Badger birthday treat is victory

BADGER 62, CHALKER 60: SOUTHINGTON — As far as birthday presents go, Aiden Miller couldn’t be happier.

Miller, who turned 16 Tuesday, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to help Badger overcome an 11-point deficit in a stunning Northeastern Athletic Conference victory over Chalker.

Miller carried the Braves in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his team-high 22 points. Badger outscored the Wildcats 48-35 after Chalker came out hot to start the game.

Brandon Sherwood hit two of his five 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored seven of his game-high 25 points as the Wildcats took a 25-14 lead. The Braves responded in the second quarter, with a 15-8 advantage, and continued the momentum with a 16-10 edge in the third stanza. The teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter. Miller was the catalyst for Badger, sinking two of his four 3-pointers. The Braves also made 5-of-6 free throws in the final quarter.

Logan Popovich added 12 for Badger.

BRISTOL 82, PYMATUNING VALLEY 58: BRISTOLVILLE — Bristol broke free from a 32-32 halftime tie, outscoring the Lakers, 22-5, in the third quarter. A 28-21 fourth quarter for the Panthers increased their record to 10-1, 7-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference.

Bryan Gabrielson led the way for Bristol, ranked second in the state in Division IV, with 33 points. Tommy Donadio scored 22 points and Phil Aliberti and Matt Church added eight points each. Donadio also contributed six steals, Church had seven rebounds and Stevie Burbach dished out five assists.

Pymatuning Valley was led by Morgan Babic with 15 points and Jared Freeman with 14.

LORDSTOWN 74, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 40: LORDSTOWN — The Red Devils scored 46 second-half points in the victory. Dakota Bingham made 11 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws for 27 points, as Lordstown improves to 3-8.

Heratland was outscored, 46-23, in the second-half. Ben Burgess made 15 of 20 free throws for 21 points.

NEWBURY 40, MATHEWS 37: NEWBURY — The Mustangs were outscored, 17-3, in the second quarter. Sean McDivitt made seven baskets for Mathews (3-8). Mathews went just 8 for 19 from the charity stripe.

Newbury trailed by nine to start the second quarter, but a 17-3 second quarter helped lift them past the Mustangs.

WESTERN RESERVE 64, SPRINGFIELD 58: NEW MIDDLETOWN — A big second half helped Western Reserve come back and beat Springfield in a non-league clash.

The Blue Devils (9-1) trailed, 26-24, at halftime, but they outscored Springfield, 40-32, in the final two quarters to pull away. Western Reserve made 19-of-27 free throws and were especially sharp in the fourth quarter, making 12 of 14.

Marcus Cruz and Kade Hilles each scored 16 for the Blue Devils. Cruz made four 3-pointers.

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