A sigh of relief filled the air in Cleveland Heights Lutheran East's locker room after Thursday's 58-53 win against Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic in an Ohio boys basketball matchup.
Both teams traded salvos in the final period, but the Falcons had enough offense to deny the Cardinals in the end.
The Falcons' leverage showed as it carried a 46-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
Cleveland Heights Lutheran East's shooting jumped to a 30-25 lead over Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic at the intermission.
The Cardinals started on steady ground by forging a 13-8 lead over the Falcons at the end of the first quarter.