Harding wins first LEL road game of season
EAST CLEVELAND – Shaw’s Cordell Smith started out Friday’s game with 13 points as Shaw took a six-point lead after one quarter.
Jautice McDonald and Kyree Stubbs clamped down on Smith – holding him to six points (19 total) for the remaining three quarters.
Slowly, Anthony Bell emerged as the Warren G. Harding leader in a 65-56 Lake Erie League victory. It was Harding’s first road win in the LEL.
WGH beat Shaw earlier in the season to sweep the series.
Bell, who had a game-high 25 points, was Harding’s offensive catalyst.
“It was by far away his best total game,” WGH coach Andy Vlajkovich said. “He let the game come to him. I like his whole game. Him and Mik’Quan (Dorsey) are neck and neck in scoring. Sometimes Anthony can press a little bit. He played within himself and played with the team.”
Harding was without Dorsey, who was sick for Friday’s game.
O’sha Jackson had 16 points, while Gregory Jackson added 12 for the Raiders (9-7, 4-7).
Mike Parks added 12, while Austin Thomas had nine for the Cardinals (8-9).
Tonight, Timken (10-5), which won 57-40 Friday at Tusky Valley, travels to Harding.
It’s the first time the Raiders have won on the Friday of back-to-back games.
“Sometimes it’s easier to bounce back after a loss,” Vlajkovich said. “I’m worried about the Trojans, but more concerned about how we handle our first league road victory.
“I’m really proud of them. We need to maintain the same level of success.”
MAPLEWOOD 65, LEDGEMONT 28: MECCA – Ethan O’Bradovich had all nine of his points in the second quarter as the Rockets pulled away from Redskins with a 20-6 quarter.
Maplewood (13-5, 7-2 NAC) outscored Ledgemont 19-9 in the first stanza.
Nate Spitler and Aaron Schwartz each led the Rockets with 14 points. Luke Evan added 12, while Kevin Jones put in 10, as Maplewood had a balanced scoring attack.
Justin Young paced Ledgemont with seven points.
Tuesday, Maplewood hosts Mathews.
MINERAL RIDGE 70, JACKSON-MILTON 37: MINERAL RIDGE – Mineral Ridge led 38-10 at halftime as it was able to cruise past Jackson-Milton for its 12th win of the season.
Mineral Ridge (12-6) limited Jackson-Milton to five points in each of the first two quarters, and Nathan Palmer had a sensational performance for the Rams.
Palmer scored 33 points for Mineral Ridge, 11 of those coming in the third quarter. Corey Phillips chipped in 12 for the Rams.
Jackson-Milton got 11 points from Jake McAdams and Jeremy Fitzpatrick added 10 points in the loss.
Both teams play Tuesday night. Mineral Ridge heads to East Palestine on Tuesday, Jackson-Milton hosts United.
NILES 64, HUBBARD 51: HUBBARD – Niles was able to rebound from a Tuesday loss to obtain its 10th win of the season.
Niles (10-7) was leading 17-6 after the first quarter- a lead it never relinquished.
Ray Russ scored for 21, Chris Parry added 15 and James Tate chipped in 14 for the Dragons.
For Hubbard (2-14), Jordan Thomson scored 17, Derek Kopanic scored 14 and Aaron Loveless 11 for the Eagles.
CAMPBELL 48, CHAMPION 42: CAMEL – Campbell snatched its sixth win of the season with the victory over Champion.
Campbell (6-11) led 19-14 at the and was able to maintain the led behind a great offensive performance by George Billiris.
The Red Devils’ Billiris scored 22, and Ryan Stoddard added nine points. For Champion (2-15), Chris Miller dropped 21 and Clay Hall added nine in the defeat.
CANFIELD 49, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 42: AUSTINTOWN – Canfield trailed at halftime and was able to use second half magic to record the win.
Down 25-15 at halftime, the Cardinals outscored Fitch 34-17 in the second half to stun the Falcons.
Canfield’s Andrew Midgley scored 14, while Jarrett Vrabel and Cole Prjyma each scored 13 for the Cardinals.
Alex Disrancesco scored a team-high 12 points for Fitch, Quincy Higgins scored 11 and Jesse Driver added 10.
SOUTHINGTON 72, BLOOMFIELD 21: SOUTHINGTON – Southington was able to jumped out to an early first quarter lead as it was able to breeze by Bloomfield.
Southington led 24-6 after the first quarter and had an insurmountable 54-12 lead at the half.
Jacob Zolna had 23 points for Southington, Travis Lehmann added 12 and Tommy Hall chipped in with 10.
Bloomfield’s Isaiah Noce had six points, Rachel Fenton added five in the loss.
STRUTHERS 67, BEAVER LOCAL 55: STRUTHERS – Beaver Local jumped out to a first quarter lead, but Struthers swung momentum its way to get the victory.
Beaver Local led 19-8 after the first quarter, but, the second quarter was a different story. Struthers outscored Beaver Local 25-10 and was able to sustain the lead.
Ray’Quan Pfifer led Struthers with 14, Temeko Holness and Quattro each scored 10 for the Wildcats.
Troy Hudson had a game-high 18 for Beaver Local, and Zack Mick chipped in with 16.
WINDHAM 84, EAST CANTON 61: WINDHAM – Windham started the game hot as they chalked up a win against East Canton.
Windham (16-1,11-0 Portage Trail Conference) jumped to a 25-8 lead and was able to hold for the victory despite East Canton hitting 14 3-pointers.
Matt Knight scored 19 points for Windham, Cameron Pozsgai added 18 and Parker Rickey netted 15.
Hayden Miller hit five 3-pointers for East Canton, scoring 20 on the night. Cody Reichard scored 15 on five 3-pointers and Alec Pennell added 13 for the Hornets.
URSULINE 67, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 57: YOUNGSTOWN – Ryan Strollo had eight of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter to pace the Irish past the Knights.
Ursuline (7-8) outscored St. Thomas Aquinas (9-9) 21-11 in the second quarter to pull away.
Preston Williams and Kevin Jackson each had 16 points for the Irish.
Anthony Snyder led the Knights wtih 18 points, while Anthony Monghn added 10.
Tuesday, Ursuline hosts Kennedy Catholic (Pa.).
SPRINGFIELD 57, CRESTVIEW 51: NEW MIDDLETOWN – Mark Schuler had a game-high 17 points, while Eoghan Bees added 16 to lead the Tigers past Rebels in ITCL Upper Tier play.
Robert Logan led Crestview with 14 points, while Collin Gilbert added 13.
CARDINAL MOONEY 78, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 38: CANTON – Following a close first quarter, the Cardinals dropped 26 points in the second quarter to rout the Crusaders.
Mooney (6-8) outscored Central Catholic (5-10) by 22 points in the second and then by 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals did this despite not draining a 3 in the game.
Cunningham paced the Cardinals with 16 points.