When it comes to the Suburban League National Conference, there is just no place to hide.
That is especially true for the eight boys basketball teams this winter.
In fact, the 2018-19 race for National Conference supremacy could be more wide open than ever.
Cuyahoga Falls, on the other hand, probably has a long way to go if it wants to compete for a championship.
However, the Black Tigers took a huge step forward Tuesday even if they didn’t get the end result they wanted.
Host Falls lost a 59-54 decision to Brecksville-Broadview Heights at Tom Jones Court. The Bees, who have been perennial contenders ever since the Suburban League became a two-conference, 15-team format, outscored the Black Tigers 24-11 in the second period.
Falls, which dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference, had a commanding 30-15 advantage on the glass. Noah Koehler, who finished with seven points, led the Black Tigers with 11 rebounds.
But Brecksville’s outside shooting was more than enough to withstand Falls’ dominance in the paint.
Tommy Barth scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Bees. Barth converted all five of his 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes.
CJ Sjeba also knocked down five triples and finished with 17 points. Tyler Ganley scored eight of his 11 points in the second half for Brecksville.
James Moore led the Black Tigers with 20 points. He also grabbed five rebounds. Teammate Kyler Tepus added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Falls struggled on the road against Twinsburg, the 2017-18 National Conference runner-up. The Tigers cruised to a 60-39 win Dec. 7.
Twinsburg had a 32-17 lead at halftime. Ralph Campbell led the Tigers with 14 points. A total of 12 Twinsburg players reached the scoring column.
Moore led the Black Tigers with 12 points and Koehler added 11 points. Freshman Deon Horn, making his first varsity start, contributed six points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Falls.