BRISTOLVILLE - It was a close call for the Bristol Panthers on Tuesday night against Garfield. But even after a sub-par shooting night, the Panthers were able to stay unbeaten with a 65-63 victory against the G-Men.
The Panthers are now 13-0 on the season.
With around 1:20 left in the game, Anthony Workman hit a layup for Garfield, putting the G-Men up by three. Bristol came back with one minute left, when Chad Oliver drove to the hoop, but was fouled. He made both free throws, putting the Panthers within one. On the inbounds, Oliver then stole it and layed it in, giving Bristol the one-point edge.
Garfield tried to tie the game up and got a shot off around the 20-second mark that fell short. Oliver rebounded the ball, was fouled and made one foul shot to seal the victory.
The Panthers definitely felt some offensive woes as they only made five 3-pointers and were 23 of 41 from the foul line.
Oliver finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Lee led all scorers with 21 points for the Panthers.
Workman and Steven Lambert both scored 13 points for the G-Men. Fred Maxey and Matt Pratt both had 12.
MAPLEWOOD 41, CHAMPION 36: MECCA - It was a slow start to the game, but the Rockets took an early lead and held on throughout to defeat the Golden Flashes in a non-conference game.
The first half score was 12-8, before both teams came out for a 15-10 third quarter. Champion outscored Maplewood in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.
Clay Hall paced Champion (2-12) with 12 points, while Chris Miller added 10. Also, the Golden Flashes were a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.
Nate Spitler was the leader for Maplewood (9-4) with 12 points. Ethan Obradovich chipped in with 10.
HOWLAND 85, STRUTHERS 54: HOWLAND - Three Howland players scored in double digits as the Tigers rolled past the Wildcats.
Howland had the lead at half, 39-30, but pulled away in the second half, outscoring Struthers 46-24.
Brendan Cope was the high scorer for Howland with 23 points. Right behind him was Arbie Murray with 22, followed by John-Mark Weisman with 19. The Tigers are now 4-8 on the season.
A. Quattro led Struthers with 12 points.
BADGER 65, LEDGEMONT 42: KINSMAN - Brandon Bates had a career night leading the Braves past the Redskins.
Bates scored a career-high 37 points for Badger. He made 13 field goals and was 11 of 13 from the charity stripe. He scored 13 of his points in the first quarter and 12 in the fourth.
Jason Lipps added 12 points for the Braves, who are now 6-5.
LAKEVIEW 68, GRAND VALLEY 51: ORWELL - Lakeview travelled north and was able to notch its second win of the season.
Lakeview (2-10) was up 36-30 at the half and pushed their lead by using a 24-12 third quarter to secure the win. Andrew Grove dropped 13 points for Lakeview, while Jake Rosowicz scored 11. Justin Journey and Jake Pishotti both scored 10 for the Bulldogs
Josh Kovats led Grand Valley with 15 points. Jake Vormelker added 12 for the Mustangs
Grand Valley hosts Lordstown Friday, while Lakeview faces its rival Champion on the road Friday night.
PYMATUNING VALLEY 54, HUBBARD 33: HUBBARD - Pymatuning Valley jumped all over Hubbard in the first quarter in order to get the win.
PV took a 20-11 first-quarter lead and was able to put the game out of reach by using a 14-3 fourth quarter.
PV's Tim Cross led all scorers with 15 points. Grant Nowakowski added 14 points and Austin Nowakowski poured in 13 points for the Lakers. Aaron Loveless led Hubbard with 13 points for the Eagles.
Hubbard looks to redeem themselves as they host Poland on Friday. PV hosts Ledgemont on Friday.
CANFIELD 59, ALLIANCE 57, OT: CANFIELD - Down six points going into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals forced overtime and completed the come-from-behind win in the extra period Tuesday night.
Jarret Vrabel led the way for Canfield (10-1), scoring seven of his 12 points in the fourth. The Cardinals had four players go for double figures.
The Aviators (7-5) used the foul line to hold their advantage for most of the game, going 16 of 21 from the line. J.J. Kukura paced Alliance with 15 points.
SALEM 83, LIBERTY 64: SALEM - The Leopards had no answer for Salem's Ryan Bush as the Quakers pummelled Liberty.
Bush dropped 47 points, including a 12-of-15 mark from the foul line. Overall, the Quakers went to the charity stripe 32 times and made 21 of those shots.
Darrien Underwood led Liberty with 14 points.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 47, JEFFERSON 46: AUSTINTOWN - The Falcons tight-roped their way to a win as they beat out Jefferson.
The game was tied at 25 at halftime, and Jefferson was up by four going into the fourth quarter. Fitch outscored Jefferson 8-3 in the fourth quarter for the one-point victory.
Mike Butcher and Jesse Driver both scored 11 points for Fitch, and Butcher nailed three 3-pointers in the win. Brett Bowers scored 16 points for Jefferson.
Austintown hosts a tough Niles squad on Friday. Jefferson will face Newton Falls at home.
Newton Falls (5-7) led by two going into the fourth quarter, but Aquinas was able to use a 14-6 fourth quarter to beat the Tigers. Will Burger led Aquinas (8-5) with 20 points.
Newton Falls' Ozzie Hawkins tallied 15 points, while Chris Greathouse and Dale Kernen both chipped in nine for the Tigers.
Newton Falls looks to get back on track as it hits the road to face Jefferson Friday night.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 82, MATHEWS 48: YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown Christian jumped out to a 19-point first-quarter lead as it cruised past Mathews.
Daylen Williams led Youngstown Christian with 16 points. Jayquan Yanno added 15 points and Kaevon Green chipped in 12 for the Eagles. Wyatt Ford led the way for Mathews with 15 points. Aaron Suchanek and Andy Morgan added eight each for the Mustangs.
Mathews looks to rebound against Southington Friday.
MINERAL RIDGE 59, CRESTVIEW 53: COLUMBIANA - Mineral Ridge reached nine wins on the season as it beat Crestivew on the road.
Corey Phillips led Mineral Ridge (9-4) with 20 points. Zach Hagy scored 16 and Nathan Palmer poured in 14 for the Rams. Crestview (7-5) was led by Robert Logan, who scored a game-high 27 points.
Mineral Ridge seeks its 10th win of the season Friday night as it faces Lisbon at home.
HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 48, LORDSTOWN 33: COLUMBIANA - Heartland Christian used a third-quarter run to help get past Lordstown.
Heartland Christian was leading 20-17 at halftime. A big 18-4 third-quarter run was the difference maker to help Heartland Christian notch its 10th win of the season. Glenn Hoffman led Heartland Christian (10-3) with scored 15 points. Brandon Crawford and Kyle Burgess both scored nine for the Lions. Jake Jones scored 12 for Lordstown.
Lordstown (3-10) heads on the road to face Grand Valley on Friday.