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Wolverines Stay in 1st Place in CVC Chagrin
February 1, 2018 by Brian Lavrich | No Comments

The West Geauga boys basketball team used a dominant fourth quarter to rally and defeat rival Chagrin Falls, 53-51, on Friday night at West Geauga High School.

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The West Geauga boys basketball team used a dominant fourth quarter to rally and defeat rival Chagrin Falls, 53-51, on Friday night at West Geauga High School.

The victory helped the Wolverines remain tied in first place in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division with Beachwood. West G is now 12-3 and 8-2 in the CVC. The Tigers dropped to 9-5, 7-4.

West G coach Jeff Javorek knew the Wolverines didn’t play their best basketball in the first three quarters.

“We were a little sloppy, but we made plays in the end,” Javorek said. “We finally had the lineup we wanted to press and trap.

“We had a slow start. We know they try to play in the forties, but we changed the pace at the end. That really helped us.”

Chagrin Falls coach Dave Bargar agreed that the Wolverines’ pressure proved too much for the Tigers.

“We didn’t handle the pressure very well in the fourth quarter,” Bargar said. “A lot of that was on us. We were not in the right positions, which is on me.

“The floodgates opened a little bit.”

Heading into the fourth quarter, it didn’t look like the Wolverines were headed toward a season sweep of the Tigers as Chagrin Falls led, 43-33.

“We did a good job on the boards,” Bargar said. “We played good basketball for three plus quarters. I don’t want to say you ever feel comfortable, but we were playing well defensively. We were playing good basketball.”

However, the Wolverines outscored the Tigers, 20-8, in the final quarter as the West G defense forced seven Chagrin Falls turnovers. The Tigers managed just two field goals in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers led the entire game until there was just 1:50 left to play when the Wolverines’ Caleb Ramey scored for a 51-49 West G advantage.

The Tigers weren’t done yet, however, as Jenson Yonker scored and easy layup off a nice feed from Mason Bartlett. That tied the game at 51-51 with 56 seconds left to play. Yonker led the Tigers with 12 points and fix rebounds.

Next, the Wolverines got the ball back and Jax Shenkel was fouled. He made both foul shots for a 53-51 advantage with 33.7 seconds left in the game.

“He’s a bulldog,” Javorek said. “He had a couple of big ones.”

The Tigers had one last possession, but never got a shot off as the Wolverine defense finished off an emotional comeback.

Shenkel scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.

“We really wanted this game, but we knew it would be tough,” Shenkel said. “We grinded it out. We stayed after it.”

It wasn’t the first time Shenkel, a senior, hurt the Tigers.

“He’s a good player,” Bargar said. “He doesn’t look to shoot from outside, but he takes it to the basket. He did a really good job, but they have four guys who can score.”

The Wolverines had three players scored 10 points including Carmen Calo, Mark Sexton and Josh Irwin, who also led West G in rebounds with seven.

Adam Bencko added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Tigers while teammate Will DiFiore knocked in 10 points with four rebounds and three assists.


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