Host Science Hill, was clicking on all cylinders as guards C.J. Good and Will Adams drained five 3-pointers on their way to 21 points apiece in an 83-64 Hilltopper victory.
After a TSSAA state semifinal run last season, Science Hill is 16-1 to start the new season.
The loss was just the second in nine games for Cleveland, who turned around and played Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett (6-2) after presstime Saturday evening.
After trailing 43-27 at the half and 63-37 with 1:45 to go in the third frame Friday, the Blue Raiders went on a 12-0 run.
Cleveland closed the gap to 10 points on Kendrick Thompson’s third 3-pointer of the night with just under five minutes to go in the contest, but that was as close as they would get.
Jahmal Johnson led the way for Cleveland with 21 points, scoring a dozen in the third period, including the final eight. The 6-foot-6 senior also cleared 12 rebounds, seven of which came off the offensive glass, for a double-double.