They were extremely competitive.
More so than ever before, as a matter of fact.
Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, they’re still not quite on the defending state champions’ level.
The Tallmadge wheelchair basketball team fell to 11-3 after losing to host Wooster 42-32 Wednesday.
While Blue Devils head coach Thomas Linder doesn’t care for moral victories, he couldn’t help but make an exception for one night.
"In three years, that is the most points we have scored against Wooster," Linder said. "We were within five points until the very end. I am so proud of what our kids were able to do [Wednesday].
"We drew up a new offense on the fly during the game because of what we saw defensively and these players went out and executed it. That's impressive and shows their basketball IQ."
Not surprisingly, Evan Heller, who plans to continue his academic and basketball careers at Auburn (Alabama) University led the way for the Generals. He scored 23 points in the first half for Wooster, which led 25-20 at halftime.
"Even as an opponent, he is fun to watch and I have so much respect for his game, but I'm ready for him to graduate already and move on," Linder said jokingly. "We tweaked our defense from the last time we played them, but Evan was just feeling it and had a great game."
As usual, Isaiah Johnson, Tallmadge’s rock throughout the season, scored a team-high 16 points.
"Isaiah had one of his best games at both ends of the floor," Linder said. "Distributing the ball, shooting and defensively, he put it all together. Isaiah and Brennan Heavilin played the whole game and were simply warriors out there."
Heavilin and Cerafina Currey scored six points apiece and Sammy Blatt added four points for the Blue Devils.