Due to a scheduling quirk, the Nordonia High School boys basketball team is still playing sparingly.
However, the Knights are also still winning.
Nordonia knocked off Suburban League foe Cloverleaf by the score of 76-47 Jan. 25. With that lopsided road victory, the Knights improved their overall record to 13-2 and they also remained perfect in league play with a ledger of 9-0.
Nordonia started quickly, outscoring the Colts 18-4 in the opening quarter. The Knights didn't look back, slowly continuing to build their lead over the remaining three periods.
"We did what we wanted to do, although we got sloppy in certain stretches," said Nordonia head coach Matt Cash. "The kids played hard, so we're pleased for the most part. We played a couple of our sophomores, Denzel Ward and David Murray, and they helped us out."
Cloverleaf hit a flurry of three-pointers in the third stanza, helping the Colts score 20 points during the quarter. However, the Colts managed just 11 points during the final frame.
Senior shooting guard Nick Piotrowski led Nordonia offensively, pouring in 20 points, while senior center Chris Scott tallied 16 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.
In addition, senior guard Kenny Kitchen produced 11 points and five steals, senior forward Dameon Luster collected 11 points and nine rebounds, sophomore point guard Max Hartman scored eight points and senior power forward Eugene Coleman contributed six points and 15 rebounds.
"Eugene has been playing great," said Cash. "Against Copley, he was matched up defensively against their best player, and he did a tremendous job against Robby Buckwald in the Cloverleaf game. Eugene hits the boards well and does a lot of the heavy lifting for us on the defensive end. He's really hitting his stride."
On Jan. 29, Nordonia was set to host non-league foe Walsh Jesuit but results weren't available at press time. The Warriors entered the contest with a record of 11-3.
"Walsh Jesuit is a team in our district that's playing well," said Cash. "That's almost a must-win game for [tournament] seeding."
On Feb. 1, the Knights will clash with conference counterpart Wadsworth, also at home.
"Wadsworth lost to Green 61-56, but that game was tied 49-49 with 2:30 left," said Cash. "It was a battle all night. It's going to be a tough game for our kids. We'll see how they respond."
The Division I district tournament draw is scheduled Feb. 10.