About a month earlier, Belleville’s No. 1-rated Division 1 football team was knocked out of the postseason by the Canton Chiefs in a heart-stopping district championship game.
On Tuesday, players from both of those teams became reacquainted on the basketball court in the 2017-18 season opener.
In a contest with plenty of energy, emotion and full-speed action, the Chiefs came away on top again — 65-61 at Bob Blohm Court.
One of several Canton football-basketball players to make an impact was senior forward Chase Meredith, who tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds and was a physical menace as far as the Tigers were concerned.
“I would definitely say there was a little (carry-over) fire,” Meredith said. “Belleville basketball team is very good, so we had to come out and play a good game.”
The Chiefs (1-0) outscored visiting Belleville 10-6 over the final five minutes, helped by Tigers’ 6-9 offensive stud Gabriel Brown being hampered by foul trouble.