Tiger boys fall to Bulldogs

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published:

With 1:30 left and trailing by four to powerful Garfield Heights, the Twinsburg boys basketball team had a chance to close the gap.

However, the Tigers couldn't find the bottom of the net.

Host Twinsburg fell 66-58 to the talented Bulldogs in a crucial non-league contest, but it took 10 3-pointers by Garfield Heights to oust the stubborn Tigers.

"We had our chances, but they [Garfield Heights] are just a very good team," said Pacsi, as his club fell to 10-3 overall and had a seven-game win streak snapped.

Thanks to the 10 triples and some diverse scoring, Garfield Heights moved to 12-2 overall.

Twinsburg had the ball when they trailed by four points late, but the shot didn't drop and the Bulldogs answered to push the lead to six. Twinsburg never got any closer.

"We did a lot of good things and I'm proud of how the guys played, but the kids were still disappointed with the outcome," said Pacsi.

It was a close game throughout and while Twinsburg defended Al Burge and 6-11 post David Bell very well, the Bulldogs had answers on offense.

Burge entered with a 14-point average and was held without a field goal as he finished with only one converted free throw.

Richard Parker made seven treys and poured in 22 points while guard Robbie Hurst added 21 points. Willie Jackson, a 6-5 forward and one of the top underclassmen in Ohio, scored 10 points along with Bell.

"The guys did a tremendous job on Burge and Bell (who scored the first four points of the game)," explained Pacsi. "It's hard to get back on defense against all of their athletes."

As for Parker, who buried three straight triples from NBA range in the third period, Pacsi commented, "We knew he could shoot. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat as those were some deep threes."

Senior post A.J. Edwards was outstanding. He had 18 points and snagged 12 rebounds while playing against Bell and Company in the paint.

Point guard Jalen Washington also was strong although his shoulder is still tender. The senior had 13 points and handed out six feeds.

Junior guard Tallin Johnson showed his ability by popping in 12 points. Junior Sean Marable added eight points, senior Cooper Rea had seven, and junior Marcus Wallace added strong defense and helped out on the glass.

"I thought we moved the ball around well and shared," said Pacsi. "Our seven-man player rotation worked hard."

After non-league road games at Revere on Jan. 29 and at Brunswick on Feb. 1, the Tigers start the second round of league action at Solon on Feb. 5.

Twinsburg is 4-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division and meets unbeaten Lyndhurst Brush on Feb. 8 and plays Feb. 12 at Cuyahoga Falls.

Pacsi was also happy with a team trip on Jan. 20 to compete in the second annual Laricca's See Them Rise Showcase at the Youngstown Covelli Centre.

The Tigers game against Kiski Prep (Pa.) was considered an exhibition game since the Saltsburg, Pa. school is a private post graduate school.

Twinsburg had to play Kiski, which featured two seven-footers and several college prospects, due to a late scheduling move and the team bonded on the long bus drive and took part in a team dinner.

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