CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team did just what coach Jay Peters wanted Friday night.
CVCA played its four-guard offense with one post player. The Royals shared the ball with precise passes and played cohesively as a unit defensively.
The Royals’ effort and skill allowed Peters and his staff to have an easy night on the sideline during a 57-25 victory over visiting Manchester.
Junior Mike Peters guided CVCA (7-1, 4-0 Principals Athletic Conference) with 17 points and eight rebounds, and senior Marty Lee added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
“We used our matchup zone a lot to disrupt the flow of their offense,” said Mike Peters, a 6-foot guard. “They like to push the ball. Using our matchup zone slowed them down, and we controlled the pace for most of the second half.”
CVCA’s tallest player Friday was 6-2 senior Andre Harris. The Royals used their speed to build a 25-15 halftime lead and then outscored the Panthers (3-5, 3-3) in the second half 32-10.
“We are just scrappy,” Mike Peters said. “You look at us on paper and we are not really the biggest team, but everybody makes up for that with their grit and their hustle. I like how everyone really gets after it.”
Senior Terry Moorer (two points, six assists), junior Jeff Britton (seven points) and senior Maurice Dorrell (four points) played solid for CVCA as starters. Sophomore Nate Peters (nine points) and senior Akil Brazier (three points) contributed key minutes as reserves.
“Defensively, we are getting better,” Jay Peters said. “We are not great, but we are getting better. We are doing things nice here and there. We are not huge, obviously, by any stretch of the imagination. Playing team defense is important in terms of five guys doing the same thing and helping each other out. We are getting really good at that in spots. When we get good at that for 32 minutes, then I think we will see some really good things.”
CVCA put the game away by outscoring Manchester 16-1 in the third quarter and then extended its advantage in the fourth quarter.
“I thought it was going to be a lot closer than it was,” said Lee, a 5-foot-10 guard. “We came out here and worked hard and everybody did their job.
“Everybody goes out there and gives it their all.”
Junior Pavin Parks and senior Spencer Wess both scored five points for Manchester.
CVCA played without 6-3 junior guard Luke Peters for the seventh game in a row. He suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in November and had surgery two weeks ago.
“Luke got injured in a defensive drill in practice,” Jay Peters said. “He played in the first game against Woodridge [on Dec. 3], but he was having too much pain and it was swelling up on him. He went and got it checked out.
“We hope he can come back. He is three, maybe four weeks away from playing. It just depends on how he can run and stuff like that.”
Mike Peters and Luke Peters both started on last year’s CVCA team that won a Division II district championship and was a regional semifinalist.
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