Hilltoppers Edge Huskies in 64-62 Overtime Thriller
January 13, 2022 by Staff Report

Jake Bean scores 30 points for Cardinal

Chardon's Nathanael Sulka scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Nathan Tager drilled a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the game that helped Chardon avoid an upset at home to a smaller Cardinal Huskies basketball team.

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Chardon’s Nathanael Sulka scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Nathan Tager drilled a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the game that helped Chardon avoid an upset at home to a smaller Cardinal Huskies basketball team.

Chardon started the season at 3-0 after the 64-62 overtime victory, erasing a 12-point deficit when the Hilltoppers ended the game on a 24-10 run.

Tager finished the game with nine points, including the game winning 3.

“I was kind of cold the whole night, I was kind of hesitant at first, “ Tager said. “But I shot it and it went in.”

Jake Bean, who led the Huskies with 30 points, including 22 in the second half, hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the game to put the Huskies back on top 62-61.

“I was yelling after the shot went in — get back on defense! get back on defense!” head coach Jon Cummins said. “I knew there was a lot of time left on the clock.”

The Huskies had trailed 36-29 early in the second half, but used the hot shooting of Bean, as well as a crushing zone defense, to put together a 23-6 run.

“The zone, its hard for Sulka to get going and for him to use his offensive skills when they pack it in on him, and we couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives,” said Chardon Head Coach Chad Murawski.

Cardinal was leading 52-40 early in the fourth quarter. The Hilltoppers called a time out, went into a full court press when the comeback began.

In addition to the 17 points from Sulka and nine points from Tager, the Hilttoppers also got nine points apiece from Zach Kalis and Josh Bruce.

Noah Gerlica added six points, hitting both of his triples during the fourth quarter comeback.

“A lot of people put in a lot of time and work to get better in the offseason and it’s showing now,” Sulka said after the game, when asked about the contributions up and down the roster from the Hilltopper squad.

This was the final non-conference game to start the season for the Hilltoppers, who played two Western Reserve Conference games against South and Riverside.