by Frank AcetoAssociate Sports EditorForget about the record or the players it lost to graduation.The Solon boys basketball team should be considered an overwhelming favorite against Cuyahoga Falls.The Comets have been a conference power over the years and have dominated the Black Tigers every time during their last several meetings.So make no mistake about it, host Falls' 55-47 win over Northeast Ohio Conference rival Solon Dec. 21 stunned just about everyone.Including Black Tigers head coach Rob Slone."I'm extremely proud of the way the kids played," he said. "They came out and played hard right from the beginning. This was our chance to show that we're not the same Falls' team they [the Comets] played in previous years. We went into the game with good intensity and we carried it all the way to the end."The Black Tigers (1-5, 1-2) had control of the contest for much of the evening. Solon, a regional participant during the last four years, scored just six points in the second quarter as Falls grabbed a 29-18 lead at halftime.The Comets got dangerously close to the Black Tigers late in the game, but Falls' point guard Anthony Longhitano sealed the deal with some pinpoint free-throw shooting. Longhitano, who scored a team-high 14 points, made all 10 of his foul shots down the stretch."Anthony is definitely one of our better free-throw shooters," Slone said. "He's a senior who has been there before. I was hoping he would make seven or eight, but he made all 10. I don't think he ever hit the rim."And it was a refreshing sight for Slone to see his team execute down the stretch."They [the Comets] cut it to three with about two minutes left," he said. "We ran our press breaker and executed flawlessly."Solon (3-4, 1-2) lost some key players from last season, including 6-foot-9 center Dallas Lauderdale, who now plays for The Ohio State University."This Solon team was looking for an identity," Slone said. "When you have a person like Lauderdale for so many years, you build around him."Guards Alex Walke and Brett Mullen added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Black Tigers, who also showed some flawless execution on defense."With 1:45 left, it was a five-point game," Slone said. "We ran some full-court pressure to eat some clock. As soon as they [the Comets] got to half court, we went into a 2-3 zone. "It took them eight seconds to get it past half court because of our pressure and we confused them with our zone," he added. "It took them 35 to 40 seconds to get a shot off."Falls was scheduled to visit Akron Ellet Dec. 28 before returning home to play Coventry Dec. 29. Results of those games were not available at press time.They are set to visit River Division rival Hudson Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.E-mail: faceto@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3914