Stow-Munroe Falls outlasts archrival Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball team in triple overtime

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Two games, two points.

The Stow-Munroe Falls boys basketball team avenged a loss earlier in the season with a 58-57 triple-overtime victory over Cuyahoga Falls Feb. 5 on the road.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 9-9 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division. The Black Tigers dropped to 11-6 overall and 2-3 in the division.

Falls led by as many as 12 (28-16) with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Stow, which lost a 35-34 decision to the Black Tigers earlier in the season, took a 58-57 lead when Jacob Williams got a pass from Tyler DeVitis and drained a three-pointer from the right side of the court with 11.4 seconds left in the third overtime period.

Falls got the ball past halfcourt and quickly called time-out. After the time-out, the Black Tigers had a couple of shots near the basket. But Falls could not convert as time expired.

Williams also buried two free throws with .2 left in the first overtime. Those shots tied the game at 52.

Williams finished with a team-high 14 points for the Bulldogs. Matt Beech, who fouled out with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter, finished with 13 points for Stow and teammate Nathan Bower-Malone added 12 points.

Henry Shaw, who scored the game-winning basket in the first encounter between the two teams, led the Black Tigers with a game-high 20 points. Josh Ricker added 16 points for Falls, which made 17-of-24 foul shots. The Bulldogs converted 8-of-13 from the line and outrebounded the Black Tigers 27-21. Bryan Ritchie had nine rebounds for Stow.

For more, see the Feb. 10 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press.

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