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The Nordonia High School boys basketball team lost a pair of games recently, but there was a huge difference between the two contests.
On Jan. 10, Nordonia played a home game against Copley. The Knights had difficulty defending the Indians, who ran away with a 98-62 victory.
Then on Jan. 13, the Knights hosted Twinsburg. Nordonia gave the Tigers everything they wanted, pushing them to overtime before succumbing by the score of 56-49.
Nordonia enjoyed a great start against Twinsburg, building a 9-2 lead by the end of the opening quarter. However, the Tigers bounced back, embarking upon a 17-9 lead during the second period. As a result, they held a 19-18 edge at intermission.
Twinsburg maintained its advantage, leading 27-25 at the outset of the fourth quarter. Nordonia then rallied to tie the score 40-40 at the end of regulation play. Unfortunately, Twinsburg owned all the momentum in the overtime period, scoring 16 points to just nine for the Knights.
Two players reached double digits for Nordonia. Sophomore guard Julius Jones scored 20 points and senior guard Ryan Smith produced 14 points. In addition, sophomore guard Drew Petros tallied six points and senior guard Mike Piotrowski added four markers. Rounding out the scoring for the Knights were sophomore guard/forward Jordan Jones (three points) and junior forward Evans (two points).
Nordonia did not enjoy nearly as good a start against Copley as the Knights did against Twinsburg. That's because by the time the first quarter ended, the Indians were on top 29-10. Copley didn't let up, scoring 32 more points in the second stanza to carry a 61-22 leads into the locker room at intermission.
The Indians edged Nordonia during the third frame 16-15. The Knights racked up 25 points in the fourth period, but Copley still cruised to a 36-point victory.
A total of 12 players cracked the scoring column for Nordonia, led by Evans with 14 points. Also in double digits was Piotrowski with 12 points. In addition, junior forward Ben Broscheid tallied eight points, Jordan Jones contributed five points, and senior forward Luke Alders and sophomore guard Evan Wiehe both accounted for four markers.
Kovacs also contributed to the Knights' offensive attack with three points. Four players added two points apiece: Petros, sophomore guard Gabe Byrd, Barnes, and Julius Jones.
On Jan. 18, Nordonia will travel to Wadsworth at 7:30 p.m.