Brunswick Boys Bowling got off to a strong start at the Greater Cleveland Conference Championships on Sunday. Shooting a 959 in Game 1, the Blue Devils did find themselves sitting in 4th after strong games by Anthony Costanzo (219) and Alex Turcheck (218). After Game 1, Brunswick found themselves 29 pins behind Solon.
In a slower paced Game 2, the Blue Devils were paced by Sal Carcione (220). Brunswick shot a team total 920. Brunswick still sat in 4th, 30-pins behind 3rd place Solon.
Game 3 saw some strong individual games as Carcione (217) and Turcheck (235) led Brunswick to a 901. Even after their lowest team game of the tournament, the Blue Devils sat in 3rd. They were 6-pins ahead of Solon, but found themselves 98-pins behind 2nd place Medina.
Despite opens in the 1st and 4th frames in the first of 5 Baker games, Brunswick managed to shoot a 190 and made a small dent in their comeback. They were up 51-pins over Solon and down 94-pins to Medina.
The gap separating Brunswick and Medina became significantly smaller after the 2nd Baker game. Brunswick opened the game with 4 strikes-in-a-row en route to a 206 game. They were now up 29 over Solon and down 65 to Medina.
The 3rd Baker game found Brunswick struggle quite a bit only managing to string 3 marks together in the 5th -7th frames. After shooting a 148, the Blue Devils found themselves in what seemed to be an insurmountable 126-pin deficit (Medina) with 2 Baker games left. They also held a very small 3-pin lead over Solon.
Brunswick took advantage of opportunities in the 4th Baker shoot a slightly improved 167. Even with this less than impressive game, the Blue Devils closed the game with Medina to a 78-pin difference. They managed to increase their lead over Solon by 10 pins.
In the final Baker game, the Blue Devils took advantage of many opens by Medina in the 1st half of the game. Each Brunswick bowler, in their first ball of the game, threw a strike. Brunswick managed to stay clean and shot a solid 233. Medina sat in their 8th frame when Brunswick concluded their game. At that point, the Blue Devils knew that the worst they could finish was in a tie for 2nd place. That’s how it finished.
Brunswick finishes the season in 2nd place in the GCC holding a better win-loss record and owning the season tiebreaker over Medina.
“This was a great way to finish the tournament,” said head coach Ryan Jakubczak. “We don’t like to have to comeback, we would rather put it away early. But, in the same breath, it is good to know that our boys can respond to adversity and finish strong. This is a good way to be able to move forward as we enter the most important part of the season.”
The Blue Devils are back in action on Friday morning when they travel to Stonehedge Entertainment Center to compete in the OHSAA Sectional Tournament. The action starts at 10:00 am.