored well against the JV and am proud of what they did.” 

Senior Nick Eck went 2 for 6 shooting treys to end with six points. Kenny Nichols netted five points in that span as well. 

“Brady Davis played a very tough game and had eight points, two rebounds and a great defensive effort,” said Bailey. “He is continuously playing aggressive and that's what I have told him to do from the beginning. 

“Cole Redrup came in and played great on defense, that really lifted us and made us better defensively in the second half,” he claimed. “We are young and continue to get better. We will keep working, stay positive and get ready for Warren (9-8, 3-2).”

 • Harbor Creek won the JV game, 38-29.

“The team continues to play extremely hard, and that keeps us in every game,” said coach Rob Elchynski. “Our defense bothered them throughout the game and kept them from getting in a rhythm.”

Branden Elchynski was 3 for 5 from 3-point range. But as a team, Corry went only 6 for 25. “That is not going to get it done against a solid Harbor Creek team,” said coach Elchynski. 

“John Love continues to show improvement and is always the ultimate competitor when in the game,” he claimed. “Cole Redrup had another great all around game. His motor never stops and he gives us a real lift on the defensive end.”

Alex Sabat and Daniel Buell both had five rebounds, Sabat tops with two assists. Elchynski made three steals.

• Corry has a busy weekend with a pair of home games. First it’s Warren on Friday and then a makeup game Saturday night against Fairview.

  HARBOR CREEK (12-5, 4-1): Bafik 4 0-0 10, Blakney 5 2-2 12, Z.Mattson 3 2-3 8, G.Mattson 4 0-0 8, Boyd 3 4-4 12, Kaschalic 0 2-4 2, Rocco 1 0-0 2. Totals 2010-13 54.

  CORRY (3-13, 0-5): Eck 2 0-0 6, Nichols 2 0-0 5, James 0 0-0 0, Ayala 3 0-0 8, Davis 4 0-2 8, Clark 1 0-0 3, Redrup 0 0-0 0, A.Goodsel 1 0-0 2, J.Goodsel 2 1-3 5, Sokol 0 0-0 0, Xander 0 0-2 0, Sabat 0 0-0 0, Elchynski 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 1-7 41.

Harbor Creek    18   16   16    4   —  54

Corry                   8     6     9  18   —  41

 3-pts: C-Clark, Ayala2, Nichols, Eck 2. H- Boyd 2, Baflk 2.

Junior Varsity Game

 CORRY: Elchynski  3 0-0 9, Sabat 1 1-2 3, Buell 0 0-0 0, Love 0 0-0 0, Jiang 0 0-0 0, Nichols 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 1-2 1, Sokol 5 0-0 13, Redrup 1 1-4 3. Totals 10-39  3-8 29.

Harbor Creek       9    9   9   11  —  38

Corry                   11    3   7    8  —  29

 3-pts: Elchynski 3, Sokol 3.

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