by Brent HoveyReporterAurora -- Harmon School's seventh-grade boys basketball season came to a close in championship fashion recently.The team defeated Chagrin Falls 33-23 in the championship of the Chagrin Falls tournament to cap off a successful season.The team, coached by Dave Murray, finished the year 12-4, beating every team on its schedule at least once.After starting the year slow, the Greenmen took revenge and beat the four teams which beat them earlier in the year.Two of those wins were over Kenston and Orange. Kenston had beaten the Jaguars by 17, but they came back to reverse that loss 42-30.Meanwhile, Orange routed Aurora 43-35, only to have theGreenmen oust the Lions the second time around 49-39.Harmon ended the year on a tear, winning its last six games by 10 points or more. The momentum they built helped them dominate the Chagrin Falls tournament. In the semifinals, Harmon put a whooping on Independence 54-37, then cruised in the title contest.The locals held Chagrin Falls to 6 first-half points, while the locals put up a 16- spot. Anthony Melchiori sparked the first half rally with a few steals that turned into layups.Johnny Montello led all scorers with 11 points and Blake Calcie helped out with 7."Winning the tournament was a season-long goal of the boys," said Murray. "They worked hard in practices and improved im-mensely, especially on the defensive end."Our rebounding and defense was clearly the difference during the second half of the season."Murray said coaching the team was an enjoyable experience, and seeing the boys come together as a team and friends only added to it."THE BOYS truly shared great chemistry on and off the floor, and it's important to them not to let each other down," he said.All 15 boys played a role in the success the team had.Alex Delahunta and Montello were not only the starting back court, but captains of the team. Montello was the leading scorer.Tyler Shultz and Garrett Gable gained minutes at the guard spots, including a few starts. Murray called Shultz "an excellent defensive player" and "Gable's shooting really came along by season's end."Zach Fadoul was the starting power forward and was a "good rebounder and dependable player."Alex Kunkel got most of the starts at small forward. "He had great shooting and ball-handling skills," said Murray.Troy Watson and Bruce Nichols each saw time as the team's starting center. Nichols was the second leading scorer and top rebounder.Watson was a "solid rebounder and really im-proved offensively as the year went along," Murray said.Bud Radis "played well of the bench as a two-guard" and Anthony Melchiori was a "great transition player and very athletic."Kevin Zmozyski played both guard positions for Murray, who said he had a "wonderful attitude and was a intelligent player."Jarid Phillips and J.T. Haughey both came off the bench at the forward spots. Murray said each provided a spark as a rebounder and defensively.Danny Glassman was "a good shooter" who also came off the bench to make an impact.Calcie was "an excellent power forward and good rebounder and defensive stopper."E-mail: bhovey@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3115