The host Tallmadge wheelchair basketball team improved to 1-1 after earning a 32-16 victory over Canton GlenOak Wednesday at James O. Maddox Court.
Brennan Heavilin led the Blue Devils with 14 points, including eight in the first quarter. Isaiah Johnson had 10 points and eight assists and Sammy Blatt finished with six points.
GlenOak’s Elena Knowles, who celebrated her birthday following the game, had six points for GlenOak. Tallmadge outscored GlenOak 12-4 in the first quarter and 10-4 in the third.
All nine available players, including first-grade player Justin Steele, who played in his first career game, saw action.
The Blue Devils dominated the boards and played stellar defense. Heavilin and Blatt controlled the boards and the paint for Tallmadge.
The Blue Devils used the fast break to their advantage, scoring eight points in transition.
Held scoreless in the first quarter, Johnson, the team’s point guard, had five assists on the six made baskets in the the first quarter.
" I was very proud of Isaiah getting his teammates involved early in the game," head coach Tom Linder said. "He gets doubled and sometimes triple-teamed and that means there should always be an open player somewhere and he did a great job of not only finding them, but getting them the ball. He got his shots later in the game and took advantage of his opportunities.
"Our combination of speed and rebounding will cause problems for most teams in the transition game and we took advantage of that for some easy baskets. We got a lot of minutes for all the kids in front of an awesome crowd for the home opener. I was very proud how every one on our roster contributed."
Tallmadge is scheduled to host defending state champion Wooster along with Austintown as part of a tripleheader Dec. 29. Play is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.