Arcs claim overwhelming victory against Cleveland Heights, 71-53 – News-Herald

To succeed against the schedule of the powerhouse Brush took on this season, the Arcs had to be almost elite night after night.

Brush was elite at the Northeast Ohio Youth Elite Christmas Classic on December 22nd at Garfield Heights against neighboring rival Cleveland Heights, trailing just once in a clear 71-53 win.

Elmore James, who went to Ohio University, scored 20 points and was named an MVP. Antoine Woolfolk, a six-foot senior, also earned some MVP wins and dominated the color with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.

PHOTOS: Brush vs. Cleveland Heights Boys’ Basketball, December 22, 2021

Senior Guards Elias Johnson and Andrew Jones added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Arcs. Brush missed the injured senior Marlon Barnes.

“Heights is a really good program with a really good trainer in my friend JR Bremer,” said Brush trainer Chet Mason. “So it’s always a fight when we play against them. We came out a little flat but I gave the guys four days off to keep them away from each other because of COVID.

“The boys stayed with it and played hard in the second half. You see what Elmore James did, and Antoine was the man. We’re just going to get on with all this COVID stuff that’s going on. “

Brush (6-1) opened a close fight with a 13-5 run in the second quarter to move up 40-27 before settling for a 40-31 half-time lead.

Cleveland Heights (3-2) finished 42-36 in the third quarter before the Arcs increased the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers reduced it to 58-49 at 3:55 minutes, but Brush pulled away at the foul line.

James was his usual dynamic self and made difficult baskets despite constant doubles and face protection from Heights. Having some chances to shine with all of the attention given to James, Johnson made several James-like moves and scores of his own.

“Elias is making headway right in front of us,” said Mason. “He just keeps getting better. He’s got college coaches waiting to talk to him. He’s aggressive in defense and he’s aggressive when he gets into the basket. “

For Heights, coached by former Cleveland Cavalier Bremer, falling behind the Arcs was a bad formula as the 6-foot-8 towers Woolfolk and junior Tyler Williams (seven points, seven boards) make it difficult for teams to deal with their dominance of the inside.

“Tonight was like a man among boys,” said Bremer of the Rutgers-bound Woolfolk. “Antoine did what he wanted. He surpassed almost our entire team. If you lose the rebounding edge, 43-19, you can’t expect to win. “

Bremer thought his team defended James well, but the Tigers couldn’t do much offensively. Junior Rayvelle Duncan led Heights with 19 points, but no other tiger got double digits.

Mason will give his team a little more time to enjoy Christmas and try to avoid COVID issues. The Arcs will be back in place on December 28th when they host East Tech.

Cleveland Heights will return to Garfield Heights on December 23rd to play Richmond Heights in the final game of the Classic.

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