Knight boys rally to win at Medina

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

The Nordonia High School boys basketball team won a big game this past week.

But the Knights have an even bigger game coming up this week.

The big game was a 75-70 overtime victory against non-conference opponent Medina on the road Jan. 5.

The bigger game is a clash with Suburban League foe Green on the road Jan 11.

But first, the victory over Medina.

"It was a tough game," said Nordonia head coach Matt Cash. "They (the Bees) were coming off a big win over Brunswick. It was a packed house, and we got down by 10 points two or three times. We outscored them 21-15 in the fourth quarter to tie it up."

The Knights trailed 66-63 with 33 seconds left in regulation play when senior shooting guard Nick Piotrowski came off a double screen and hit a clutch three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

Nordonia then outscored Medina 9-4 in the extra session to post the victory.

"It was a hard-fought game," said Cash. "The kids showed a lot of resiliency and a lot of heart by winning the way they did."

Senior center Chris Scott enjoyed a monster game for Nordonia, producing 29 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. In addition, Piotrowski tallied 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists and junior guard Eli Linder added 14 points and three steals.

Other major contributors for the Knights included senior power forward Eugene Coleman (10 rebounds, four points) and sophomore guard Alex Alders (five points).

"Alex Alders and Eli Linder should be commended on their defense," said Cash. "They were going up against Billy Geschke. He's an amazing guard and he scored 36 points, but they made him work for every one of them."

On Jan. 4, Nordonia hosted Suburban League rival Revere, beating the Minutemen by the score of 71-53.

"It was a pretty ugly game until halftime," said Cash. "We had about a week layoff, and you could tell. We were going through the motions in the first half. The kids woke up in the third quarter, and we outscored them 30-12 during that quarter to put the game away."

Scott had an even bigger game against Revere. He scored 36 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked three shots.

In addition, sophomore point guard Max Hartman totaled 13 points and five steals, while Piotrowski accounted for eight points and another five steals.

Nordonia is now 9-1 overall on the season. The Knights are still undefeated in league play at 6-0.

Nordonia was set to host backyard rival Twinsburg Jan. 8, but results were not available at press time.

On Jan. 12, the Knights will travel to Green for their all-important battle with the Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0).

On Jan. 13, Nordonia will play a make-up contest against Aurora at home.

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