The top-seeded Meadville boys appeared poised to snatch their 11th consecutive Northwestern Invitational Tournament title in a 90-33, opening-round victory against Bucklin/Macon County on Tuesday night.
Meadville advances to play Brunswick at 8:15 on Thursday night.
"We love to shoot the three, and we want to get the tempo up to try and get some easy looks in transition," Meadville coach Drew Nier said. "Defensively, we need to do a better job of covering kids in the post. We were able to play some kids who don't necessarily get a lot of time, so that might be big for us moving forward."
After garnering an innocuous 16-8 lead in the latter stages of the first quarter, Meadville proceeded to score the next 22 points of the game en route to a 45-13 halftime lead.
The score was 75-22 at the end of the third quarter, and the clock did not stop for dead balls in the fourth.
Meadville only had three scorers in double figures. Dillon Seckington, 6'4" junior, finished with a game-high 20 points. Dominik Gannan posted 16, and Jase Cowan finished with 11.
BMC center Connor Passig led his side with 14 points. Sonny Dow finished with 11, including three third-quarter three-pointers. No other BMC player netter more than one bucket.
"A lot of kids, this is their first year, and it's definitely a learning experience for us," third-year BMC coach and Brookfield native Blake Burns said. "Defensively, we have to pick up the intensity and hustle, flat-out. They're a very athletic team, so it was hard for our boys to get open."