AVON HOLDS OFF NORTH RIDGEVILLE TO STAY UNBEATEN

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    Avon Jacob Chasteen goes to hoop over N Ridgeville Jordan King Jan. 10. Steve Manheim

Fred Steiner

The Chronicle-Telegram

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Led by senior forward Ryan Bertrand, Avon’s unbeaten train kept a rolling with a 65-57 Southwestern Conference victory over North Ridgeville — a win that the Eagles had to survive a furious Rangers’ fourth-period comeback in order to keep.

Avon (8-0, 6-0) held a scant 26-23 halftime lead following a rugged and intense half of defensive basketball in which North Ridgeville shot 44 percent on 3-pointers and 42 percent overall.

“I was kind of lost. We didn’t think they’d come out like that. They kind of punched us in the face, but we responded,” Bertrand said. “We just had to put a lot more effort in to the game, move the ball a lot more and not get stagnant on offense.”

After the break, Avon opened the third period on an 8-1 run that included quick 3-pointers by Jacob Chasteen and Jake Parker. From there on out it was all Eagles, who hung a 27-8 quarter on North Ridgeville (3-6, 1-5 SWC), by moving their focus to the inside.

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