By Jim Manion | Correspondent
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy proved Tuesday night why it could be one of the top seeds in the Stow District Tournament when drawings take place this Sunday.
CVCA (16-2) drilled the first three shots taken, all 3-pointers, and never looked back as the Royals cruised to a 75-51 victory over host Streetsboro. 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 the Royals had all the answers. Most of those answers came in the name of the Peters family.
CVCA 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 Tuesday night's game he has 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 3 from the corner, then Mike hit another 3 on the next trip down the floor. Punka then hit a 3-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 3 for a 16-0 advantage.
Five turnovers in the first quarter did not help the Streetsboro effort.
"We didn't show up," said Streetsboro 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 3s to end the first quarter, but the Rockets still faced a 22-8 deficit. Matusik, who is the leading scorer for the Rockets, would only find the basket one more time in the contest and finished with six points.
"Jordan has really been playing well, but they took him out of the game with their defense," said Mancini.
The Rockets (10-7) did manage to outscore the Royals in the second quarter 16-11 and cut the lead to only nine points at the half, 33-24.
With only 1:08 left on the third-quarter clock, CVCA committed its first turnover of the game and led 52-36 after three quarters. The Royals finished the night with only three turnovers, one of which was an offensive foul.
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 tonight's game is now we have seen them and we know how tough they are," added Mancini. "Peters is a special player and they are a good team. Things don't get any easier next week when we have Poland coming in Tuesday, and then battle for our (PTC Metro Division) championship on Friday. That's what it's all about."
The Rockets trail Norton by one game and meet the Panthers at Norton next Friday. The Rockets travel to Field this Friday night.