Saturday, January 28, 2023

Hoops Roundup: High drama on Saturday

This edition of Chagrin Valley Conference hoops roundup highlights the high drama from Saturday’s action.

From Lutheran West knocking off a second straight state-ranked opponent to two overtime games, the basketball action on Saturday was intense.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s games:

Lutheran West 65, #3 Ottawa-Glandorf 62

Lutheran West completed its sweep of state-ranked teams on Saturday.

The Longhorns opened the weekend at the East-West Ohio Invitational with a big win over St. Ignatius and then closed it out with a 65-62 win over Ottawa-Glandorf, the third-ranked team in the state.

Once again, Jayson Levis hit a key 3-pointer to kickstart the Lutheran West offense, but the Titans closed out the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take an 18-16 lead into the second. Ottawa-Glandorf held that two-point lead at the break, 32-30.

Levis scored 11 of the Longhorns’ 18 points in the third quarter as Lutheran West regained the lead heading into the fourth, 48-46. The Titans responded with another big run and led 57-51 with 3:22 remaining in the game.

A Levis 3-pointer started the comeback and Dylan Bartchak added a three to pull the Longhorns to within 59-57. Derek Fairly’s 3-pointer tied the game at 62-62 with 1:52 left.

Both teams hoped to hold the ball for a final shot, but each turned it over, and then the Longhorns drew up their final play. Levis hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

“I’m extremely proud of the way these guys competed and didn’t back down from two extremely well-coached and elite basketball programs,” said Lutheran West coach Jordan Duke. “They took it upon themselves to let the area and, to a degree, the state know that their team should be in the discussion as one of the best. And I think in less than 48 hours, we did that.”

Levis scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Longhorns to victory. Fairly also scored in double figures with 20 points and he also contribute with a team-high seven assists. Bartchak pitched in with eight points, Clay Noble added seven, and Matt Meyer and Junior Kambomba finished with six and two points, respectively.

Edgewood 64, Orange 56

Edgewood kept alive its undefeated season with a strong fourth quarter to defeat host Orange on Saturday, 64-56.

The Warriors held a slim 43-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter then outscored the Lions down the stretch, 21-14 with Zack Vencill dropping in nine of his game-high 28 points in the frame.

Logan Kray and Jacob Ernst also scored in double figures for Edgewood as they finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. James Montanaro contributed to the win with six points and Mason Thorr added four.

Devin Belle posted a team-high 18 points for Orange, Dominic Anekwe finished with 15 points, and Ernie Pryor added 12.

Garfield 56, Berkshire 53

Behind Jack Hastings, Berkshire made a fourth-quarter run at host Garrettsville Garfield, but the Badgers fell short, 56-53.

Hastings scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the final eight minutes. Mason Mendolera also scored in double figures with 11. Miles Miller added nine, Alec Yalanty finished with seven, and Gavin Hipp scored six points for the Badgers.

Cuyahoga Heights 45, Barberton 42 (OT)

It took an extra frame, but Cuyahoga Heights pulled out a 45-42 road win at Barberton in the Greynolds Classic on Saturday.

After a 38-38 tie in regulation, the Red Wolves outscored the Magic in overtime, 7-4, to win the game.

Barberton scored four straight to begin the extra period, while Cuyahoga Heights scored the final seven points of the game.

Nate Biggers led the Red Wolves with 27 points and was 10-for-10 in being named Greynolds Classic Player of the Game.

West Geauga 55, Geneva 45 (OT)

West Geauga used two big runs to hold off Geneva in overtime.

The Wolverines outscored the Eagles in the second quarter, 17-5, and then pulled away from Geneva in overtime with a 14-4 run.

Landon Lear scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Wolverines to the win. Jesse Moriarty contributed with 10 points, and Collin Whiting added nine.

Anthony Kosicek and Hayden Diemer both led Geneva with 11 points.

Beachwood 97, Lakeside 74

Beachwood defended its home court against the visiting Dragons behind a solid offensive performance that saw four Bison finish in double figures.

Marquis Pinkney led the way with a game-high 25 points, Nathan Lurie added 24, Noah Page scored 14 points, and Max Page finished with 11.

Da’Sjaun Williams and Kaiden Hettsmansperger led the Dragons with 21 and 20 points, respectively, and Jimmy Timonere also reached double figures with 13.

Hawken 67, Harvey 36

Four Hawks scored in double figures as Hawken cruised past Harvey on Saturday.

Daron Hill led the way with 15 points, David Dettlebach added 14, Gregory Price scored 12, and Taj Caver finished with 11 points in the win.

Spencer Weber led Harvey with 10 points.

Other CVC scores:


  • Perry 67, Chagrin Falls 44 (Photo Gallery)
  • Brooklyn 72, Grand Valley 44


  • Mogadore 47, Crestwood 35





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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