Monday, December 5, 2022

Tigers slay Dragons in OT

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.

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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