BATH — Senior Night turned into a grand success Friday night for Revere boys basketball players Chris Richardson, Samson Albert and Sean Leyden.
The three seniors concluded the regular season with a 72-61 win over Tallmadge, and afterwards joined their teammates by climbing up a ladder and trimming a piece of the net from a basket to celebrate a Suburban League-American Conference championship.
Revere (18-4, 11-1) actually clinched the SLAC title two weeks ago with an 81-61 win at Aurora. The Minutemen then played nonleague games away from home before meeting Tallmadge (10-12, 6-6).
“This was a big night,” said Richardson, a 6-foot-5 guard who scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds, five assists and a block before a capacity crowd of 1,564.
“We wanted to come out here and play with motivation and go all out for Senior Night.”
Hunter Drenth, a 6-8 junior forward, scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot for Revere.
“This is the second time for me cutting down the nets [to celebrate a SLAC title] and it is a blessing,” Drenth said. “I will miss the seniors. I love sharing this moment with them.”
Junior Brandon Heigelmann led Tallmadge with 28 points and junior Daniel Kurko had 16 points and seven rebounds. Senior Sam Seeker contributed eight points and six assists.
The Blue Devils were short-handed with senior Sean Ambrose sidelined with an ankle injury and senior Nick Hussing playing limited minutes due to the flu.
“That is a great high school environment,” Tallmadge coach Bill Johnson said. “I am glad that our kids got to experience that and it definitely gets you ready for the tournament. … Our guys played their butts off.”
Revere led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, but Tallmadge rallied to lead 34-32 at halftime. Heigelmann made two 3-pointers, a jumper, a layup and a two-hand slam dunk in the second quarter.
Revere took control in the third quarter with Drenth scoring 10 points, Richardson scoring seven points, sophomore Jimmy Salamone swishing two 3-pointers and junior Grant Scherler dropping in a layup to take a 57-49 lead.
The Revere lead reached 66-51 with 4:15 to go in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by sophomore Andrew Rinn, a layup by Richardson and two layups by Drenth.
“We came out in the second half focused and wanting to win,” Drenth said. “We played with more energy.”
Salamone finished with 12 points, Scherler had nine points and eight rebounds and Albert had six assists.
“These three seniors have met so much to our program,” Revere coach Dean Rahas said. “I have been watching these guys since they were in third grade. When I saw them at that age, I thought we could do something special when they got to high school and they have delivered. … This is our fourth league championship in the past nine years and these guys want more.”
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.