by Jim Manion | Correspondent
Streetsboro -- The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team proved Tuesday night why it is the top seed in the Stow-Munroe Falls Sectional-District tournament.
CVCA (16-2) drilled the first three shots taken, all three-pointers, and never looked back as the Royals cruised to a 75-51 victory over host Streetsboro Feb. 5. The Rockets trailed from the opening basket and managed to cut the deficit to only seven points at one point in the third quarter, but CVCA had all the answers. Most of those answers came in the name of the Peters family.
Royals head coach Jay Peters has a starting lineup that consists of his two sons and a nephew. Bob Peters, a 6-foot-2 senior, is currently the all-time scoring leader for CVCA. At the conclusion of the game, he had 1,255 points in his career.
Peters led four players in double figures with 26, while sophomore brother Mike Peters tossed in 13 points. Caleb Kleibscheidel powered his way to 16 points inside the paint and led the team with 10 rebounds, while Alex Punka scored 12.
Bob Peters opened the game with a three from the corner, then Mike hit another three on the next trip down the floor. Punka then hit a three-pointer from the top of the key for a 9-0 start. Punka was fouled on the next shot in the game and sank both free throws before Bob Peters drilled another three for a 16-0 advantage.
Five turnovers in the first quarter did not help the Streetsboro effort.
"We didn't show up," said Rockets head coach Nick Marcini. "You just can't dig a hole like that to start against a good team like that. They are probably looking for the No. 1 seed and the way they played, they deserve it."
Jordan Matusik and Devin Rencher both hit threes to end the first quarter, but Streetsboro still faced a 22-8 deficit. Matusik, who is the leading scorer for the Rockets, found the basket one more time in the contest and finished with six points.
"Jordan has really been playing well, but they [the Royals] took him out of the game with their defense," said Marcini.
Streetsboro (10-7) managed to outscore CVCA in the second quarter 16-11 and cut its deficit to nine (33-24).
With only 1 minute, 8 seconds left on the third-quarter clock, the Royals committed their first turnover of the game and led 52-36 after three quarters.
CVCA, which earned a 35-33 win in the junior varsity game, finished with only three turnovers.
Paul Jenkins led the Streetsboro attack with 19 points and also had a team-leading five rebounds. Brandon Gency scored 13 points, while Devin Rencher added 10.
"The good thing about this game is now we have seen them and we know how tough they are," said Marcini. "Peters is a special player and they are a good team."