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Rittman Plays Athletic and Disciplined Cornerstone Christian

Rittman, the co-champion of the Wayne County Athletic League faces Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse in the division four regional semifinals.

Mansfield St. Peter’s (26-0) takes on East Canton (19-7) in the other semifinal. The winners meet Friday night for a ticket to the state final four.

Rittman (21-4) shared the “WCAL” title with Waynedale, their first title in 25 years.

Coach Chad Bever says he believes their balance has been a big part of their success this season. “I think our balance has been incredibly important all year long. We have some good senior leadership, but really we have different guys that can step up for us on any given night. If you try and key in on one guy we do have other guys that can knock down shots and get to the rim. I think we have had five or six different leading scorers this year and that has helped our significantly. Even the other night in the district final we had a guy step up and hit four big threes in the fourth quarter and he had a season high in a district final game when other guys weren’t hitting shots, so that was big for us,” said Bever.

Rittman beat Dalton, another “WCAL” member in a district semi (40-33) and Cuyahoga Heights (48-27) in the district final on Saturday. Bever says they play in a physical league and that helped them. “The postseason is definitely a grind and it generally a lot more physical too, the officials like to let the players play and I would consider our league to be a pretty physical league. Something that we may not have seen yet that we will be seeing (Tuesday) is speed and athleticism like Cornerstone Christian has. We have not seen that this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cornerstone Christian (18-7) picked up wins over Warren JFK (72-55) and Bristol (50-33) last week. They have beaten Cleveland St. Ignatius, Mentor and Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph.

Bever says the Patriots are not only athletic they are disciplined. He says a big key is keeping them off of the offensive glass. “On top of their speed and athleticism they are a disciplined team, they are well coached. They do things together it is not one guy trying to take of the show. As good as (Michael) Bothwell is, their leading scorer, they have a lot of other guys that are capable. One priority for us (Tuesday) night is making sure we keep them off the glass,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They crash the glass incredibly hard and also they play great defense. So, we are going to have to make sure we handle their pressure well and that we are strong with the basketball. We don’t allow them to speed us up and have them force turnovers that we don’t want.”

Published 3/13/18

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