Last year, a season-ending loss to Ashtabula Edgewood cost the Poland High School boys basketball team the outright All-American Conference White Tier championship.
Their only loss this season also was to the Warriors, 69-61 on Feb. 9.
Friday was payback time for the Bulldogs.
Braeden O’Shaughnessy scored a game-high 22 points, Dan Kramer registered the game’s only double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Brandon Barringer added 10 markers to lead Poland to a 56-43 victory.
It was the Bulldogs’ fifth league title over the past six seasons.
“We talked all week that we wanted this title all to ourselves,” O’Shaughnessy said. “For selfish reasons, we didn’t want to share it this year it with anyone.
With the Bulldogs holding a narrow 42-39 lead, Poland took over the last 3:41 of the game by going on a 12-0 run, forced eight turnovers and registered eight steals to open a 54-39 advantage and coast the last 44 seconds to the title.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.