LORAIN — A young Lorain team found out Friday just how quickly momentum can shift in a basketball game.
The Titans spent the entire first half building an eight-point lead only to see Cleveland Heights score the first eight points of the third quarter in a span of 1:06 and pull away for an 85-75 Lake Erie League win.
Cleveland Heights (10-6, 9-2) outscored Lorain 26-16 in the third quarter as the Titans found themselves increasingly befuddled by the speed and agility of the Tigers’ defense.
The Titans (8-10, 5-6) hung within two points until early in the fourth quarter, but after Rashod Berry hit a jumper to make the score 69-67, Cleveland Heights answered with a 9-0 run to put the game away.
“From an effort and competitive spirit standpoint we played our butts off tonight,” Lorain coach John Rositano said. “They wore us down tonight. They have four outstanding guards who are highly skilled and relentless. We were shorthanded tonight but Cleveland Heights showed why they are the top team in the league.”
The Titans played without 6-foot-6 junior Devon Andrews, one of their top players. No explanation was given for his absence.
Delaunte Davis scored 18 of his season-high 29 points to lead the Tigers. Jeremy Holmes also scored 18, including three 3-pointers in the pivotal third quarter.
“We’re a team of runs,” Cleveland Heights coach Andy Suttell said. “We came out and created turnovers and scored off of them in the second half to turn the game back in our favor. We were out of our routine today and we were still able to travel an hour away and get the win.”
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district canceled classes Friday due to the frigid temperatures and a decision on the status of the game wasn’t made until midmorning.
Lorain played its best basketball in the first quarter, taking a 23-14 lead on back-to-back
3-pointers from Demon Hisle, who led the Titans with 16 points. Eddie Williamson added 15, Daviere Andrews 12 and Berry 10.
Cleveland Heights also defeated the Titans 73-65 on its home court last month.
Lorain held a 50-31 rebounding edge with Berry leading the way with a game-high 19.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed with another loss but I am excited about the way the kids played tonight and what that means for the future,” Rositano said. “Our goal is playing our best basketball come tournament time and we’re playing hard and practicing hard to get to where we need to be.”
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Cleveland Heights 85, Lorain 75
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS (85): Marcus Bagley 5-2-13, Delaunte Davis 11-6-29, Jeremy Holmes 6-3-18, Logan Jackson 4-2-11, Dondre McDowell 1-0-2, John Kirincic 2-2-8, Romeo Moore 2-0-4. Totals 31-15-85.
LORAIN (74): Daviere Andrews 4-1-12, Eddie Williamson 5-3-15, Demon Hisle 5-2-16, Jaheel Moon 2-0-4, Gerald Howard 3-0-6, Xavier Harrison 2-0-4, Rashod Berry 5-0-10, Nazihar Bohannon 2-4-8. Totals 28-12-75.
Cleveland Heights 17 22 26 20 — 85
Lorain 23 24 16 12 — 75
Three-point goals: Cleveland Heights (Holmes 3, Kirincic 2, Bagley, Davis, Jackson ), Lorain (Hisle 4, Andrews 3). Field goals: Cleveland Heights 31-68 (39 percent), Lorain 28-70 (52 percent). Free throws: Cleveland Heights 14-25 (63 percent), Lorain 12-18 (67 percent). Rebounds: Cleveland Heights 31, Lorain 50. Turnovers: Cleveland Heights 10, Lorain 22. Total fouls: Cleveland Heights 21, Lorain 20. Technical fouls: Holmes, Andrews. Fouled out: Jackson.