Cleveland Heights used a stellar defensive effort to push past LEL rival Garfield Heights, 46-41, on Jan. 14.
The Tigers trailed by two entering the fourth quarter, but held the visiting Bulldogs to 7 points over the final 8 minutes to pick up the win.
Davon Smith-Johnson continued his strong season with a game-high 16 points. E.J. Farmer added 11 points and Keyshawn Hall chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds.
Heights bounced back from a tough 1-point loss to Lorain and overcame a 9-point third-quarter deficit and 19 turnovers to improve to 4-5 on the season.
“Last night gave us a great test of our character and will to fight through adversity. I think it was a good stepping stone for us being able to come away with the win. Getting down 9 in the third quarter we easily could have threw the towel in, but we continued to stay together and fight and came away with the W,” Cleveland Heights coach J.R. Bremer said.
The game was a late addition to the schedule for both teams. They will face off again at Garfield Heights on Jan. 26.