The Western Reserve Academy boys basketball team has certainly taken its lumps against some of the more powerful teams across a few states.
This time, the Pioneers finally found themselves in victory lane against a strong opponent. And they did so on that opponent’s home floor, too.
Reserve improved to 11-12 after earning a hard-fought 60-57 victory over Orange Tuesday in Pepper Pike.
WRA led 27-22 at halftime and was up by as many as seven in the fourth quarter.
However, the Lions got some steals and conversions on the other end to take a one-point lead.
Dorde Otasevic made two free throws on the next possession and Ben Daugherty delivered the dagger when he nailed a 3-pointer to put the Pioneers up four.
Despite a string of 3s by Orange in the final minutes, Reserve held on. The Lions had a shot from beyond half court at the buzzer, but the ball failed to reach the inside of the net.
Otasevic led Reserve with 22 points. He also had seven rebounds and four assists. Daugherty contributed 19 points, six rebounds and three assists for WRA.
Mikey Mylott added 12 points and five rebounds for the Pioneers.
"Evan Bongers, Cade Howard, Alex Lammers, Andrew Song and Romir Basu played great defense," Reserve head coach Thomas Adams-Wall said. "A few huge offensive and defensive rebounds by Andrew Song and Alex Lammers kept possessions alive for us."
Lammers finished with seven rebounds and two steals.