Thursday night in their season-opening win over Parma Normandy, the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers trailed by seven points at the half before rallying to beat the Invaders by three points in overtime.

One night later in their home opener, Paris Blackshear and the Black Tigers made sure to avoid such drama again.

Blackshear, a senior guard, scored a game-high 24 points as Falls exploded during a decisive third-quarter run to dispatch visiting Kent Roosevelt 73-58 in a Suburban League cross-division tilt.

After the contest was knotted at 18-apiece after the opening eight minutes and again at 33-all at the half, Falls (2-0) outscored the Rough Riders (0-1) 20-4 in the third period, at one point reeling off 16 straight tallies to take complete command.

The recipe for Falls success throughout the game was domination on the offensive glass. Behind the board work of senior post Dion Davis, the Black Tigers scored numerous buckets off second-chance opportunities. For the game, Falls outrebounded Roosevelt 45-23.

And if the follow-up shots weren't going in, Falls players were going to the foul line. In the first half, the hosts shot 17 free throws, making 10.

Zachary Common kept the Rough Riders in the thick of things by scoring 14 of his team-high 22 points in the first 16 minutes, the sophomore point guard himself going to the charity stripe 10 times in the first half.

However, Roosevelt, which led by five points on two separate occasions in the first stanza — its largest lead of the night — fell frigid coming out of the locker room to begin the second half.

Tyler McKown's two free throws two minutes into the final half accounted for Roosevelt's first two points of the third stanza and cut the Falls' advantage to 37-35. The next time they scored -- on a Common driving layup with 1:45 showing in the quarter — the scoreboard read 53-37.

Roosevelt started relatively hot from behind the arc, hitting six 3-pointers in the first half. But the long ball wasn't falling the final two quarters as the Rough Riders drained only three to finish with nine for the game.

Michael Heintz had three 3s to finish with nine points. McKown matched him with nine points as well.

Davis totaled 13 for the hosts, who had 11 different players register at least one point.