It didn’t take Kenny Johnson much time to see when his team ran into a rather messy situation Jan. 18.
"When they showed up," he said with a chuckle.
Unfortunately for the Cuyahoga Falls head boys basketball coach and his embattled players, the Tigers did "show up." And let’s just say they weren’t exactly polite guests.
Twinsburg remained in a tie for first place in the Suburban League National Conference after crushing the host Black Tigers 76-28 at Tom Jones Court.
The Tigers raced out to a 16-2 lead and were simply merciless after halftime as they outscored Falls 42-13.
As a result, the Black Tigers (1-13, 0-8) have lost 12 in a row and 25 of their last 26 dating back to last season.
Of course, Johnson hasn’t lost his passion or his sense of humor during this haunting stretch of terror.
Nonetheless, like his players, he has certainly grown weary of his team’s inability to solve this seemingly impossible puzzle.
"I called a timeout a minute and a half into the game," Johnson said. "They jumped on us early. The kids got flat from there."
A total of 11 players scored for Twinsburg, which is 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference. Ralph Campbell led the way with 16 points as the Tigers destroyed Falls in the low post.
"They’re good," Johnson said. "They killed us on the boards. They manhandled us."
Sophomore guard Kyler Tepus had nine points for the Black Tigers, but no other Falls’ player scored more than four points.
"We didn’t show up with any energy," Johnson said. "The effort was poor. When you get behind a team like that, you can’t play catch-up."
So where does Falls go from here?
The Black Tigers can’t escape their barbaric schedule that seems to feature quality teams on a regular basis.
Falls’ next challenge is against Brecksville-Broadview Heights Friday on the road. The Bees are tied with Twinsburg atop the conference standings.
"We’re just going to keep grinding," Johnson said. "There’s nothing else we can do. We just have to keep moving forward."
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or @FrankAceto_RPC.