A Page -- Feb. 19, 2012

Cleveland State refuses to give up in comeback win over Milwaukee; Kiersten Green hits game winner to make Coach Peterson Abiad all-time winningest coach at 21st and Carnegie

Cleveland State’s women’s basketball team saved the best for last and the end result was a 70-68 win over Milwaukee Saturday afternoon in the Wolstein Center, giving Vikings Coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 116th career victory here and making her the all-time winningest coach in school history.

Milwaukee led almost the entire game and it was never tied until the final minute of the game, yet CSU was determined to win this one for its coach. It was a Play4Kay (Breast Cancer Awareness) game and as it turned out and, not to sound corny, it was also a “play for Kate” day as Coach Peterson Abiad surpassed Alice Kohl on the all-time coaching list.

Cleveland State had only a couple leads early at 1-0 and 4-2 and then Milwaukee wasted no time in rolling out to a double-digit lead. The Panthers led by as many as 18 points in the first half and had a 14-point bulge at the half.

Cleveland State did not regain the lead until there were seven seconds left in the game and freshman Kiersten Green nailed a three pointer from the top of the key that made it 69-68.

The Vikings were down all the way into the last minute of the game, but then Shay Winton dropped in a layup that made it 66-66 with 43 seconds to play. It was the only time the whole day that the game was tied.

An Ashley Green layup gave the lead back to the guests with 25 seconds left to play, setting the stage for the green game winner. Green’s game winner marked only the second time the entire game that the lead changed hands back over to the Vikings.

Winton, who was flirting with a double-twenty in the second half, wound up with a quadruple double. The senior guard/forward/center wound up in double figures in points (30), field goals (11), defensive rebounds (10), and total rebounds (18). She also had three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

However, Winton did not do it all alone. She got a lot of help in getting her coach the milestone victory.

Elyria High graduate and Lorain native Honesty King had some sterling moments in this one, as the Vikings shot 44 percent from three-point land including 63 percent (7 of 11) in the second half.

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King ran the offense on a day in which the Vikings did not overcome the double-digit deficit until the final seven minutes of the game.

With four assists, King shared team-high honors with Green. She also made 3 of her 4 three-point attempts and wound up with 13 points. To go with it, she added six rebounds and two steals.

Also in that what could be construed as a four-guard offense was a 12-point game from Cori Coleman and a seven-point/six-assist effort from Imani Gordon, the freshman from Akron.

It was the defense of the guard play, in particular, that made the difference in this one. The incessant pestering by the Vikings off the press in the second half forced the Panthers to make the back court mistakes that led to transition baskets for CSU, enabling the hosts to chip away at the deficit.

Green led the group with three steals and like Winton was a workhorse on the afternoon. Winton played her usual all 40 minutes of the contest while Green played 39.

Coleman also had two steals as the Vikings had nine as a team.

The Vikings shot 32 percent the first half but improved that to 50 percent for the second half. They trailed 57-46 and finally got it to under 10 points with 6:40 to play when Winton dropped in lay up.

Coleman stole the ball and then scored to make it 57-52 with six minutes to play. A Winton three pointer made it 63-62 with 2:46 to play.

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Winton was strong from the start. In the first five minutes of the game she had each kind of score – a regular field goal, a three and a free throw.

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            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Solon beat Cleveland Heights.


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Solon:                                     1          3          1          0          5         

Cleveland Heights:                1          0          1          0          2                     


Solon:                          Goals: John Hannah (3), Eric Pohle, Spencer Wien


Assists: Jason Morel, Eric Pohle (2), Michael Krenn, Sam Littman, Spencer Wien, Mitch Neides (2)



Cleveland Heights:    Goals: Trey Hopkins, Ian Kraus


Assists: Madi Kohr, Ben Urbus




Solon: Kyle Peterson – (27) Saves, (29) Shots

Cleveland Heights: Aidan Hall – (21) Saves, (26) Shots
















Drexel creams Cleveland State; Viking losing streak now at four games

For Cleveland State men’s basketball team, the fate is now a simple one – the Vikings must win the Horizon League tournament in order to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

The latest big dent in the Vikings otherwise shiny season came Saturday afternoon, a 69-49 pounding by Drexel in the Sears Bracket Buster in the Wolstein Center, sending CSU to its fourth consecutive defeat after starting off the season at 20-4.

To make matters worse, it was not even as close as the score might have indicated as on this Saturday afternoon in front of two and a half thousand fans it was all Drexel, which could now ride its 15-game winning streak right into the playoffs.

Drexel had 19-3 lead before the Vikings even knew what hit them. The Vikings couldn’t even get the deficit to single digits the rest of the morning.

The Dragons, now winners of 23 games and also possessor of a six-game winning streak from the 2011 portion of the season in addition to the current one, led by as many as 29 points in the second half as the Vikings showed no signs of any life in the second set of 20 minutes.

One bright spot in the loss was the play of Trey Harmon, who was out on the floor for 39 minutes with a broken toe.

Harmon scored 13 points in the first half, including nine from behind the arc. He wound up with a game-high 23 points.

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Drexel got most of its points inside. CSU center Aaron Pogue missed a couple bunnies, turned his back on a possible rebound, shot 50 percent from the free throw line, made one of six from the field, scored five points and fouled out of the game.

The next closest to Harmon was Strongsville’s Tim Kamczyc, who had seven points. Kamczyc also had five offensive rebounds as the Vikings did have the edge on the offensive boards, 18-10.

Marlin Mason was given the starting nod in this game and responded with no points, no assists and one rebound.

The Vikings shot 27 percent as a team with the starting guards shooting 33 percent.

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KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Gilmour Academy beat Hoover.

                                             1          2          3          OT       F

Gilmour Academy:               5          5          1          0          11       

Hoover:                                  0          1          0          0          1                     


Gilmour Academy:    Goals: Nick Panzo (2), Nick Aleva, Benny Clark, Mason

Schmitt (3), Jordan Robinson, James Forsythe (2), Ryan Hall



Assists: Mason Schmitt (3), Jordan Robinson (2), Joey

Lencewicz (2), Nick Panzo, Alex Rupp (2), James Forsythe, Nick Aleva, John Tobbe (2), Zach Ritter, Benny Clark, Alex Hooper



Hoover:                      Goals: Preston Mackert

Assists: Alec Weber, John Desrosiers




Gilmour Academy:  Oliver Flesher - (4) Saves, (4) Shots

                                   Jason Musarra – (5) Saves, (6) Shots

Hoover:                     Kirk Greenho - (33) Saves, (44) Shots