Northstar Christian rolls to 12th straight win

Mike Brown (1) collected 14 assists and 10 rebounds in the win. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM/PICKIN’ SPLINTERS)

By PAUL GOTHAM

ROCHESTR, N.Y. — Miles Brown and Matthew Medeiros formed a prolific inside-outside combination, and the Northstar Christian Knights turned what was a back-and forth contest for six minutes into a one-sided affair.

Brown poured in 28 points. Medeiros connected six times behind the arc and finished with 24 as Northstar (17-1) rolled to its 12 straight victory with a 91-63 win over the Clyde-Savannah Eagles, in Section V boys’ basketball action, Monday night.

“He really spaces the floor,” Brown said of Medeiros. “A player like me, I like to get to the basket. When I have a shooter in the corner and they have to play both, that opens the lane.”

Medeiros connected three times from long range in the second quarter. The senior guard gave Northstar its first double-digit advantage with a three ball from the top of the key. His corner trifecta at the horn sent the teams into the locker room with Northstar ahead 44-33.

The margin was not cut to single digits again in the contest.

“Matthew is a terrific 3-point shooter,” Northstar coach JJ Garwood said. “He’s really found his shooting touch the last few games.”

Medeiros connected three more times from  long range in the third quarter, and Brown poured in 15 points in the second half.

“When I’m catching and shooting and I make two or three, it opens the court up a lot for him to score,” Medeiros said of his teammate. “It opens the lane up for him to get buckets. It’s critical when I hit threes because everyone else around me will get their points.”

“Do you want to leave Matthew open? Or do you want to leave a lane open for Miles?” Garwood said of the dilemma the duo can create for opposing defenses. “When we do that we’re very tough to defend.”

Having clinched the Wayne County League title with a victory over Lyons last week, Clyde-Savannah (14-5) came into the contest with a six-game winning streak and ranked No. 6 NYSSWA Class D. The Eagles looked the part in the early going. Dru Carnevale  found Marcus Chance cutting in the lane for two. Next trip down the floor Marcus Chance led brother Derrick Chance with a lob and a bucket.

Clyde-Savannah led 16-15. It was the Eagles last advantage of the night.

“I see Clyde-Savannah as a mirror of ourselves with dominant guards and an up-tempo pace,” Garwood noted. “I told my guys this is a good game where we imposed the will. We set the tone for the game. They stepped up to the challenge particularly in the third and the beginning of the fourth quarters. I was very pleased with our effort tonight.”

Brown followed with a drive and bucket. Tray Roberts connected on a three ball from the corner, and Brown took a lead from his twin brother, Mike, into the open court for a layup and a 22-16 Knights advantage.

“We thought there were a few little details that we didn’t accomplish in the first half that we wanted to key in on the second half,” Garwood  explained. “We didn’t want to leave shooters. In the first half, a couple times we lost the shooters. Our rotations weren’t as crisp as we would have liked. We limited their open looks in the second half.”

Mike Brown collected 14 assists on the night including a pass off the backboard to his brother for a spectacular two-handed dunk to end the third quarter.

Mike Brown also grabbed 10 rebounds to go with four points. Miles Brown had seven assists and five rebounds. Roberts scored 16 points. Daniel Pickett added 12. Ryan Garwood (3), Maalik Thomas (2) and Matt Williams (2) rounded out the scoring for Northstar.

Miles Brown has 1,912 career points.

Marcus Chance paced Clyde-Savannah with 26. The senior guard picked up his third foul less than one minute into the second quarter and sat out the next six before reentering the game on a baseline inbound play with less than :30 remaining in the first half. Derrick Chance added 15 points. Carnevale had 11. Camden Chance and Patrick Marchitell scored four apiece.

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