By Colin Harris | Staff Writer
Andy Olesky got the effort he was looking for from his team.
Just days removed from criticizing his team for being "not mentally there" in a loss to Mogadore, the visiting Garfield G-Men dominated the second half for a 60-46 PTC County Division victory Friday night over Waterloo.
"We got some great effort tonight," Olesky said of his team's play. "Some of our bigs got into foul trouble early and it was the play of our (reserves) who did a good job keeping the game close."
Garfield (2-3, 2-1 PTC County) trailed just one time the entire evening -- a 16-15 Waterloo edge in the second quarter -- but the Vikings kept things close with G-Men forwards Fred Maxie and Anthony Workman in early foul trouble.
With major rebounders and post scorers on the bench, G-Men senior guard Matt Pratt helped power Garfield to a 20-point second-quarter effort.
Pratt knocked down all three of his 3-pointers and put in 12 points in the period, finishing the game with a team-high 16-point performance.
"Matt hit a number of 3-pointers there in the second quarter," Olesky said. "His shooting against their zone really was big for us."
With Maxie and Workman back on the court to start the third quarter, the G-Men outscored Waterloo (0-5, 0-3), 20-8 in the period.
Workman scored all eight of his points and Maxie added four in the third as Garfield took advantage of eight Vikings turnovers in the period.
Maxie finished with eight points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds -- including three offensive boards.
"I have to credit Fred because he was big for us," Olesky said. "He did just a great job tonight with his passing and with the effort he showed rebounding."
Vikings coach Jason Wise said his team's performance in the third quarter -- and the second half, for that matter -- was as much a result of its own mistakes than Garfield's play.
"What kills me is that we still continue to make the same mistakes," Wise said of his team's 19 turnovers. "And a number of those mistakes are coming because we dribble the ball off of our foot or we throw the ball into the concession stands."
With a lead that stretched to nearly 20 points at points in the fourth quarter, Garfield began to work through its bench. While that allowed the Vikings to narrow the gap, the game was never in doubt down the stretch in regulation.
Tom Saviers and Bobby Watson both finished with 11 points to lead Waterloo in a losing effort.