NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Avon started fast and finished strong.
The Eagles came out firing in the opening quarter, hitting hitting eight of their first 13 shots, including four 3-pointers, and cruised to a 71-55 Southwestern Conference win over North Ridgeville on Friday night.
Two of the cogs in Avon’s first-quarter surge were senior Cole Warren, who drilled a pair of threes and junior Niko Pappas, playing in only his fourth game after a late-season football injury, who scored five of his 14 points.
“It helped so much knocking down some early shots. We were all moving the ball and everyone was getting me involved,” said Warren, who finished with a game-high 21 points. “We have really emphasized moving the ball and making it a team effort to get good shots.”
Avon finished the night hitting 28 of 54 (52 percent) shots going 10-of-20 from 3-point range.
North Ridgeville stayed with Avon through most of the first eight minutes, knocking down four of its first six attempts with Bryce Neumann (10 points) and Nate Theus (nine) each nailing 3-pointers.
But the Eagles went on a 10-2 run to finish the quarter with Warren and Brody Sheaves hitting threes and Pappas and Joey Lance scoring baskets for a 21-12 lead.
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