The Tallmadge boys basketball team improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban League after earning a 55-52 victory over Copley Dec. 10 on the road.
The Indians (0-6, 0-2) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Brandon Chillious' three-point attempt from the top of the key found iron as the buzzer sounded.
The Blue Devils took a 55-52 lead when Colten Stricker canned two free throws in a one-and-one situation with 18.4 seconds left.
Stricker was able to get to the line, thanks to Tallmadge's defense.
With the Blue Devils leading 53-52 with approximately 20 seconds left, Anthony Miller deflected a Copley pass that ended up in the hands of Andrew Francesconi.
Stricker finished with a game-high 28 points for the Blue Devils. He had 17 points in the first half and made 9 of 11 shots from the foul line. Franceseconi added 12 points.
Chillious and Larnell Nealy led Copley with 15 points and Todd Williams added 11 points for the Indians.
Tallmadge lost a 66-50 decision in the junior varsity contest.
For more, see the Dec. 15 edition of the Tallmadge Express.