Boys basketball roundup
NILES 68, STRUTHERS 60: STRUTHERS – It was an interesting battle between the Red Dragons and the Wildcats on Tuesday night.
Struthers led 15-11 after one, but Niles tied it up at 24 to go into the half. In the second half is where it got interesting.
Niles’ Chris Parry scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half – 13 of those from the charity stripe. In all, Niles was 24 of 30 from the foul-line, compared to 2 of 7 for Struthers.
Niles also had a big night from 3-point range. Parry and Justin Lopes each had three 3-pointers, James Tate had two, and Kyle Paden and Cameron Kane each had one.
R. Phifer led Struthers with 23 points. Austin Yemma added 18.
NEWTON FALLS 65, LORDSTOWN 53: NEWTON FALLS – Paced by Ozzie Hawkins’ big night, the Tigers handed Lordstown its first loss of the season.
The score was knotted at 16 after one, then Hawkins took over. He had eight points in the second, third and fourth quarters. He finished with 28 points to lead all scorers.
Chris Greathouse and Jaden Walton each added nine points for Newton Falls, now 2-2 on the season.
Steven Gill, Preston Sutton and Nick Johnson all scored 14 points for Lordstown (2-1).
CAMPBELL 55, LIBERTY 35: CAMPBELL – The Red Devils jumped to a 19-9 lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Campbell shot just less than 50 percent on the night from the field (24 of 47). On the other side, it was a rough night for the Leopards, shooting 15 of 52 from the field.
George Billiris paced Campbell with 16 points, followed by 12 points from Michael Williams. Aaron Jackson added 11.
Asim Pleas and Danny Markulin each scored 11 for Liberty.
BRISTOL 71, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 55: BRISTOLVILLE – Brandon Lee had 11 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter to lead the Panthers past the Eagles.
Zeth Tomasiak, who added 11 points, had two of his three 3-pointers in the first quarter, where Bristol (3-0) outscored Youngstown Christian 23-8.
Johnny Simcox also put in 11 points for Bristol.
Darien Townsend paced the Eagles with 19 points, while Robert Thompson put in 11.
Friday, Lordstown travels to Bristol, while Youngstown Christian goes to Brookfield
LAKEVIEW 69, PYMATUNING VALLEY 55: CORTLAND – Tommy Bell had 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs pulled away from the Lakers.
Lakeview (1-3) outscored Pymatuning Valley (1-3) 27-13 in the final quarter.
Brandon Keller had 13 points, while Jake Pishotti added 12 and Ryan Pishotti added 10.
Quintin Ratliff led the Lakers and all scorers with 29 points.
Friday, Lakeview hosts Liberty, while Badger travels to PV.
GRAND VALLEY 70, NEWBURY 48: NEWBURY – Jake Vormelker had 31 points to lead the Mustangs past the Black Knights.
No information on Newbury was available.
The Mustangs (1-2) next play Friday when they host Mathews.
URSULINE 71, EAST 55: YOUNGSTOWN – Free-throw shooting played a big role in helping Ursuline pull away from East in the fourth quarter of a non-conference clash.
The Irish (2-1) led 45-40 entering the fourth quarter and went 13 of 17 from the line in the final 8 minutes to seal the win. Desmond McElroy, who led all scorers with 21, scored eight in the final stanza. Mark Hughes added 19 for Ursuline, and Greg Parella chipped in 16.
East (1-2) had four players score in double figures, but the Panthers’ highest mark was 14 by Anthony Reid.
The Irish host East Palestine at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
KENSTON 74, HOWLAND 45: CHAGRIN FALLS – A dominant second half allowed Kenston to run away with a non-conference matchup against Howland.
Three different Bombers scored in double figures, led by Brad Weemhoff’s 15 points. Joe Simmons registered 14 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter when he hit three of his four 3-pointers. Kenston, which led 32-21 at halftime, outscored Howland 42-24 in the final two quarters.
Reece Bogan led Howland (1-3) with 11 points.
The Tigers host Canfield at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
GIRARD 61, MAPLEWOOD 49: MECCA – Girard took a commanding first-half lead and never looked back in a non-conference rout of the Rockets.
The Indians (2-2) led 29-16 at intermission. Evan Standohar recorded 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. He was one of three players to reach double figures as Dylan O’Hara added 15 and Jimmy Standohar 11. Girard put the game out of reach by outscoring Maplewood 16-12 in the third quarter.
Nate Spitler paced the Rockets (2-2) with 13. Maplewood plays host to Windham on Friday.
POLAND 64, HUBBARD 39: HUBBARD – Danny Black had 13 points, while Jake Wolfe added 10 to lead the Bulldogs past the Eagles.
Poland had six 3-pointers.
Tyler Hodge, Brennean Wassil and Isiah Scott each scored six points for Hubbard.