WINDHAM - A classic battle between two tradition-rich programs came down to the final minute, and Newton Falls hung on to beat Windham, 65-61, in a non-conference thriller.
Both teams held leads as large as nine, including the Bombers (0-2) going up 50-41 early in the fourth quarter. But the Tigers, who made 10 3-pointers overall, came storming back and tied the game with less than one minute remaining.
Newton Falls' Chris Greathouse then hit one of his five 3s to give the Tigers (1-1) a 61-58 advantage. Ozzie Hawkins made two free throws to add on to his already big night and extend Newton Falls' lead to 63-58, but the Bombers struck back with a 3 by Brad Kowalski to move within two points. The Tigers sealed the victory when Jaden Walton hit two free throws.
Hawkins paced Newton Falls in points (21), rebounds (10) and assists (four). Walton added 18 and Greathouse provided 15 (all from beyond the arc).
Windham's Parker Rickey led everyone in points (23) and rebounds (13). Jared Taylor chipped in with 17 points for the Bombers.
Newton Falls plays another marquee matchup on Friday as it travels to LaBrae.
GIRARD 65, HOWLAND 59: GIRARD - The Indians rallied for a come-from-behind victory thanks to a big fourth quarter sparked by Dylan O'Hara.
Girard (1-1) trailed, 53-50, entering the final quarter, but the Indians outscored Howland, 15-6, in the period, when O'Hara scored seven of his game-high 23 points.
Howland (0-1) took a lead thanks to a big third quarter in which the Tigers held a 28-23 advantage. Tommy Carnifax tallied eight of his 12 points in the frame. The offense stalled in the fourth, however. Howland made eight 3-pointers in the game, but none came in the final quarter. Reece Bogan paced the Tigers with 14 points.
Jimmy Standohar added 12 for the Indians, who travel to crosstown rival Liberty on Friday.
STRUTHERS 44, LAKEVIEW 38: STRUTHERS - Struthers took a 14-2 first-quarter lead and held off Lakeview in a non-conference matchup.
Ray'Quan Phifer scored eight of his game-high 14 points in the opening quarter. He was the only Wildcat in double figures.
Lakeivew's Justin Journey matched Phifer with 14 points. He too was the only player on his team to reach double figures. The Bulldogs fell to 0-2.
JOHN F. KENNEDY 76, MATHEWS 57: VIENNA - Five Eagles put up double-digit points in the season-opening victory for John F. Kennedy.
The Eagles raced to an 11-point first-quarter lead and never trailed from there. The biggest quarter JFK put up was a 28-point third frame.
Kennedy junior Zackary Usher led the Eagles with 24 points. Following him were Preston Caparanis (14), Luke Keck (13), African Grant (12) and Isaac Carrino (11).
Mathews, now 1-1 on the season, was led by Wyatt Ford's 24 points. Bryan Oatridge added 11, nine of those from 3-point range.
LOWELLVILLE 67, SPRINGFIELD 62: NEW MIDDLETOWN - Springfield tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Lowellville won in the rivalry game.
The Rockets jumped to a 25-19 lead, but the Tigers evened the score to 35 at the half. Lowellville outscored Springfield in the third, 19-10, and Springfield couldn't rally in the fourth.
Lowellville drained six 3-pointers in the contest. Both Paulo DePasquale and Alex Harklerode had 18 points for Lowellville. Pat Mangine added 15.
Brandon Chamberlain and Mark Schuler both put in 17 for Springfield.
BROOKFIELD 59, PYMATUNING VALLEY 48: BROOKFIELD - Despite 21 points from PV's Quintin Ratliff, Brookfield kept hold of the lead all game to get the victory.
The Warriors led 25-14 at halftime, and despite a 20-13 edge in the third by the Lakers, the Warriors hung on. Along with Ratliff's night, Chase Thurber added 11 points.
Seth Wallace and Caleb Hunkus each had 10 points for Brookfield.
POLAND 65, LIBERTY 36: LIBERTY - It was all Poland on Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs jumped to an early lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Poland shot just more than 50 percent from the field, while Liberty struggled, shooting 13 of 55. The Bulldogs led 18-5 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 30-16 at halftime.
Eleven different players scored for Poland, and only one was in double figures. That was Dan Black, who put in 13 points.
Liberty's Asim Pleas led all scorers with 17 points. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.
BADGER 73, BLOOMFIELD 23: BLOOMFIELD - The Braves took care of business in a rout of Bloomfield on Tuesday.
Badger jumped out to a 16-point lead after one quarter and took a 28-point lead into the break. The Braves had four players reach double figures, with Brandon Bates' 20 points leading the way. Joe Gorospe added 12 points, while Colton Kellogg and Jared Meikle added 10 each.
Cody Turner paced the Cardinals with 10 points.