Boys basketball: Avon shuts down Avon Lake late to notch victory

James Brady
The Chronicle–Telegram

AVON LAKE — Would you expect anything different when Avon and Avon Lake get together?

The Eagles inched closer to the .500 mark by holding the crosstown rival Shoremen scoreless for the final 2:49 to pull out a 46-43 Southwestern Conference win Tuesday night.

Avon improved to 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while Avon Lake fell three games behind league-leading Midview at 6-7, 5-4.

“That was fun. A rivalry game against a good team, it was fun, no doubt about it,” Eagles coach Kevin Sapara said. “Any time in any sport that our two schools match up, it’s gonna be a good battle. It’s a good rivalry and we have a lot of respect.”

The first three quarters featured a bundle of highlights, such as Avon Lake’s Tanner Russell draining three straight 3-pointers in the second period as the Shoremen took a 23-21 halftime lead on a three-point play from Nate Sidloski (11 points) with 27 seconds left.

Avon Lake pushed the lead to its largest of the night at 36-29 late in the third quarter as Russell scored eight of his game-high 19 points, but it was Avon’s Cole Warren (12 points) that set up the last eight minutes of regulation by hitting a 35-foot three at the buzzer to cut the deficit to four.

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