Blue Streaks defeat Dragons to earn share of CVC Lake boys title

Feb. 26—Staff Report

Madison defeated Lakeside 62-52 on Saturday to earn a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division boys basketball championship.

The Blue Streaks ended the regular season 16-6 overall, 10-4 in the conference. The CVC Lake mark tied Perry for the conference title this season.

"This is a great accomplishment for our team and program," Madison coach Nick Gustin said. "Over the course of the season, each player had contributions to make it possible.

"These kids put in the time and work and earned this championship."

The Blue Streaks are in their first CVC season after spending time in the Western Reserve Conference.

"It has always been a goal of mine to win something for the school and community," Madison senior guard JP Dragas said. "I've always wanted to be part of a team that gets a banner hung up for their hard work."

On Saturday, the Blue Streaks started out slow, trailing 10-5 after the first quarter.

But Madison rebounded with an 18-10 second-quarter advantage to lead 23-20 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Blue Streaks upped their lead to 48-39.

Three players reached double digits for the Blue Streaks, led by Mac Steel's 18 points.

Seth Negin scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Dragas added 13.

"It's a compliment to the team as a whole for constantly showing up and putting in the work to be able to get this done," Dragas said.

Dyln Newsome paced Lakeside (5-15, 4-10) with 13 points, while Alex DiSalvatore contributed 12.

Both teams are scheduled to play tournament games next. The Dragons are slated to play at Cleveland John Marshall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in their Division I opener, while the Blue Streaks will await the Harvey-Howland winner for a D-II sectional crown at 7 p.m. on Friday at home.