Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tigers leave no doubt

A week ago, Chagrin Falls clinched a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title.

On Friday, the Tigers proved they weren’t willing to share that title with anyone else and beat visiting Hawken, 58-35, to win the title outright.

“We wanted to come out tonight and play inspired basketball for 32 minutes so that we didn’t have to share the CVC title and I thought our guys did just that,” Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar said. “We did a good job playing with a lot of tempo on offense, which enabled us to get some easy looks. Even though I thought we left a lot of points on the floor at times tonight, our guys didn’t get frustrated and just went on to the next play.”

Xavier Perez led the Tigers with 14 points and he added four steals. Josh Norton finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Jack McMullen also scored in double figures with 11 points and he pulled down eight rebounds.

As balanced as the offense was, the Tigers were even more impressive on the defensive end of the court.

“We did a really good job defensively tonight keeping their shooters under control,” Bargar said. “We went to a zone early in the game and created some turnovers that lead to easy baskets on the other end.”

Chagrin Falls improved to 14-5 overall and closed out league play with an 11-2 mark.

“It’s a good feeling to be able to win this conference outright,” Bargar said. “These guys played as a team all year in a very difficult league. To finish at 11-2 is something they can be proud of.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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