Brookfield wins; McDonald takes MVAC crown
¯ BROOKFIELD 56, HUBBARD 53: BROOKFIELD — Brookfield held on to beat crosstown rival Hubbard for its first win of the season.
The Warriors (1-17) hit nine 3-pointers. Conner Stevens led all scorers with 21 points (three 3-pointers), and Jon Hiner added 12 — with all four of his field goals coming from beyond the arc.
The game was tight throughout, with the Warriors holding a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Hubbard (11-10) had three players score in double figures, led by Cam Resatar’s 12 points. Nick Ferrera added 11, and Jared Southern put in 10 more.
¯ McDONALD 103, SEBRING 64: McDONALD — Zach Rasile sank eight 3-pointers to power the Blue Devils past Sebring and help McDonald clinch the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference championship.
Rasile scored a game-high 34 points to help McDonald (18-1, 13-0) jump out to a 47-33 halftime lead. Braedon Poole wasn’t far behind with 29 points. The Blue Devils outscored Sebring 34-16 in the fourth quarter to remove all doubt.
Gabe Lanzer scored 26 for Sebring.
¯ WINDHAM 73, MOGADORE 65: MOGADORE — Windham made 11-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away from Mogadore in a non-league clash.
The Bombers’ Eric Park led all scorers with 26 points. He was 4-for-4 from the line in the final quarter. Mason Angle added 19 points for Windham (16-3) and sank all six of his fourth-quarter free throws to help the Bombers, who led by just two entering the fourth, pull away.
Park also had nine rebounds and six assists, both team-highs.
Lukas Swartz paced the Wildcats, who led 13-11 after one quarter, with 20 points.
¯ JOHN F. KENNEDY 65, WESTERN RESERVE ACADEMY 62: HUDSON — The Eagles held off a big comeback attempt by Western Reserve Academy and earned a nonconference victory.
Four different players scored in double figures for John F. Kennedy (9-8). Byron Taylor scored a team-high 14 as the Eagles took a 36-25 halftime lead. The Pioneers outscored JFK 37-29 in the second half to pull within three. The scoring of the Eagles’ Hyland Burton (12 points), Gianni Eaton (11) and Tyler James (11) allowed JFK to hold on.
Cooper Parrot scored a game-high 33 for WRA.
¯ STRUTHERS 92, LIBERTY 68: STRUTHERS — Struthers made 16 3-pointers to cruise past Liberty.
The Wildcats’ Carson Ryan led all scorers with 26 points and five 3s. Trey Metzka added 17 points and four 3-pointers, and Kevin Traylor put in 14 points and two 3s. Isaiah Torreance (11) and Ryan Leonards (11) also reached double figures for Struthers, which led 47-29 at halftime.
Dra Rushton score a team-best 31 for Liberty (3-14), including five 3s.
¯ BRISTOL 75, GARFIELD 47: GARRETTSVILLE — Bristol had four players score in double figures and dominated a non-conference matchup with Garfield.
The Panthers (17-2) led 43-15 at halftime. Tommy Donadio led all scorers with 23 points (five 3-pointers), and Gage Elza and Bobby Evan registered 15 points apiece.
The G-Men made nine 3-pointers but just eight two-point field goals. Brown led Garfield with 11.
¯ JACKSON-MILTON 51, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 33: COLUMBIANA — Guy Costello had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blue Jays to victory to their second victory of the season.
David Vega added 10 points for Jackson-Milton (2-18).
¯ LaBRAE 69, NILES 39: NILES — Elijah Whiteside had five 3-pointers and a game-high 17 points to lead four double-figure scorers in this non-conference victory.
Tyler Stephens added 15, while Benton Tennant had 14 and Aaron Iler contributed 10 for LaBrae (19-0).
Cyler Kane-Johnson led Niles (3-16) with 11 points.
¯ URSULINE 63, FITCH 58: YOUNGSTOWN — R.J. Clark had 22 points and Devin Keevey added 18 as the Fighting Irish held off the Falcons.
Ursuline (5-15) shot 22 of 39 from the floor.
Randy Smith led Fitch (8-10) with 19 points, while Emanuel Dawkins added 13 and Blake Baker put in 11.
¯ HOWLAND 60, GIRARD 33: HOWLAND — Connor Tamarkin had 16 points to lead the Tigers past the Indians.
Samari Dean added 12 for Howland (14-5).
The Tigers outscored Girard (10-11) 34-10 in the second and third quarters.
Christian Graziano paced the Indians with nine points.
¯ MATHEWS 61, LEETONIA 55: LEETONIA — Sean McDivitt had a game-high 36 points to lead the Mustangs past the Bears.
Mathews (11-9) outscored Leetonia (4-16) 24-20 in the fourth quarter as McDivitt had 13 of his points, trying to counteract a hard-charging Bears team.
Roman Ferry had six of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, while Caleb Witmer added eight of his 12 in the final stanza.
¯ CHAMPION 52, JEFFERSON 51: CHAMPION — Joe Abramovich (20 points) and Chase Wheelock (16) stepped up in the absence of Drake Batcho for the Golden Flashes.
Champion (12-8) trailed 17-15 after one quarter and 31-23 at halftime before outscoring the Falcons 29-20 in the second half.
¯ McDONALD 39, LORDSTOWN 28: LORDSTOWN — Brittany Smith had 12 of her 16 points in the third quarter as the Blue Devils handed the Red Devils a non-conference setback.
McDonald rallied from a 12-7 halftime deficit to take a 26-19 lead after three.
The Blue Devils improve to 16-5, while Lordstown drops to 14-6.
Cady Lickwar paced the Red Devils with eight points.