Thursday, February 22, 2024

Hoops Roundup: Chagrin Falls adjusts in win over West Geauga

Chagrin Falls made a few in-game adjustments on the way to a 51-32 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division win over visiting West Geauga on Wednesday.

The Wolverines found early success using their pick-and-roll offense but the Tigers adjusted at halftime and cruised to their third straight win.

“Tonight was a solid overall performance from our guys, especially on the defensive end,” said Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar. “Their Pick and Roll hurt us a little bit in the first half, but our guys did a great job in the second half taking that away.”

That halftime adjustment allowed the Tigers to play their most complete game of the young season.

“We have played really well in stretches during the first two games,” Bargar said. “Tonight, I thought we did a better job of playing four quarters and finishing the game.”

Nick Vinci, who finished with a team-high 11 points, drained two 3-pointers in the first half to help the Tigers find their rhythm on the offensive end.

James Kosmides posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He also recorded three assists and blocked a pair of shots. Ryan Curtiss contributed to the win with nine points and Max Crandall finished with eight points and four rebounds.

“Nick Vinci got us going with two 3s in the first half and gave us a little momentum,” Bargar said. “I thought James Kosmides was aggressive early to give us some easy baskets inside. We made the simple play in the second half and were able to extend the lead coming out of halftime.”

Jerry Kline-Ruminski led West Geauga with a game-high 16 points.

Chagrin Falls is now 3-0 on the season while West Geauga dropped to 0-3.

“We still have a long way to go and need to clean some things up, but we’ve been able to play well enough to win our first three,” Bargar said.

Lutheran West 85, Brooklyn 59

Lutheran West went on the road and beat Brooklyn 85-59.

The Longhorns, who improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Division, used a 9-0 second-quarter run to pull away from the Hurricanes.

Matt Meyer led Lutheran West with a game-high 17 points. Jayson Levis and Derek Fairly also score in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively. The Longhorns had 11 different players score in the game.

“It was great to see Matt and Derek step up and carry us when we needed someone to with Jayson on the bench (in foul trouble),” said Lutheran West coach Jordan Duke. “While you never want to have that happen, it was a great learning experience for the guys as they had to find their way without him. So, seeing Matt and Derek assert themselves was a tremendous lift for our guys knowing we have the ability to have anyone be able to give us that scoring or energy when needed.”

Cuyahoga Heights 40, Trinity 38

Cuyahoga Heights jumped out to a 28-8 halftime lead over visiting Trinity but the Trojans flipped the script in the second half and outscored the Red Wolves, 30-12.

That Trinity rally fell short though as the Red Wolves defended well on the game’s final possession to pull out the narrow victory.

Nate Biggers scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Red Wolves to the win and Braylan McClardly also scored in double figures with 12.

Hawken 60, Orange 50

Orange’s Devin Belle scored 20 points and teammate Dominic Anekwe added 16 but it wasn’t enough as Hawken defended its home court with a 10-point win.

The Hawks, who trialed 28-26 at halftime, outscored the Lions in the second half, 34-22, to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in CVC play.

David Dettelbach led Hawken with 15 points.

Edgewood 73, Harvey 72

Edgewood improved to 3-0, 1-0 with a one-point win over a game Harvey squad.

Logan Kray led the Warriors with 22 points while Jacob Ernst and Zackary Vencill also scored in double figures with 17 points each.

Harvey saw Dez Thomas drop a game-high 23 points on the Warriors while Armani Hall added 15.

Other CVC scores:


  • Richmond Heights 78, Beachwood 44
Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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