They landed one slingshot against a conference heavyweight earlier in the season.

They were blindsided by another conference heavyweight Friday.

The host Blue Devils lost their third straight game after falling to defending Suburban League American Conference co-champion Revere 63-53 at James O. Maddox Court.

With the loss, Tallmadge dropped to 4-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference. One of those wins was a 64-63 victory over American Conference co-champion Copley.

Unfortunately, there have been hard times for the Blue Devils ever since as they’ve lost five of their last six.

The Minutemen raced out to a 30-8 lead. Tallmadge battled back to cut its deficit to 12 (34-22) at halftime.

Revere hit a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter and looked like it was going to pull away.

The Blue Devils, on the other hand, had other plans.

Tallmadge managed to stay within striking distance, but the Minutemen were never threatened the rest of the way.

"I give our kids so much credit," Blue Devils’ first-year head coach Bill Johnson said. "We battled so hard to stay in the game. Many times when the score gets away early, the kids pack it in.

"Not our team. They literally battled back every second of the game. Sean Ambrose and Luke Thomas were asked to just go in and cause chaos. They played as hard as anyone I’ve ever coached."

Brandon Heigelmann led Tallmadge with 20 points. He did all kinds of other things, too, according to Johnson.

"His impact was so much more than (scoring)," he said. "He rebounded, handled the ball and led us."

Johnson wasn’t particularly enthused about his team’s start. However, he also gave credit to Revere, which scored 100 points against Aurora Jan. 4.

"I’m not happy at all with the start of the game," Johnson said. "But as unhappy as I am with the start, I am equally or more proud of the way our kids responded.

"Revere is good. They have five guys on the floor that can shoot it in and score off the bounce. They are very tough to guard."