Published in The News-Herald
February 5, 2020
Mayfield lost two games earlier this season in which they possessed the ball last while trailing by a point.
When the Wildcats led Kenston to start the fourth quarter Feb. 4, Blake Martinich and Gannon Rose made sure a matchup between the Western Reserve Conference’s second- and third-place teams wouldn’t come that close.
Mayfield’s seniors helped the Wildcats turn a five-point lead into a 75-62 victory, not long after Kenston led by double figures in the first half. Martinich scored a game-high 21 points and Rose added 18.
“I knew we were going to win from the beginning of the game,” Martinich said. “The mentality going in, we weren’t losing that.”
Mayfield improved to 11-7 and is 9-2 in the Western Reserve Conference.
A matchup against Brush awaits Feb. 7, the WRC’s undefeated first-place team. Only Mayfield remains in mathematical contention for a share of the conference championship.
“We’re ready for Friday,” Rose said. “They’re a great team, but we’re just going to go out there and play hard. We’re going to try to win. We’re going in there with a winning mentality and nothing else.”
Kenston’s offense started strong behind Andy Kooser and Kyle Quinlan. The Bombers hit three 3-pointers in the period and opened a double-digit lead, 22-12, after the first.