CUYAHOGA FALLS — When you make 67 percent of your 3-point attempts in the first half, you should be in good shape, right?
Unfortunately for the Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball team, the answer was a surprising no.
Not against the reigning Suburban League National Conference champions, at least.
Such was the case Friday as the host Black Tigers suffered a 71-52 defeat to Brecksville-Broadview Heights at Coach Tom Jones Court.
Falls made 6-of-9 shots from behind the 3-point arc and still trailed by six (39-33) after the first 24 minutes.
That’s because the Bees put on a show from long distance. They converted nine of their 13 3-pointers in the first half.
Although its perimeter game calmed down a bit, Brecksville dominated the boards in the third quarter to turn a very interesting game into a rout.
"I think the biggest thing in the second half, they [the Bees] obviously didn’t continue to shoot the ball well, but they got more offensive rebounds," Black Tigers first-year head coach Todd Taylor said. "At one point, they only had five rebounds at half and we only had six. When they did miss, we did a really good job.
"In the second half, we got out of position too many times and we didn’t get the rebound."
That was painfully evident in the third quarter.
The Bees closed the period with a 13-2 run to take a 61-44 lead. Brecksville (4-0, 3-0) didn’t look back the rest of the way. The Bees didn’t continue their torrid shooting, but when they did convert, some of their baskets came off initial misses. Brecksville had five offensive rebounds in the quarter.
"One of the comments in the locker room was, ‘We almost played selfish,’" Taylor said. "It’s not that they’re selfish kids. Sometimes you play selfish. Whether it’s not boxing out, whether it’s not going for that loose ball or trying to go for the steal and getting yourself out of position. To me, that always goes with being selfish."
J.C. Sejba and Tommy Barth each had four 3-pointers on their way to 20 and 18 points, respectively, for the Bees. Niko Markovic converted three triples on his way to 13 points and Joe Labas added 12 points for the Bees, who were missing Tyler Ganley from their lineup because of an injury.
Falls (0-4, 0-3) was short-handed, as well.
The Black Tigers were missing guard Kyler Tepus, who is expected to be out of the lineup for at least three weeks. Tepus recently was diagnosed with mononucleosis.
"Not having Kyler was a big deal," Taylor said. "Some kids played more than they typically would. Hopefully, when we get to the second half of the league schedule, he’ll be back. That’s the hope."
Point guard Trinny Henderson led Falls with 17 points, mostly on drives to the basket. Henderson scored nine points in the opening period to lead the Black Tigers to an 18-15 lead. Nick Hyder added 11 points for Falls.
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