The Stow-Munroe Falls boys basketball team is still unbeaten in conference play.
The Bulldogs improved to 8-3 overall and 7-0 in the Suburban League National Conference play after earning a 69-53 victory over North Royalton Jan. 20 at James G. Tyree Gymnasium.
Stow outscored the Bears (7-6, 4-3) 20-11 in the second quarter to take a 37-25 lead at halftime and appeared to be in control early in the third period.
In fact, when 6-foot-8 junior forward Mason McMurray converted a 3-point play with five minutes left, the Bulldogs had a commanding 49-29 advantage.
And then, in a blink of an eye, Stow completely lost its composure.
The Bulldogs had some ball-handling issues and North Royalton, which was at a decisive disadvantage in terms of height and athleticism, concluded the quarter on a 16-1 run.
When senior guard Brandon Kye scored a layup off a spin move, it was suddenly a five-point game (50-45).
However, it turned out to be just as easy for Stow to flip the switch back on as it was to turn off.
The Bulldogs opened the final period with a 10-0 spurt to put the game away.
Senior forward Justin Harvey concluded the flurry with a layup after behind-the-head pass by junior guard Coryon Rice.
At that point, the game was out of reach as the Bears' shooting touch vanished. North Royalton had a lot of one-and-done possessions down the stretch, thanks to its inability to convert 3-point shots.
Senior post player Max Glass led the Bears with a game-high 26 points.
Despite its third-quarter woes, Stow moved the ball effectively throughout the game, which led to a number of open shots.
As a result, four Bulldogs reached double digits in scoring.
Senior guard Logan Lindsay had 13 points and Harvey finished with 12 points. McMurray contributed 11 points and senior guard Jordan Jolly added 10 points.
Rice and senior guard/forward Nick Kollar finished with 9 and 8 points, respectively, for Stow.
Kye scored 13 points for North Royalton.