They didn't click on all cylinders, but the Bulldogs successfully got back on track after suffering their first conference loss of the season.
The Stow-Munroe Falls boys basketball team improved to 10-4 on the season and 7-1 in the Suburban League National Conference after earning a 59-43 victory over Nordonia Jan. 31 at Nordonia High School's Hugh Griffith Memorial Gymnasium in Macedonia.
With the loss, the Knights dropped to 2-13 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
It seemed like just when the Bulldogs were going to take complete control, Nordonia had a knack for making a few buckets in a row to keep it close.
Stow, which suffered a 53-41 defeat to Wadsworth Jan. 27 on the road, raced out to a 9-0 lead and then found itself in a 13-13 stalemate after a run by the Knights.
But the Bulldogs knew how to shoot themselves out of trouble.
As soon as Nordonia tied the game at 13, junior guard Coryon Rice buried a 3-pointer to give Stow the advantage again.
Rice finished with a game-high 20 points and knocked down five of the Bulldogs' eight 3-pointers,
Stow built its lead back to double digits again (33-22) when Rice buried a triple with less than 10 seconds in the half.
Again, the Knights managed to peck and scratch to keep the game from getting out of hand.
Junior guard Drew Petros drilled a 3 from the top of the key at the buzzer to cut Nordonia's deficit to eight (33-25).
However, the Knights couldn't keep up with the Bulldogs' perimeter shooting.
Stow made a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter and led by as many as 18 (48-30) when 6-foot-8 junior forward Mason McMurray buried a triple.
The Bulldogs didn't look back the rest of the way.
McMurray, who was in some foul trouble in the first half, finished with 14 points and senior guard Logan Lindsay added 9 points.
Petros knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points for Nordonia. Junior forward Tye Evans contributed 7 points for the Knights.
Stow earned a 54-33 win in the junior varsity contest.