Streetsboro boys hoops team's season ends at Tallmadge

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The Streetsboro boys basketball team's season came to a heartbreaking end.

The Rockets lost a 41-39 decision to Tallmadge in a Division II sectional title game March 1 at Tallmadge High School's James O. Maddox Court.

Tallmadge (14-9) scored the last 11 points of the game.

The Rockets scored their final points with 6 minutes, 25 seconds left when Devin Rencher converted a layup off the dribble.

The Blue Devils, who were trailing 39-30 at the time, did the rest.

Streetsboro had five turnovers, including a some costly ones down the stretch, in the fourth quarter.

Tallmadge took advantage and when Nate Bickar buried a 3-pointer from the left side, the game was tied at 39 with 1:10 left.

Andrew Francesconi made two foul shots to make it 41-39 with 3.4 seconds left.

The Blue Devils then forced a turnover and Francesconi went to the line again with 2.5 remaining.

Francesconi missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, but Daniel Sapp's heave from near the midcourt line went wide as the buzzer sounded.

While Tallmadge scored critical baskets when it counted, it went frigid in the third quarter.

Streetsboro (15-8) took control with a 13-0 run in the second half to take a 39-30 advantage.

Francesconi led the Blue Devils with a game-high 22 points and Bickar finished with 10 points.

Daniel Sapp led the Rockets with 10 points and Rencher and Paul Jenkins each added eight points for Streetsboro, which trailed 26-21 at halftime.

For more, see the March 5 edition of the Streetsboro Gateway News.

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