LIBERTY 56, LAKEVIEW 53: CORTLAND - Lakeview pulled within three with seconds left but couldn't come any closer, giving Liberty coach Dan Bubon his first career win at Lakeview.
With 3 minutes and 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Lakeview took its first lead of the frame, 48-47, after a Jake Pishotti 3-pointer. Liberty came back and took the lead, 55-50, with the help from four clutch free throws by freshman Lynn Bowden. Ryan Pishotti nailed another 3-pointer to make the score 56-53 with 5 seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Bulldogs came.
Liberty's Asim Pleas led all scorers with 20 points. Bowden finished with 10 points and a team-high three assists. Cameron Clark had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for Liberty (2-2).
Brandon Keller had a big night for the Bulldogs (1-4), registering 19 points and seven rebounds.
MATHEWS 68, GRAND VALLEY 59: ORWELL - Mathews was able to hold off Grand Valley - specifically Jake Vormelker - to come away with the victory Friday night.
Vormelker led all scorers with 33 points. He made 12 field goals (one 3-pointer) and went 8 of 15 from the line.
Mathews jumped to a 15-5 lead, which was extended to 37-22 at the half. Grand Valley closed the gap to 50-41 after three, but couldn't get any closer.
Wyatt Ford led the Mustangs (3-2, 2-0) with 20 points. Cobie Pratt added 17 and Terryance Rogan chipped in 11.
GIRARD 62, JEFFERSON 55: GIRARD - The Indians rallied from an early deficit to pick up the All-American Conference, National Division victory.
Girard trailed, 13-9, after the first quarter, but was able to comeback in the second. Going into the half, Girard led, 24-21. The Indians extended the lead to 42-35 after three quarters.
Deonte Brown led Girard with 14 points. Dylan O'Hara had 11 points. Chaston Williams and Jordan Graziano each scored 10.
HUBBARD 62, STRUTHERS 48: HUBBARD - Despite a 28-point fourth quarter from the Wildcats, Hubbard was able to hold them off, picking up its first win of the season.
The Eagles led, 45-20, after three quarters before the Wildcats' comeback attempt.
Derek Kopanic led Hubbard with 13 points, while Isiah Scott added 11. The Eagles are now 1-2 on the season.
Austin Yemma did most of the scoring for the Wildcats (1-2), dropping 22 points.
BROOKFIELD 64, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 55: BROOKFIELD - The third quarter was the difference as Brookfield outlasted Youngstown Christian.
The score was tied at 48 after halftime, but the Warriors outscored the Eagles, 13-5, in the third stanza.
However, Youngstown Christian was hot from 3-point range, draining seven 3s. Darien Townsend had six of those to go toward his game-high 22 points.
Seth Wallace had 16 points to pace Brookfield. Caleb Hunkus added 13.
CHALKER 70, BLOOMFIELD 34: SOUTHINGTON - It was all Wildcats in this Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Chalker jumped out to a 21-11 lead, which was extended to 40-11 at the half. Twelve different players scored on the night for the 2-0 Wildcats. Jacob Zolna led the way with 15 points and Tommy Hall added 11.
Bloomfield's Cody Turner led the team with 21 points and seven rebounds.
CAMPBELL 51, NEWTON FALLS 46: NEWTON FALLS - Campbell pulled away in the final minutes of an All-American Conference, National Division clash with the Tigers.
The Red Devils' Daron Clinkscale scored six of his nine points in the fourth quarter to help Campbell (4-1, 2-0) outscore Newton Falls, 17-14. Campbell's George Billiris and Aaron Jackson tied for a game-high 11 points.
Newton Falls (2-3, 0-2 AAC) led by five after the first quarter, but the Red Devils erased that deficit before halftime. Jaden and Derek Walton each scored 10 for the Tigers.
MAPLEWOOD 78, WINDHAM 45: MECCA - The Rockets used a huge second quarter to run away from the Bombers in Northeastern Athletic Conference action on Friday night.
Maplewood (3-2, 2-0) held WIndham (1-4, 1-1) to just four points in the second frame, while dropping 24 points to give the Rockets a 19-point halftime lead. Senior guards Kevin Jones and Luke Evan both scored eight points in the second to pace the Rockets. Jones amassed a game-high 17 and Evan chipped in 16.
Three other Rockets - Nate Spitler, Dan Denman and Ethan Obradovich - reached double figures with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Parker Rickey led the Bombers with 14 points.
LEETONIA 68, WESTERN RESERVE 63: LEETONIA - Western Reserve's comeback attempt fell short against Leetonia in an Inter Tri-Country League, Division II matchup.
The Blue Devils pulled to within two points at the end of the third quarter, but the Bears managed to see out the game, winning the fourth quarter, 20-17. James Shea helped Leetonia ice the game by scoring seven of his 15 points in the final frame, including a 5-of-8 performance from the charity stripe. Josh Faulmer paced the Bears with 16 points.
The Blue Devils had four players reach double digits in points, starting with Joe Falasca and Lance DeZee totaling 11 points each. Tristen Bova and Nick Tobin added 10 points apiece.
BRISTOL 64, LORDSTOWN 55: BRISTOLVILLE - The Panthers opened conference play with a win over Lordstown on Friday night.
Bristol (4-0, 1-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference) took a seven-point lead into halftime thanks to a 14-6 advantage in the second quarter and matched the Red Devils' efforts in the second half. Brandon Lee had a big night for the Panthers, amassing 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and Johnny Simcox and Logan Koeth pitched in with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Preston Sutton and Nick Johnson paced Lordstown (2-2, 1-1 NAC) with 19 and 14 points.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 73, NILES 66: AUSTINTOWN - The Falcons took care of business from the charity stripe down the stretch to see off Niles in All-American Conference, American Division play.
Fitch went 8 of 8 from the foul line in the final quarter to allow the team to stave off the Red Dragons. Jessie Driver played a key role, going 4 of 4 from the line and scoring nine of his game-high 19 points in the final 8 minutes. Quincy Higgins contributed 19 points as well for the Falcons, 13 of which came in the first half.
Cameron Kane paced the Red Dragons with 19 points and did most of his damage in the second half, scoring 13 points during that time.
PYMATUNING VALLEY 46, BADGER 43: ANDOVER - In a tightly contested NAC matchup, the Lakers managed to get their first conference win over the Braves.
Badger (2-3) led by one point at halftime, but PV (2-3, 1-1) managed to outscore its opponent 23-19 in the second half to pull away at the end. Chase Thurber led the way for the Lakers, scoring 14 points.
For the Braves, Brandon Bates posted a game-high 27 points in the losing effort.
GLENOAK 53, BOARDMAN 48: CANTON - Despite big efforts from Brian Fryda and Preston Stitt, the Spartans fell to the Golden Eagles on Friday night.
Fryda recorded a game-high 20 points for Boardman, while Stitt added 14. The two combined for six makes from beyond the arc.
McDONALD 87, LOWELLVILLE 7: LOWELLVILLE - Three McDonald players amassed at least 20 points in a ITCL, Division II win over Lowellville.
Matt Seitz dropped a game-high 34 points for the Blue Devils (3-1, 1-1), Ken Greaveer contributed 23 to the cause and Anthony Pugh chipped in with 20 points, as McDonald took an 18-point lead into halftime and held off the Rockets (2-1, 1-1) in the second half.
Nick Piccirillo and Alex Harklerode paced Lowellville with 9 and 18 points.
SEBRING 63, JACKSON-MILTON 48: NORTH JACKSON - A slow start doomed the Blue Jays against Sebring on Friday night.
Jackson-Milton managed to score just four points in the first quarter and trailed by 11 points. The Trojans matched the Blue Jays from that point to crusie to a win.
Spenser Huzica paced the Blue Jays with a team-high 16 points.
GARFIELD 50, ROOTSTOWN 49: GARRETTSVILLE - Garfield hung on for its fifth win of the season after an interesting scoring affair.
At the half, the G-Men led the Rovers, 29-18. Garfield extended the lead to 48-30 after three quarters. However, Rootstown outscored Garfield 19-2 in the fourth quarter to almost pull off the comeback victory.
Nick Jucevic paced the G-Men with 16 points. Garfield is now 5-1 (2-0) on the season.
DENVER EAST 49, URSULINE 25: YOUNGSTOWN - Denver East outscored the Irish, 38-17, in the second and third quarters to pull away in a non-conference matchup.
The Angels (5-1), who are in town for today's Hope Classic at Struthers High School, were tied at 5 after the first quarter. Alexus Gutierrez led a second-quarter charge by scoring eight of her 10 points in the frame. The 19-7 advantage in the quarter gave Denver East a 24-12 halftime edge.
Ursuline (1-4) couldn't make a run in the second half as the Angels stretched their lead to 43-22 by the start of the fourth quarter. The Irish's Tanaya Beacham led all scorers with 15 points.
The Irish play host to Youngstown East on Monday.