Fast start leads Black Tiger boys past Revere

by Jim Isabella | Correspondent Published:

Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball is showing a lot character and talent as the season progresses.

The Black Tigers are having their best season in years, improving to 9-4 overall after having the weekend off.

On Jan. 22, Falls defeated visiting Revere 67-44 in a non-league game.

What has been learned is this team can score in bunches and not let a game get away when another team rallies. Call it maturity or the longevity of this group of players having been together since grade school, but the Black Tigers now expect to win and know how to do it.

In this game, the Black Tigers got off to a 10-2 run in the first quarter, with the scoring binge beginning with a three-point shot from Angelo Cugini.

The 6-foot-7 center and transfer from St. Vincent-St. Mary played big, as he was the leading scoring with 24 points as well as the leading rebounder for the Black Tigers with 10 rebounds.

The early lead did not hold up as the teams were tied at 12-12 at the end of the first quarter and Falls took a 25-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Finally in the third quarter, Falls got up on the youthful Minutemen. The Black Tigers outscored Revere 20-10 to take a 45-32 lead and finished off Revere with a 22-12 fourth quarter advantage.

One of the keys for the Black Tigers was rebounding. Falls has a 25-12 advantage on the boards and the defense forced the Minutemen into 21 turnovers to discourage Revere, which only scored 22 points in the second half.

Cugini and Josh Ricker each had two three-point shots and Devin Speicher also hit a trey as Falls hit five lone distance shots.

Speicher finished the game with 13 points, Ricker had 10 points and Henry Shaw had 10 points.

Falls was set to get back in action with a trip to Parma Jan. 25. The Black Tigers play Jan. 29 at Barberton and host North Royalton Feb. 1.

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