TALLMADGE — There were quite a few celebrations Friday at James O. Maddox Court.
The Tallmadge boys basketball team paid tribute to some servicemen and women prior to the game on Military Appreciation Night.
The Blue Devils also witnessed some history as senior wing Brandon Heigelmann scored his 1,000th career point.
When the night ended, though, that delight turned into distress for fans of the blue and gold.
That’s because Tallmadge got thumped by a Suburban League American Conference juggernaut.
Revere improved to 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference after cruising to a 75-52 victory over the Blue Devils, who have lost four of their last five games.
"It was a learning experience for sure," Tallmadge head coach Bill Johnson said. "Our effort is good all the time. It was great [Friday]. We played hard and they played hard and they played physical. You have to match that energy. I thought we did until probably the first minute and a half in the second half."
Both teams struggled mightily on offense in the first 16 minutes. Such a scenario certainly favored the Blue Devils, who dropped to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
The Minutemen play a frenetic pace that can leave opponents in the dust in no time. Therefore, Tallmadge was perfectly comfortable turning the contest into a slugfest.
It worked for awhile.
Nevertheless, Revere led 25-23 at halftime despite its array of shots finding the iron.
"In all honesty, our goal was, we have to put together 32 minutes," Johnson said. "To be able to beat the best team in your league on your home floor, you have to be able to put together 32 minutes. We put together 16 really good ones. We’re just trying to find a way to get that other 16 minutes."
Unlike the first two periods, the Minutemen’s shots didn’t find much iron in the second half. They were particularly lethal in the early stages of the third quarter.
Revere opened the period with a 12-2 run, mainly by attacking the basket and getting fast-break layups off steals. As a result, the Blue Devils burned a couple of timeouts in a span of 90 seconds.
Sadly for Johnson, they didn’t help.
The Minutemen wound up outscoring Tallmadge 35-15 in the period to put the game out of reach.
"We never really recovered from that," Johnson said. "They kind of built on that. They made a lot of shots."
Tallmadge was missing junior point guard Nick Lambacher, who injured his lip during practice Thursday.
Prior to the onslaught, Heigelmann reached his prestigious milestone when he dribbled toward the right side, stopped and then unleashed a long perimeter shot from just inside the 3-point arc late in the first quarter.
Like many of his shots throughout his illustrious career, the shot found nothing but net.
"A thousand points in high school is an awesome accomplishment," Johnson said. "Class act by Revere for letting us stop the game. Brandon has done so much for the program as far as wins go. The last two years, he’s around 700 points."
Six-foot-8 forward Hunter Drenth led the way with a game-high 25 points and junior guards Andrew Rinn and Jimmy Salamone each scored 20 points for Revere.
Senior post player Danny Kurko led the Blue Devils with 13 points and senior guard Luke Thomas added 11 points. Heigelmann scored eight of his 10 points in the opening quarter.
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