CLEVELAND, OH - April 2, 2012 - For 21 years, the partnership between the Cleveland Cavaliers and FirstMerit Bank has addressed the importance of higher education. Once again in 2012, 10 graduating high school seniors from Northeast Ohio received a scholarship through the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Bank Scholarship Program. Each student will be awarded a check for $2,000.

This past June, the Cavaliers had two of the top four picks in the Draft. Even casual fans expected the selection of Kyrie Irving. But pundits didn't see the Wine and Gold tabbing Tristan Thompson at No. 4.

With less than a month remaining in their rookie seasons, the Cavs are ecstatic with both of their first rounders.

Tristan has been one of the top rookie rebounders all season, but since being inserted into the starting lineup, he's turned up his game -- averaging 11.8 points on .506 shooting, 7.7 rebounds (4.4 offensive) per contest.

The shorthanded Cavs had the Knicks – and the end of their losing streak – in striking distance with just over five minutes to play. But Cleveland couldn’t close the deal.

The Wine and Gold – minus rookie guard Kyrie Irving, a late scratch – pulled to within four, 76-72, on Samardo Samuels’ layup with 5:19 to play. But the Knicks, battling injury issues of their own, closed the game on 15-3 run – handing the Cavaliers the 91-75 loss, their seventh straight.

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