BY TIMOTHY W. SHIRER SPORTS EDITOR Anyone who lives in Northeast Ohio on the east side of Cleveland knows the rivalry between the Eastlake North Rangers and the Willoughby South Rebels is about as good as it gets in high school sports.
On Friday night at the Willoughby South Gym another chapter in the boys basketball part of the history book was written. In this chapter the North Rangers came out on top 60-55 in a hard fought battle.
The first period of the game was just like the rivalry, a battle and a close one at that. The game was close game but low scoring after one period. One reason for the 12-11 score in favor of North after one period was turnovers as the Rebels turned the ball over five times and North was not much better as they turned it over four times in the opening period.
The second period was decisive for both teams. For North they had their best quarter of the night scoring 21 points. For South it was not as good as the Rebels only managed nine points in the second. The second period proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back as the Rangers led the Rebels 33-20 at the intermission.
Rangers senior Kyle Holzheimer led all scorers in the first half with 12 points. Holzheimer normally a defensive presence for the Rangers was having a nice shooting night, shooting five of six from the field in the first half.
Senior Jalen Jones and junior Kareem Hunt led the Rebels in scoring at halftime with seven points each.
South made some offense adjustments at the half and tightened their defense considerably in the third period. The results of the adjustments showed on the scoreboard as the third period came to an end. The Rebels outscored the Rangers 15-9 to cut into the Rangers lead making it 42-35 when the buzzer sounded end the third period.
The fourth period was even more of a battle then the first three, the problem was South could never recover enough from the bad second period. It seemed as like every time South did something good in the final period, North came right back to do the same. North, basically iced the game at the free throw line. North made eight of fifteen free throws in the second half, while South converted on four of seven. South cut the game to seven points on two consecutive three point shots by junior Harry Chakirelis with 2:35 left in the game. But North was able to hold off the Rebels who hit the last shot to make the final score 60-55.
South's Jalen Jones led all scorers in the losing effort with 18 points. Senior Drew Schaller also chipped in with 11 for South. North had for players in double figures led by Holzheimer with 16. Senior Dylan Contento had 11 points as did Paul Lang. All of Lang's points came in the second half, including three 3 point shots. Zach Rittenbery also reached double figures for the Rangers with ten points.
With the win the Rangers move into a first place tie with the Rebels at 8-2 in the Premier Athletic Conference. The Rangers are 9-3 overall and the Rebels fall to 9-6.
The Rangers will be in action next against the Mayfield Wildcats at Mayfield on Tuesday at 7:30. The Rebels next game will also be on Tuesday at 7:30 at St. Edwards to take on the Eagles.
North and South will meet in another showdown at Eastlake North High School on February 17. email@example.com or follow Tim on Twitter @timothyshirer POSTED 01/21/2012 02:24
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