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Following a two-game winning streak, the Nordonia High School boys basketball team dropped its next two games recently. Both games were against Suburban League National Division opponents.
The first of those two games was against North Royalton on the road Feb. 14. Despite the fact it was Valentine's Day, there wasn't much to love against the Bears. That's because North Royalton hung a 70-39 defeat on the Knights.
The Bears smothered Nordonia in the first quarter, setting the pace by outscoring the Knights 19-2 during the period. North Royalton then extended its lead to 39-12 by intermission.
The two teams played relatively even in the second half. The Bears outscored the Knights 16-11 in the third stanza. Then Nordonia edged North Royalton 16-15 in the final frame.
A lot of players saw action for the Knights. In fact, 10 of those players cracked the scoring column. Sophomore guard Evan Wiehe led the way for Nordonia. He was the only Knight to reach double figures, scoring 11 points.
In addition, junior forward Ben Broscheid tallied six points, senior guard Mike Piotrowski posted five points, and sophomore guard Julius Jones contributed four markers. Sophomore guard Steve Barnes and sophomore guard/forward Jordan Jones accounted for three points apiece, and three Knights added two points each.
Those three were senior forward Luke Alders, sophomore guard Robby Levak, and junior forward Tye Evans. Sophomore guard Gabe Byrd rounded out the scoring for Nordonia with one point.
On Feb. 17, Nordonia visited division nemesis Twinsburg. The Knights gave the Tigers a serious run for their money, but Twinsburg ultimately prevailed. The Tigers clipped the Knights by the score of 56-52.
With those two losses, Nordonia's overall record slipped to 4-16. The Knights also sport a mark of 2-10 in the National Division of the Suburban League.
Nordonia will wrap up the regular season Feb. 24, against division nemesis Wadsworth at home. It will be Senior Night for the Knights. As a result, Piotrowski, Alders, and forward Ryan Smith will be honored prior to the contest.
On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Division I district Tournament Draw was held at Copley High School. As a result of that draw, Nordonia received the 11th seed for the upcoming tournament.
The Knights will open the postseason March 1 against Cuyahoga Falls at home at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to play Medina March 4.
The top four seeds in the tournament are Hoban, Medina, Brunswick, and Stow-Munroe Falls.
Stow currently sits atop the National Division standings with a record of 11-1. Wadsworth is in second place with a ledger of 11-2.