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Cleveland Heights boys outlast Shaker Heights 52-43 at the Great Lakes Classic

Cleveland Heights , Ohio — Cleveland Heights was the scene for this highly anticipated Great Lakes Classic matchup. Cleveland Heights came out of the conference matchup on top.

The game opened up really slow as neither team could score over ten points in the first quarter. 

Mike Lewandowski got the game’s first basket before Jace Griffin responded with his own. 

Back to back threes from Lewandowski and Braylyn Irby gave Heights a 9-3 lead around the four minute mark. 

Shaker responded with a quick 7-0 run of their own. 

The quarter ended with a floater at the buzzer for Trevor McPherson. Heights led 14-10.

In the second quarter the Tigers started to find their rhythm from three. Iyan Bremer knocked down two back to back and Irby hit one as well. 

At the six minute mark Heights led 23-14. Lewandowski knocked down another at the five minute mark to push the lead to 26-16. 

After baskets from both teams Heights ended the half up 32-23.

In the third Heights started to slow down and Shaker just hung around with them. 

Bremer started off the quarter with another three for Heights. They didn’t score again until the three minute mark with a layup from Bremer followed by a bucket from Carter Armstrong. Heights led 37-25.

Shaker continued to fight, Quinn Coggins made a three with about 1:30 left in the quarter. Shaker trailed 42-31 at that point. The quarter ended with Heights leading 42-31. 

Shaker stayed resilient starting out the quarter with a three point play from Isaiah Travlee.

Heights got going with a bucket from Jay’Quan Stubbs followed by a free throw from Lewandowski. 

Kaden Aaron responded with an assist to a basket from Jerith Eaddy. Shaker trailed 47-39 with three minutes to go.

Aaron scored a basket with about two minutes to go, cutting the lead. After that, baskets and free throws from Lewandowski closed the deal. 

The Tigers ended the game victorious winning 52-43.

I asked Cleveland Heights head coach JR Bremer about his teams performance.

“We showed Grit, we showed resilience," said Bremer. "That’s what we wanna be known for playing hard, playing aggressive  … getting the speed of the game to go up.”

The Cleveland Heights Tigers will be back in action against Medina at home December 8th at 7:30 PM.


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