A defensive resurgence helped the Nordonia High School boys basketball team win two games in a row recently, as the Knights knocked off University School and Cuyahoga Falls.
Nordonia beat University School by the score of 55-46 at home Feb. 4. The Knights allowed University to score 18 points in the first quarter to seize an 18-13 lead, but they put on the defensive clamps after that.
University tallied eight points in the second period. That allowed Nordonia to catch up, tying the score 26-26 at intermission. Then the Knights outscored their opponent 19-9 during the third stanza to seize a 45-35 advantage. Nordonia held University off during the fourth frame to keep its lead secure and claim victory.
A number of players cracked the scoring column for Nordonia. Senior guard Mike Piotrowski led the way for the Knights, racking up 16 points. In addition, junior forward Tye Evans tallied nine points, while senior forward Ryan Smith produced eight markers.
Two players contributed six points apiece--senior forward Luke Alders and sophomore guard Julius Jones. Also scoring for Nordonia were junior guard Drew Petros with five points, sophomore guard Robby Levak with three points, and sophomore guard/forward Jordan Jones with two markers.
On Feb. 10, Nordonia hosted Suburban League National Division rival Cuyahoga Falls. The Knights thwarted the Black Tigers by the score of 49-36.
Nordonia fell behind early against Falls, as the Black Tigers held a 12-8 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The Knights then held Cuyahoga Falls to just six points during the second period. As a result, Nordonia was on top 21-18 at intermission.
Nordonia continued to keep up the defensive intensity in the second half. Once again, Falls could only score six points during the third stanza. Consequently, the Knights carried a 33-24 advantage into the final frame.
Falls scored 12 points during the fourth quarter, but Nordonia accounted for 16, allowing the Knights to shut the door and claim victory.
This time, Smith led Nordonia offensively, recording 18 points, while Evans accounted for nine points. Piotrowski was next with eight points, while Alders added seven markers.
Two more players scored for the Knights. They were Julius Jones with five points and junior guard/forward Spencer Harp with two points.
Nordonia now owns an overall record of 4-14. The Knights also sport a ledger of 2-8 in the National Division of the Suburban League. Brecksville-Broadview Heights currently sits atop the division standings with a mark of 10-1.
Nordonia had three games left in the regular season as of press time.
The Knights were set to clash with division foe North Royalton on the road Feb. 14, but results were not available at press time.
On Feb. 17, Nordonia is slated to visit division nemesis Twinsburg.
On Feb. 24, the Knights will wrap up their regular campaign against league adversary Wadsworth at home.