Instead, any success that the Greenmen generate will

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Instead, any success that the Greenmen generate will depend largely on contributions from a number of people.

The wealth was spread nicely Monday night during the opening round of the Aurora Tournament as the host Greenmen, thanks to a great start, turned back neighboring Streetsboro 61-47.

The Greenmen (2-3) will face Olmsted Falls Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game. Streetsboro (0-5) will play Kenston in the 6 p.m. consolation contest.

Brent Wesley, Mitch Worman and Jason Coleman each scored in double figures for Aurora, while Kyle Boyd had nine points and provided solid defense with his 6-foot-5 frame.

But it was the 5-6 Wesley who lit up the Rockets for eight of his 10 points in the first three minutes of the game, including a pair of baskets off his own rebounds.

Worman added six of his team-high 14 points in that same quarter as the Greenmen established an 18-8 lead after eight minutes.

It was a frustrating quarter for the Rockets, who couldn't hit from the outside, turned the ball over too often and made poor decisions on the floor, as evidenced by fouling Worman at midcourt just as the buzzer sounded. Worman went to the line and hit 2-of-3 free throws.

"We didn't shoot well at all," said Streetsboro coach Bruce Thomas. "And Wesley did a great job early on.

"Aurora did a nice job defensively, but we just didn't make (shots)."

At the beginning of the second period, it was Coleman's turn to administer some damage. His layup off a Streetsboro turnover, plus a pair of 3-pointers, accounted for eight of his 12 points on the night and extended the Greenmen's advantage to 30-11 with 4:08 left in the first half.

"He hit some big 3s," said Aurora coach Dick Doughman of Coleman. "He's a good shooter and I think he'll keep getting better."

However, the Rockets regrouped and, behind guard Sean Nehlsen's nine first-half points, battled back to within 32-24 at the break.

Streetsboro then chipped one more basket off its deficit early in the second half and trailed 36-30 at the 3:50 mark of the third quarter.

"They stepped up their intensity on defense and got themselves back in the game," said Doughman.

However, with Worman striking for six more points, the Greenmen outscored the Rockets 12-5 the rest of the quarter and took a 48-35 edge into the final eight minutes.

"We were down by 19, then made it to six in the third quarter," said Thomas. "Our kids kept working hard. If they keep doing that, good things will happen."

The Rockets, who were led by Nehlsen's 16 points and eight apiece from John Sabol and Chad Rice, were unable to get the lead under 12 points the rest of the way.

Aurora outrebounded the Rockets 35-21.

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