by Sara Welch | Correspondent
Mogadore -- The Streetsboro boys basketball team squeaked out a 53-50 win against the Field Falcons Feb. 8 in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division matchup.
With the win, the Rocklets set themselves up for a championship showdown against Norton Feb. 15 on the road. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m
Norton improved to 16-3 overall and 11-1 in the Metro Division after earning a 65-52 victory over Crestwood Feb. 8.
"Since we dropped those two games early on, we knew that three losses in the league wouldn't win a championship and we had to win out," Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini said.
"We've been treating each game since then like a championship game. We put ourselves in position. Now we just have to go out and take it."
Streetsboro (11-7, 10-2) took an early lead of 7-0 lead, but Field fought back within four points before the end of the first quarter.
The Falcons opened the second quarter with a three-point basket from Zach Church and continued to match all of the Rockets' baskets until the halftime break.
Field's defensive stand prevented Streetsboro's offense from getting comfortable enough to gain a substantial lead through the course of the game. Brandon Gency proved to be the Falcons' only kryptonite in the second half.
Gency scored 10 of Streetsboro's 12 points in the third quarter and added another eight points in the fourth period. Gency finished as the high scorer with 26 points and led the Rockets in rebounds with nine.
The Falcons trailed 36-32 going into the fourth quarter, but they managed to cut the deficit to one point with 38 seconds left in the game.
After an empty Streetsboro possession, Field had the ball.
But Jordan Matusik recovered a loose ball and drew a foul, sending him to the charity stripe in the bonus.
Matusik made two foul shots, putting the Rockets ahead by three points that the Falcons wouldn't be able to match in the final 16 seconds of regulation.
"He stepped up and made a couple big ones," Marcini said. "We needed him. The fact that we were in that position is a little discouraging right now, but that's what you need out of your seniors.
"Jordan's shots weren't falling and Brandon's were, but Jordan came through when we needed him at the end."
Matusik had 13 points and five assists. Paul Jenkins nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, matching Gency as the team leader on the boards.
Macklin Coleman lead the Falcons with 12 points and eight rebounds. Austin Sparks contributed 10 points for Field.
The Rockets earned a 40-30 win in the junior varsity contest. Ethan Flick led Streetsboro with 12 points.
Streetsboro received the sixth seed at the Stow-Munroe Falls Division II sectional-district tournament Feb. 10.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy earned the first seed. Akron Buchtel received the second seed and Akron East earned the third seed. Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin received the fourth seed.
The Rockets earned a first-round bye. They are scheduled to play the Akron East-Pepper Pike Orange winner in a sectional title contest March 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Streetsboro was scheduled to host Poland Seminary Feb. 12. Results were not available at press time.
The Rockets are set to visit Macedonia to play Nordonia Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.