CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – Bryon Ottrix Jr. played one of his best games at Cleveland Heights since moving from Glenville last year, and the Tigers scored one of the biggest wins of the boys basketball season against Buchtel on Saturday.
Ottrix led the Tigers, who are in 18th place cleveland.com Top 25 this weekWith 22 points, they held back the ninth-placed Griffins for a 77-73 home win.
Of these, Smith-Johnson added 21 points with 12 rebounds, while his colleague EJ Farmer added 16 points.
Cleveland Heights (5-8) bounced back from a loss on Friday to Shaker Heights, rivals of the Lake Erie League, and kept junior guard Chris Livingston. the top scorer in the region with more than 30 points per game to 19 points. Livingston also had 10 rebounds and six assists, but Buchtel played after a 22-15 run from Heights from behind to start the game.
Travonne Jackson added 12 points for Buchtel (8-2) and Kevin Moore scored 11.
Keyshawn Hall had 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Heights.
No. 3 St. Edward 76, No. 8 Archbishop Hoban 68: Junior Guard Michael Bova scored 21 points, and St. Edward maintained its unbeaten start with a great third quarter.
The Eagles (9-0) followed half behind, but scored a 22-10 lead over Hoban in the third game.
Senior Guard Isaiah Young scored 27 points to lead the Knights, who also received 17 points from newcomer Jonas Nichols.
Mason Lerch helped St. Edward with 14 points while Jair Knight added 10 from the bank.
The Eagles play their third game on three days on Sunday at the Brush against Shaker Heights as part of the Chet Mason Invitational with five games.
No fans are allowed, but Brush will stream the games on their YouTube page. You can find it here.
No. 4 Mentor 100, Benedictine 80: Mentor’s fast-paced game continued one night after that of the Cardinals 90-72 win against Brunswick when Jonah Waag scored 23 points, Luke Chicone delivered 22 and Steven Key II had 19.
Chicone added five assists and seven steals, bringing Mentor a third quarter with 42 points (6-0). Sean Collins scored 10 points and guard Cael Gray had nine points with six assists.
Jalen Brown led Benedictines (1-7) with 36 points. Ja’Wuan Howard had added 13 and London Maiden had added 12.
No. 6 St. Ignatius 71, Villa Angela-St. Joseph 37: The Wildcats (10-4) won their fifth game in a row, outperforming VASJ on the road.
# 12 Solon 59 Twinsburg 41: Senior Guard Marcus Steele scored 28 points and the Comets (5-3) recovered from a road loss in Medina on Friday.
No. 13 Brunswick 68, Berea-Midpark 61: The Blue Devils (9-4) recovered from their road loss at Mentor on Friday.
Avon 52, Hawken 50: Dom Rini scored 15 points, leading the Eagles, who took the lead 15-9 and bounced back in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Siegert added 11 points for Avon (3-5). Dominic Johnson (3-4) led Hawken at 11.
Euclid 80, St. Martin de Porres 47: Jaden Wantons 16 points and 12 rebounds led the Panthers, who also received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Cam Smith.
Clayton Cunningham scored 13 points and Devin Bennings added 11 for Euclid (3-3). DeSean Brown led St. Martin de Porres with 10 points.
Fairport Harding 77, Brooklyn 39: Chris Peoples’ second triple-double in as many nights drove the skippers on.
The peoples finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Dom Trusty added 21 points and Joe Tanker had 16 to lead Fairport (6-5).
Highland 43, Kent Roosevelt 41: Highland returned to a home win in the Suburban League after a six point deficit in the fourth quarter. Rob Huttner led the Hornets with 10 points.
Lake Catholic 72, Harvey 52: Joe Malchesky’s 32 points led Lake Catholic, which also received 25 points on the road from Aidan Fitzgerald.
Hasan Jones II led Harvey with 24 points.
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 68, Gilmour 58: Noah Coyne scored 13 points and Marcus Rowan added 11 to bolster NDCL. Andre Rodgers led Gilmour with 13 points. Ben DeMell and Adisa Molton added 12 each for the Lacners.
Riverside 80, West Geauga 40: Caden Geiger scored 17 points, and Riverside used a 26-8 run in the second quarter to turn the Wolverines off.
Riverside (8-2) also bounced back from a rare loss on Friday to Brush, the leader of the Western Reserve Conference, when Erren Conwell added 14 points and Charlie Fox added 13.
Harrison Wolfhope led West Geauga with 14 points.
Tallmadge 72, Aurora 47: Collin Dixon scored 19 points and Kyle Ries added 13 to lead the Blue Devils to a Suburban League victory. John Ugran approached Aurora with 17 points.
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