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A hard-working defense and hustle on both ends of the court paid dividends for the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball in a crucial league win over archrival Manchester.
CVCA lengthened its lead in the Principals Athletic Conference thanks to a 13-3 fourth quarter advantage with a 49-38 home win over the Panthers.
Prior to the Feb. 1 game against Indian Valley, CVCA was 9-0 in the PAC, while Manchester (9-7) fell to 5-3.
Head coach Jay Peters had a balanced attack as his team is at full strength.
Senior guard Steven Taylor led the Royals with 14 points. The 6-foot-1 Taylor also snagged seven rebounds.
Forward Ryan Foguth had a strong outing as he had 13 points, hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds and the senior dished out four assists.
Junior forward Hudson Hall also was impressive as he had 10 points and four boards.
Seniors Nate Stull, Elijah Turner, and Chris Fair also contributed. Stull and Turner each netted four points, Fair had two, and junior Elijah Payne also had two points.
Manchester was paced by lead guard Jo Jo France, who had 21 points.
CVCA also posted a PAC home victory Jan. 25 over Orrville by the score of 66-33. Taylor poured in 18 points in the win to lead the Royals.
Foguth had a superb game as he registered 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists.
Payne had possibly his best game in his first year as the Manchester transfer had 13 points and dished out four assists against the Red Riders.
Junior post Terrell Hicks added five points and three boards while Fair had three points and dished out three assists.
Hall added two points and four rebounds and Stull had two points as did junior forward Eric Mathews, junior post Ben Watterson, and sophomore forward Amil Stikes-Jenkins.