A last-second steal and layup helped Chagrin Falls push its Chagrin Valley Conference game into overtime and the Tigers took it from there to down the Dragons on Friday, 63-54.
“Our guys did a great job of persevering tonight when things weren’t going our way,” Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar said. “In our first six games, we have found different ways to win games. Our unselfishness and balanced scoring have been a big factor in our start.”
Big-time players stepping up to make big-time plays also played a role in the Tigers improving to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Trailing the Dragons by four with one minute to go, Kyle Zaluski connected on a shot to pull the Tigers within two and Cam Owen followed with a steal and layup in the final second to force the extra period.
“We did a great job in OT keeping our composure and making our free throws,” Bargar said.
Xavier Perez led the Tigers with 14 points and Josh Norton and Kyle Zaluski also scored in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively. Norton also added eight rebounds and five assists.
Owen finished with nine points.
“It’s a long season, but to start the year 4-0 in conference play is something we hope to build on moving forward,” Bargar said.