It started well.
And then it fell apart rather rapidly.
The host Tallmadge boys basketball team fell to 6-10 after losing to Boardman 71-49 Friday at James O. Maddox Court.
The Blue Devils led 20-17 after the first eight minutes, but the Spartans (15-1) took control from there. Boardman outscored Tallmadge 38-18 in the middle two quarters.
"We really executed well early," Blue Devils head coach Bill Johnson said. "We handled their pressure and got great looks. We also defended well and made them take tough shots."
Derrick Anderson scored a game-high 28 points for the Spartans and Tommy Fryda and Ethan Andersen added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Boardman, which ended the first half with a 12-1 run to take a 34-26 lead at halftime.
"We hung around for awhile, but they made some shots and it got to 15 most of the third," Johnson said. "They are really good at what they do. They wear you down with their pressure."
Kyle Ries led Tallmadge with 14 points and Brandon Heigelmann and Danny Kurko contributed 12 and nine points, respectively, for the Blue Devils.
"I’m proud of the way we competed," Johnson said. "That was high-level high school basketball and we really showed how good we can be."