Chagrin Falls trailed Beachwood by five early in the third quarter of their CVC Chagrin clash Feb. 10. The Tigers came out of a timeout and got the offense flowing.
A double-figure run put them ahead, and they didn’t look back.
The Tigers took a 67-50 victory, and they moved to 7-12 on the season. Beachwood fell to 5-14.
Both teams found a rhythm from deep early as they combined for 10 3-pointers in the first half. The Bison held a one-point halftime advantage. They pushed the lead to five in the second half before Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar called a timeout.
Bargar made a defensive shift to change the momentum.
“Today the emphasis at the half was that nothing we did defensively was working,” Dave said. “We had to figure out something on that end of the floor. We started in man, trying to blitz the ball screens they were going to but that didn’t work out. So we went back to one of our zones and tweaked it to guarding the high post.”
The team adjusted and clamped down on defense. The Tigers went on a 15-4 run the remainder of the frame and took a six-point lead to the fourth.
A big part of the run was 3-point shooting by Brad Russell and Jacob Kay. They combined for all 11 of Chagrin Falls’ 3-pointers in the contest.
Russell led the way with 22 points and Kay added 17. The pair have embraced creating looks from deep all season.
“We’ve been shooting a little rough recently,” Kay said. “Both of us had a bit of a rough patch for a while. We just needed to get shots up whether it was in practice or warm-ups. Just needed to find a rhythm.”
Chagrin Falls missed its first three 3-pointers in the third quarter. But the pair kept their confidence high and the Tigers finished 5 for 7 the rest of the way. Russell had an 8-0 run of his own in the fourth that pushed the game out of reach.
“We knew that when they went to zone, we were going to have some gaps,” Russell said. “It’s always next man up and finding ways to get it done. That’s been the story all season for us and today it was us from beyond the arc.”
Rusell and Kay’s teammates also contributed, as the Tigers controlled the boards with 32 rebounds and outrebounded the Bison, 19-7, in the second half. Evan Castelluccio and Aiden Beresford led with seven and six rebounds respectively. The Tigers held the Bison without a 3 in the second half, as well.
Chagrin Falls also had 14 assists, with Quinn Bargar leading the way with four. With the Tigers’ injury history, Bargar said they need everyone to contribute.
“We’ve completely flipped the script on the start of the season,” Bargar said. “We moved the ball well against the zone tonight and our guys did a good job of getting the ball to the high post. We ran a few guys to that spot to find the best look, Jacob did a great job from there and created or kicked from there to find the open spot.”
Beachwoood was led by Jaden Koonce with 18 and Daniel Rub with 15.
The Bison step out of conference for a home game against Bedford on Feb. 13. Chagrin Falls hits the road Feb. 13 for a CVC crossover at Perry.
Chagrin Falls 67, Beachwood 50