-Daniel King 1/17/15
North Ridgeville- In the dog-eat-dog West Shore Conference, you have to be tough-minded to win on the road against a conference title contender. If you want to win on the road against a fellow contender in overtime? Well you have to have John Koz on your side.
The Bay junior guard scored 17 points, including a game tying 3-pointer off of a critical North Ridgeville turnover with less than 10 seconds left in regulation. If that effort wasn’t enough, Koz muscled his way to a game winning bank shot with 1.5 seconds left in overtime to send the Rockets to a 56-54 conference victory and their 8th straight win.
Demario McCall and Jordan Montgomery paced the scoring for the Rangers, adding 15 and 14 points respectively. North Ridgeville found themselves in a 25-15 hole after the first half of play due to a bevy of turnovers. The Rangers were bothered early by the length of Rockets’ senior Rex Sunahara; who swatted several Ranger lay-up attempts in the first quarter. North Ridgeville stormed back in the 3rd quarter thanks to a 24-16 run keyed by Rangers sophomore Colin Sullivan.
The Rangers cooled off in the 4th quarter and overtime period, ultimately succumbing to the clutch play of Koz. The Rockets improve to 5-2 in the conference play, and 8-3 overall. Bay will play Normandy this week in an out of conference match up. The Rangers fall to 4-3 in conference play, and 8-5 overall. North Ridgeville will also step out of conference this week to face Amherst Steele.