BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Ursuline wins Potter Classic
URSULINE 78, PAINESVILLE HARVEY 51: EAST LIVERPOOL – Ursuline dominated the championship game of the Potter Classic tournament at East Liverpool High School.
The Irish (5-2) led 43-29 at halftime and put the game away with a 20-5 advantage in the third quarter. Paul Jackson scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter, while Desmond McElroy registered nine of his game-high 18 in the second. Dave Collins help seal the victory with eight of his 13 in the third. Jackson earned a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Markell Stokes led Painesville Harvey (4-2) with 10 points.
Ursuline plays at Canton Central Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday.
CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC 60, LaBRAE 40: MASSILLON – A slow start for LaBrae and hot shooting by Cleveland Central Catholic led to a 20-point loss for the Vikings – just their second of the season.
The two teams met at the Play 4 Cancer Shootout at Jackson High School.
The Vikings only trailed by five after the first quarter, but the Ironmen outscored LaBrae, 16-7, in the second quarter, leaving a 14-point deficit for LaBrae heading into halftime.
Peyton Aldridge scored more than half of LaBrae’s points, dropping in 21. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Vikings (5-2).
Antoine Willard scored 18 for Cleveland Central Catholic (8-0).
BROOKFIELD 50, LAKESIDE 49: CORTLAND – The Warriors held off a charging Lakeside team in the fourth quarter to secure the victory at the Lakeview Holiday Tournament.
Brookfield led, 40-29, after three quarters. However, in the fourth, Lakeside outscored the Warriors 20-10.
What sealed the win for Brookfield (6-2) was two foul shots by Nate Johnson with 2.7 seconds left. Edgewood tried a 3-pointer to win, but it was deflected.
Johnson finished the game with 15 points, as did teammate Seth Wallace, who scored all 15 in the second half.
LAKEVIEW 40, CARDINAL 31: CORTLAND – The Bulldogs led from the first quarter on, defeating Cardinal in the final day of the Lakeview Holiday Tournament.
Lakeview outscored the Huskies 10-7 in the first quarter and never looked back. Jake Rosowicz scored nine points to lead the Bulldogs, who are now 2-6 on the season.
Jake DiBlasio paced Cardinal (6-2) with nine points.
CRESTVIEW 64, WESTERN RESERVE 60, OT: COLUMBIANA – The Blue Devils used a furious fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime, but the Rebels managed to see them out for the win.
Collin Gilbert paced Crestview with 24 points in the win, while Josh McDade and Eric Lloyd contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Walker Marlow led Western Reserve with 16 points (eight in the fourth quarter), and Tristen Bova and Nick Allision added 14 and 10.
JOHN F. KENNEDY 45, CHAMPION 35: CHAMPION – The Eagles picked up their first win since restarting the program this season against the Golden Flashes on Saturday night.
Antonella LaMonica led the way with a game-high 22 points, as Kennedy (1-8) had six different players make the scoresheet. Calli Kowach, the only player with previous varsity experience going into the season, chipped in with 11 points to help the Eagles lead for most of the way.
Izzy D’Urso and Kelly Robinson paced Champion (4-6) with nine points each in the losing effort.
GIRARD 56, NILES 37: NILES – Girard overcame an early deficit and took over in the second half of a non-conference tilt.
The Indians trailed 12-9 after the opening quarter, but outscored Niles 47-25 the rest of the way. Bree Bishop and Shymara Dykes each registered double-doubles. Bishop scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Dykes netted 10 points and collected 11 boards. The Indians made just 15 of 35 shots, but they sank 24 of 38 free throws.
Niles’ Amanda Blank and Ashley Cline scored seven points each to lead the Red Dragons, who let the game get away in the third quarter. They trailed 24-22 at the half but were outscored, 14-4 in the third.
BROOKFIELD 58, CAMPBELL 26: BROOKFIELD – Brookfield took a 20-point first-quarter lead and never looked back in a non-conference clash with Campbell.
No Warrior reached double figures, but 10 players scored, led by Ashley Kirila’s nine points. Brookfield led 24-4 after one quarter and was up, 32-11 at the half. The Warriors shot 19 of 45 from the field (42 percent).
Campbell’s Aaliyah Hakeem provided a team-best eight points.