It has been quite a struggle for the Tallmadge boys basketball team throughout the season.
All was quite well Friday, though.
The Blue Devils improved to 7-11 overall and 4-6 in the Suburban League American Conference after earning a convincing 61-45 victory over host Copley Friday.
"I couldn’t be prouder of our guys for the way they back from Tuesday at Kent [a 51-33 loss]," Tallmadge head coach Bill Johnson said. "We had two great days of practice and their resilience was awesome. We executed so well on both ends of the floor.
"It says a lot about a team to come back from the way we did Tuesday. I can’t say enough about the entire squad and their attention to detail the last two days. It was a great win for us."
Brandon Heigelmann led the Blue Devils with 18 points and Danny Kurko scored 14 points for Tallmadge. Kyle Ries added eight points for the Blue Devils, who led 31-23 at halftime.
"Brandon was tremendous," Johnson said. "He made great decisions. He passed when he needed to and shot when he needed to.
"Danny was as good as he could be on both ends. He finished and defended. Luke Thomas and Kyle Ries were just great [Friday]. They played so hard and created opportunities offensively.
"Kyle was completely under control and we wouldn’t have won without him [Friday]."
Ethan Taylor and Ty Hurst made some critical shots from long range to put the Indians on their heels.
"Every time they seemed to make a little run, we answered," Johnson said.
Tallmadge’s defense played a pivotal role in the win.
"We played zone and tried to keep them from getting into the paint," Johnson said. "They shot a lot of outside shots, which we wanted and we did a fantastic job of rebounding the ball."
Johnson also had praise for his two primary ball-handlers, Nick Lambacher and Hurst.
"Nickand Ty really did an unreal job handling the ball and controlling our offense," Johnson said. "They got us into everything we needed."