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    Zygmunt scores 1,000th point

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    Kyle Zygmunt scored the 1,000th point of his career but Independence fell in overtime to visiting Revere in a nonconference game on Monday, 75-71.

    The Blue Devils rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

    “I’m proud of the team for not backing down,” said Zygmunt, who scored a game-high 24 points. “We played five games in seven days; in my opinion, it says a lot about out character as a whole.”

    Revere led 42-36 at halftime and pulled away in the second half multiple times.

    Independence responded with runs of its own.

    Aidan Coljohn and Braden Flynn also scored in double figures for the Blue Devils with 20 and 16 points respectively. Casey McGhee contributed with five, London Jatsek added four, and Nathan Ceculski scored two points.

    Zygmunt achieved one of his goals when he reached the 1,000-point mark.

    “As a freshman, it was one of my biggest goals to be in the club,” he said. “I’m grateful for all the teammates I have had to let me get to 1,000.”

    Throughout his career, Zygmunt consistently has been among Independence’s top scorers and defenders. He has raised the bar in his senior season.

    Already this season, Zygmunt has set new school records for career assists and steals.

    “He has been the foundation of our success since we arrived here at Independence,” said Independence coach Kyle Johnson. “What makes him special is he isn’t just a scorer. He’s a tremendous passer, defender, rebounder, and teammate. I couldn’t be happier for Kyle and am fortunate to coach a player of his caliber.”

    Independence dropped to 3-5 on the year but the Blue Devils have played a very challenging schedule in preparation for what they hope is a long postseason run.

    “We just need to learn from our mistakes and improve our chemistry together,” Zygmunt said. “A lot of the newer guys too are starting to understand the game better.”

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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