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CVCA boys cruise past Streetsboro

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: March 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Putting on a clinic, the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys team cruised to victory in the sectional opener.

Host CVCA ran off to an incredible 24-0 spurt in the second quarter as the fifth-seeded Royals beat sixth-seeded Streetsboro 65-36 in the Stow-Munroe Falls Division I sectional game Feb. 28.

Fresh off a perfect 14-0 mark in the Principal's Athletic Conference, CVCA moved to 18-5 with the win. That set up a sectional championship test on the road March 3 at Woodridge, but results weren't available as of press time.

A win would push CVCA to the district semifinals at Stow where third-seeded Cleveland Central Catholic looms. Woodridge was 21-1 prior to the sectional final and was seeded second behind Cleveland Benedictine.

Earlier in the year, CVCA beat Streetsboro in a 47-45 battle and had another 2-point game in a tough loss to Woodridge at the Cuyahoga Falls Classic.

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"The guys just want to keep playing," said CVCA mentor Jay Peters, after the win over the young Rockets (14-9).

Streetsboro canned four 3-pointers in the first period that saw the Rockets use an 11-1 run to grab a 14-10 lead when Will Butler hit a triple.

That came after Rocket junior guard Braden Tucker nailed his lone field goal -- a 3-point bomb on a dish from guard Keshun Jones to put Streetsboro up 11-10 at the 1:26 mark.

It didn't last long for the Rockets.

Tireless team defense held Jones, a 22-point scorer, to just 12 points, plus shut down 6-foot-5 freshman Nehemiah Benson (five points) and held Tucker seven points under his average.

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"Absolutely our energy and help defense were very good," said Peters. "I think the kids take pride in our defense and take comfort in our style of play. They have bought into what we are teaching."

CVCA, which did not have a turnover until 1:06 left in the first half, was dominant in the spurt as seniors Steven Taylor (guard), forward Ryan Foguth, guard Elijah Turner, forward Nate Stull, and guard Chris Fair competed on both ends.

Juniors Hudson Hall (two points and strong defense) and Elijah Payne (six points, four rebounds) also excelled off the bench.

Taylor, a 6-foot-1 guard, was all over the place with 19 points, seven boards, five assists, one steal, and one blocked shot.

The energetic Taylor nailed four 3-pointers and was 5-of-6 at the free throw line.

Just as active, Foguth put together 17 points, seven boards, four feeds and was 4-4 at the stripe with one triple.

"Our seniors have done great as Steven, Ryan and Elijah Turner have done great through some ups and down this year," noted the mentor. "They enjoy playing basketball together."

Turner was exceptional as he shut down Jones. He had nine points, had some big post up moves, grabbed 10 rebounds, handled the ball, and had two thefts.

Stull, who was seen diving head first on the court when CVCA had a 26-point lead in the second half, added eight points and strong defense.

Fair, just 5-11, battles in the paint often and is very physical. He added strong defense, two points, three rebounds, and one assist.

"Chris Fair has done a great job with his role as has Nate Stull," Peters stressed. "They do so much for us that doesn't show up in the papers."

As CVCA easily handled the Rockets full court pressure, the Royals showed constant movement in its half court sets and thrived in transition sharing the ball to the point that CVCA had nine assists and only one turnover in the first half.

Another area that CVCA dominated was on the glass (33-13 edge) and the hosts had only seven turnovers.

Streetsboro's first offensive rebound of the game came in the final minute of the third quarter.

Junior Terrell Hicks added a hoop for CVCA while junior Jeff Thacker had an assist.

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