Calvin's big night puts St. Viator in Hardwood semis
Treyvon Calvin put together a game-high 36 point performance that allowed St. Viator's boys basketball team to defeat Deerfield 71-50 in quarterfinal round play at the 41st annual Wheeling Hardwood Classic Thursday night.
The win advances the Lions (12-1) to a matchup with Geneva (11-0) in Friday's 8:45 p.m. semifinal as the Vikings bested Niles North 59-45 in Thursday's late game.
The 6-foot-1 Wright State signee went 13-for-18 from the floor and 8 of 9 from beyond the arc in addition to dishing out 6 assists.
"He has that capability (to take over a game). We've known that for a long time. He was waiting for the right time and tonight was his time," Lions coach Quin Hayes said.
Calvin began his dominance late in the opening quarter of play when he scored Viator's last 14 points that broke open a 7-all tie that he finished with the first of three quarter-ending treys that gave them a 21-11 lead.
He once again finished the Lions' second quarter scoring by ringing up their last 8 points of the first half including a half-court buzzer-beater that left Viator ahead 42-23.
His eighth and final 3 of the night came with just a tick left in the third that made it a 61-41 Lion lead.
"Those type of shots I take in practice," Calvin said. "I kept shooting. I give credit to my teammates who saw I was hot and they kept feeding me the ball."
Calvin alluded to his attempts to get his teammates involved in the contest as well.
"I'm trying to win the game," Calvin said. "I score as much as I can but I'm also trying to get the ball out to them as much as I can."
It was in large part to the Warriors' imposing front line of 6-7 Walt Mattingly, 6-9 Jackson Kenyon, and 6-10 Brandon Lieb that necessitated their offensive approach as the Lions shot 61 percent from the floor (25-for-41) and 56 percent from 3-point range (9-for-16).
"We were fortunate that we shot the ball well because it was tough getting points inside," Hayes said. "It also shows you how unselfish this team is. They care about getting the win not who gets how many points."
Kent State recruit Jeremiah Hernandez added 10 points in the winning effort while Lieb paced Deerfield (8-5) with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
As it prepares for its semifinal with Geneva, Hayes looks ahead to the challenge the Vikings will bring to his squad.
"They're a talented team with a great head coach," Hayes said. "I'm excited (as a coach) to prepare for them."