The Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball team split two games over the past week, but hurt their title hopes in the Northeast Ohio Conference's River Division.
On Jan. 4, the Black Tigers lost at Twinsburg 77-57 in a game that got away from Falls in the fourth quarter. The Black Tigers were outscored 24-10 in the final eight minutes.
The Black Tigers were tied with Twinsburg 16-16 after the first quarter and trailed 29-28 at halftime and 53-45 before the Tigers took over in the final quarter.
Angelo Cugini led all scorers with 20 points, Josh Ricker had 17 points, Devin Speicher had nine, Henry Shaw had four, Jay Slone had two and Matt Lawrence had one.
The Tigers got 18 points from Jalen Washington, and 16 points each from Cooper Rea, A.J. Edwards and Tay Johnson.
The Black Tigers are 1-2 in the River Division of the NOC, with Brush in first place at 3-0 and both Twinsburg and Hudson are 2-1.
On Jan. 8, the Black Tigers traveled to Copley, the site of the Division I sectional-district tournament. Falls defeated the host Indians 44-42 to improve the team's overall record 6-4.
Falls trailed 12-3 at the end of the first quarter, but turned it around by holding the Indians to just two points in the second quarter and led 17-14 at the half.
Copley kept it close and trailed 27-26 but took a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.
But the Black Tigers came back to pull off the win in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
Ricker, who had three three-point shots, led the Black Tigers with 16 points, Cugini finished with 13 points, Speicher had seven, Slone five and Lawrence three.
Jayin Tyler led the Indians with 18 points and Kenny Paramore had eight.
The Black Tigers were set to host Solon Jan. 11, but results were not available at press time.
On Jan. 15, Falls will travel to Kent Roosevelt. Varsity tip time is set for 7:30 p.m.