Knight boys cagers get past Copley

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

The Nordonia High School boys basketball team had just one game last week.

And the Knights made the most of it.

Nordonia battled Suburban League rival Copley on the road Jan. 18, winning by the score of 75-62.

Despite the win, Nordonia head coach Matt Cash indicated that the Knights weren't at their best against the Indians.

"It was a pretty ugly game," said Cash. "It looked like we had taken a week off. We were a little rusty. The kids didn't really wake up until the third quarter, when we outscored them 20-12.

"We played better in the second half, but we were sloppy at times. However, an ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day of the week."

Senior center Chris Scott led the way for Nordonia with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. In addition, sophomore point guard Max Hartman contributed 14 points and senior power forward Eugene Coleman accounted for nine points and 15 rebounds.

"Eugene had a monster game," said Cash. "He's been playing very well as of late."

Senior shooting guard Nick Piotrowski added 10 points to Nordonia's cause, while sophomore guard Alex Alders and senior guard Kenny Kitchen both recorded seven markers.

With the win, Nordonia improved its overall record to 12-2. The Knights also remained undefeated in league action with a mark of 8-0.

Once again, Nordonia has only one game this week. The Knights will travel to league foe Cloverleaf Jan. 25.

Earlier in the season, Nordonia played five games in an eight-day stretch. Now, the Knights are in the midst of a 14-day stretch where they only play two games.

"The kids were playing with a lot of intensity during that eight-day stretch," said Cash. "Now, having a week off is kind of tough. The time off is good, but it might be better to play a little more. Practice can become monotonous."

The Jan. 25 game is the second time this season that Nordonia has played Cloverleaf. The Knights beat the Colts in the teams' first meeting.

"In our first game against them, their best player, Robby Buckwald, hurt his ankle 30 seconds in," said Cash, "so that doesn't give a good indication of how this game will go. Last year when we went to that gym, it was a meat grinder. It's a tough place to play, an old-school gym where the fans are right on top of you. It's going to be a battle for our guys."

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