The Nordonia High School boys basketball team played its most complete game of the season so far. The result: the Knights' first victory of the campaign.
Nordonia traveled to Mayfield Dec. 23. The Knights used a superb second half to overcome a six-point deficit and hang a 77-66 loss on the Wildcats.
With the win, Nordonia improved its overall record to 1-5. The Knights are also 0-2 in the National Conference of the Suburban League.
To this point in the season, Nordonia had experienced difficulty finishing games and closing out opponents. However, the Knights experienced no such difficulty against Mayfield.
The Wildcats, though, did hold a 20-14 lead after the first quarter. Both squads tallied 21 points during the second period. As a result, Mayfield took a 41-35 advantage to the locker room at intermission.
The second half was a different story, starting in the third quarter. That's because Nordonia held the Wildcats to just two points during the stanza. The Knights, on the other hand, tallied 17 points to seize a 52-43 lead by the end of the frame.
The fourth quarter was a high-scoring affair. Mayfield made a late offensive push, and Nordonia matched the Wildcats basket-for-basket. In fact, the Knights edged Mayfield by two points during the period (25-23) to account for the game's final tally.
Nordonia enjoyed a balanced offensive attack, with four players reaching double digits. Senior guard Mike Piotrowski led the way with 23 points, scoring 15 of those points on five three-pointers, while sophomore guard Julius Jones was next with 15 points.
Also in double figures were Smith with 13 points and junior guard Drew Petros with 11 markers. Petros accounted for a pair of three-pointers, as well.
Two other players cracked the scoring column for Nordonia. They were senior forward Luke Alders with six points and junior forward Tye Evans with five points.
Nordonia outshot Mayfield in all areas. The Knights made 24 field goals to the Wildcats' 22, and they also sank 22 free throws to the Wildcats' 16. In addition, Nordonia drained seven three-pointers, and Mayfield had six treys.
On Dec. 29, and 30, the Nordonia competed in the Brunswick Holiday Hoops Tournament. On Jan. 3, the Knights traveled to conference counterpart Cuyahoga Falls. Results
On Friday, Jan. 6, they're scheduled to host conference foe North Royalton.