The Norwalk Truckers had just enough offense to edge the Clyde Fliers 39-35 on Saturday night in non-league action at NHS.
With the game tied at 26-26 heading to the fourth quarter, Norwalk out-scored the visitors 13-9 to pull out the win.
"Very satisfying," Norwalk coach Steve Gray called the win which improved the Truckers to 1-1 on the season.
"Clyde just takes on the personality of coach (Ryan) Carter," he added. "They are tough kids who play the game right. So I was concerned coming in that we would be able to compete on the backboards with their physical style."
Clyde led 14-12 after one quarter and the game was 20-20 at the half.
"I give coach (Nick) Lee a lot of credit," Gray said. "He charts each possession and he was the one who convinced me to play more man-to-man in the second half.
"And I give coach (Reid) Shoop credit for getting us in and out of our presses. This was a total team effort from the assistant coaches and players."
Norwalk was led in scoring by junior Jacob Cashen who netted 20 points.
"Jacob Cashen is not even close to reaching his potential and I'm not just talking about scoring, but all facets of the game," Gray said.
Gray had high praise for junior Darian Cook, who scored four points.
"Darian Cook has played as hard these first two games as any kid I've had in a long, long time."
Senior Evan Light and freshmen Jeff Thomas each scored four for Norwalk.
Clyde dropped to 0-1.
Cold shooting hurt the Fliers as they hit 15-of-47 action shots, which included 1-of-17 in threes. The Fliers were also 4-of-13 from the foul line.
"I give Norwalk a lot of credit," Carter said. "When you shoot 4 of 13 from the line and 1 of 17 in 3s that's not going to get it done.
"But other than our shooting, I'm pretty pleased overall," he added. "The kids played hard and gave a good effort, but just didn't knock down the shots. We're not going to win many games shooting 30 percent. But we'll take all those things and learn from them and get ready for Tuesday."
Clyde goes to Tiffin Columbian on Tuesday.
The Fliers were led by Joey Cooper with 14 points. Jose Leal added eight.
Norwalk shot 12-of-36 from the field and 14 of 28 at the stripe.
The Truckers had 21 rebounds to 33 for Clyde.
Clyde committed 20 turnovers to 13 for Norwalk.
Norwalk won the junior varsity game, 45-39. The Truckers were paced by Michael Finch with 14 and Cody Gregory with 12.