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One by one, they found nothing but the bottom of the net.
And such a sight was a painful one for the Cuyahoga Falls boys basketball team.
Host Stow continued its recent mastery over the Black Tigers after earning a convincing 62-44 victory over their Suburban League National Conference archrivals Jan. 6 at James G. Tyree Gymnasium.
Falls tried to play a slow tempo early in the game, which seemed to throw the Bulldogs off a bit.
But Stow's sluggish start turned out to be astonishingly brief.
And of course, the Bulldogs (6-2, 5-0) also had Logan Lindsay on their side.
The senior guard buried three 3-pointers in the first seven-plus minutes to give Stow a 14-2 lead.
Lindsay drained eight 3-pointers during the evening and finished with a game-high 24 points.
Despite Lindsay's early onslaught, the Black Tigers cut their deficit to seven (19-12) early in the second quarter after a bucket by senior center Troy Tofil.
Unfortunately, Falls lost the ball on its next three possessions and Stow was off and running again.
The Bulldogs responded with a 12-0 run and didn't look back the rest of the way.
Junior point guard Coryon Rice added 9 points and 3 steals and sophomore forward Evan Bainbridge scored 8 points and finished with a game-high 13 rebounds for Stow. Junior forward Mason McMurray also had 8 points for the Bulldogs.
Stow had a 27-23 edge on the glass.
Tofil and Ka'Von Gainer each had 10 points for the Black Tigers.