Nordonia boys basketball repeats as league champs

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

This is the Nordonia High School boys basketball team's second year of participation in the Suburban League.

It's also the second year in a row that the Knights have won the Suburban League championship.

Nordonia clinched the outright crown Feb. 15 night with a 72-64 victory over conference counterpart Revere on the road.

With the win, not only did the Knights claim the league title, but they also improved their overall record to 18-2 and their league ledger to 13-0.

"Being in the league for two years and winning it back-to-back is a great accomplishment for the kids," said Nordonia head coach Matt Cash. "They've put in a lot of hard work and dedication year in and year out. They were in the weight room and the gym all during the off-season, and it's certainly paid off."

Nordonia built a 23-18 lead in the first quarter. Both teams scored 12 points during the second period, giving the Knights a 35-30 advantage at intermission.

Then both squads put 14 points on the scoreboard in the third stanza before Nordonia pulled away by outscoring the Minutemen 23-20 during the final frame.

"It was an exciting game," said Cash. "It was Revere's Senior Night, and they came out fired up. It was an up-and-down game with great tempo, and it was a hard-fought Suburban League win for us."

With the loss, Revere's overall record slid to 3-17.

Four Nordonia players reached double digits in scoring. Senior guard Kenny Kitchen led the way with 17 points and three steals, while senior power forward Eugene Coleman added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In addition, senior center Chris Scott also posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, senior shooting guard Nick Piotrowski accounted for 10 points and senior forward Dameon Luster recorded eight markers.

Rounding out the scoring for the Knights were sophomore guard Max Hartman with six points, sophomore guard Alex Alders with four points, sophomore guard Eli Linder with three points and sophomore forward Diallo Niamke with two points.

Nordonia has two games left in the regular season.

On Feb. 19, the Knights were set to face Streetsboro at home, but results were not available at press time.

On Feb. 22, Nordonia will battle league nemesis Green in what will be Senior Night for the Knights. The Bulldogs are currently in second place in the Suburban League standings.

"That's a great rivalry, and we're looking for our fans and the community to come out and support us," said Cash. "It should be a great atmosphere for the kids and for our seniors."

Green was also second when Nordonia won the league championship last season.

The Division I district tournament draw was held recently at Copley High School. Nordonia is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, and as a result, the Knights received a first-round bye.

That means Nordonia will play either Cuyahoga Falls or Wadsworth March 2, in the sectional finals.

According to Cash, this is the first time that the Knights have secured the top seed in the tournament.

"That's a great accomplishment for Nordonia basketball," he said. "These kids are making history for the school this season."

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