HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: AVON KEEPS SWC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ITSELF THANKS TO WIN OVER OLMSTED FALLS, AVON LAKE LOSS

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    KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Avon High School senior Ryan Bertrand (22) jumps to take a shot as Olmsted Falls High School senior Frank Harr (2) guards him on Friday night, Feb. 24.

AVON — Entering Friday, as many as four teams could have ended up sharing the Southwestern Conference championship.

When the dust settled, Avon stood alone.

The Eagles relied on tight defense, clawing their way to a 46-43 victory against Olmsted Falls and thwart the Bulldogs’ hopes of gaining a piece of the championship.

“It feels amazing,” said Ryan Bertrand, who led the Eagles with 10 points. “We were in the same spot last year and came up one game short. Glad we got it done this year because it feels awesome.”

And even though the nets were all cut down, once it was announced that rival Avon Lake had lost 58-54 to North Olmsted to give Avon the outright title, the celebration only got bigger.

“It’s a surreal feeling and I’m unbelievably proud of our team,” said Avon’s Ben Yurkovich, who hit two free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining to put the Eagles up three.

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