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MATHEWS 62, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 42: VIENNA – In Mathews’ regular-season finale, Wyatt Ford had yet another double double, leading the Mustangs over Heartland Christian.
Ford finished with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
In the game, Mathews drained seven 3-pointers, two each by Cobie Pratt and Clay O’Dell.
The Mustangs are now 9-13 and will open tournament play on Tuesday at Bristol.
STRUTHERS 61, NILES 60, OT: NILES – The Red Dragons erased a five-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, but couldn’t beat the Wildcats in the extra period.
Struthers won the extra frame, 6-5, thanks to four points from Ray’Quan Phifer and another two from Dalton Moore. The two led the Wildcats in scoring, as Moore finished with 20 points off five 3-pointers and Phifer had 15.
Marcus Hill recorded a big night for Niles, dropping a team-high 20 points with nine coming in the third quarter. Cameron Kane led the charge in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring seven of his 13 points in that span.
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LEETONIA-Mineral Ridge’s Zac Hagy tied a school record with 51 points as the Rams beat Leetonia Friday, 78-69.
Hagy hit 17 field goals, including four 3-pointers, as well as 13 free throws in his record-tying effort.
Jonathan Baker added 10 points for Mineral Ridge (13-9).
Josh Faulkner had 20 points for Leetonia as the Bears closed out the regular season at 5-17. Evan Davis and James Shea chipped in with 15 and 14 points apiece.
LaBRAE 70, CARDINAL 49: MIDDLEFIELD – Peyton Aldridge was two assists away from a quadruple double as the Vikings handled the Huskies.
Aldridge led LaBrae (17-5) with 22 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks and eight assists. He had 11 of his 22 in the third quarter as the Vikings outscored Cardinal (11-11), 19-7.
Marcell Richardson had 16 of his 20 points in the first half for LaBrae as the Vikings held a 38-22 lead.
Then, Grant Sprague had a career-high 16 points – 10 of them prior to intermission.
Jake Bosak and Jake DiBlasio each had 13 points for Cardinal.
McDONALD 87, CHAMPION 59: CHAMPION – Matt Seitz led the Blue Devils with 16 points in the first quarter as McDonald rolled to a 26-9 first-quarter lead over the host Golden Flashes.
Seitz ended with a game-high 30 points and five 3-pointers for McDonald (18-3), while Kenny Greaver added 22. Anthony Pugh and Zack Fedyski each had 10 points.
Lucas Nasonti paced Champion (1-21) with 17 points, while Eric Karafa added 13.
LAKE 66, URSULINE 60: YOUNGSTOWN – Alex Belinsky had six of his 17 points in the first quarter as the Blue Streaks took a commanding 17-3 lead.
Mitchell Spotleson added 20 points for Lake (20-2), while Chandler Vaudrin added 10.
Mark Hughes led Ursuline (13-7) with 18 points, Dave Collins had 17 and Greg Parella chipped in 10.
WELLSVILLE 69, LOWELLVILLE 66: LOWELLVILLE – Nate Scott had 20 points and became the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,555 points in the win.
Wellsville (20-2, 14-0 Inter Tri-County League, Division II) swept the season series from the Rockets (17-4, 10-4) and made nine 3-pointers. Each of the Tigers’ double-figure scores had at least one triple – Scott, Jordan Sloan (17), Camden Douglas (16) and Seth Bradford (13).
Nick Ballone paced Lowellville with 26 points.
ST. IGNATIUS 63, EAST 37: CLEVELAND – East couldn’t overcome 28 turnovers as it dropped a non-conference game to St. Ignatius.
Eric Black led the Wildcats (15-6) with 19 points.
Terrell McClain paced East (5-13) with 16 points and five blocked shots.
CANFIELD 63, SALEM 55: CANFIELD – It took a quarter for Canfield to warm up, but the Cardinals turned it on in the second half to come away with the victory.
Canfield trailed, 27-21, at half, but came out of the locker room to outscore the Quakers, 42-28, to get the win.
Mason Mangapora and Andrew Midgely led Canfield with 17 points each.
D.J. Pullie paced Salem with 18 points.
NILES 66, LAKEVIEW 48: NILES – Four Red Dragons scored in double figures as Niles rolled past Lakeview.
Niles jumped to a 22-13 lead after the first and rolled from there.
Marcus Hill had the biggest night for Niles, scoring 20 points. Muhammad Salaam followed with 16 points. Justin Lopes and James Tate each scored 11.
Ryan Pishotti was the lone Bulldogs in double figures with 11 points.
GIRARD 67, HUBBARD 48: HUBBARD – The Indians outscored the Eagles 40-15 in the second half to pull away for the non-conference win in the regular-season finale.
Four Indians’ were in double digits, including Jimmy Standohar with a game-high 16 points. Behind him were Dylan O’Hara (15), Deonte Brown (14) and Evan Standohar (11). Girard concludes the regular season at 18-3.
Adam Hammond led Hubbard with 10 points.
HOWLAND 76, BOARDMAN 52: BOARDMAN – It was a big night for Howland’s Julian Lanier as he led the Tigers over Boardman on their senior night.
Lanier drained six 3-pointers on the way to his game-high 26 points. Also in double figures for Howland was Evan Steele and Tommy Carnifax – both with 11. Connor Antinone added 10 for the Tigers, who are now 6-15.
Ryan McKeown led Boardman (2-20) with 13 points.
POLAND 62, STRUTHERS 57: STRUTHERS – In a close rivalry game, the Bulldogs rode a big night from Jared Burkert to hold off the Wildcats in AAC American action.
Burkert connected on five 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Poland, which by just two points at the end of the third. Outside of Danny Black’s 11 points, no other Bulldog reached double figures.
Struthers’ Ray’Quan Phifer matched Burkert’s performance with 21 points of his own. He struggled early, going scoreless in the first quarter and had just five at halftime before exploding in the second half.
Kyle George drained four shots from the beyond the arc and totaled 14 points in the losing effort.
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CONNEAUT 50, BADGER 45, OT: CONNEAUT – Conneaut outscored Badger, 9-4, in overtime to pull away in a non-conference game.
The Spartans (5-15) overcame a terrible night from the free-throw line, where they shot 16 of 36. Justin Myers and Ryan Oatman combined for 34 of Conneaut’s points, with 18 and 16, respectively.
Brandon Bates of Badger (6-15) led all scorers with 22 points. The Braves led, 32-28, before being outscored 13-9 in the fourth.
LAKEVIEW 46, SOUTH RANGE 36: CANFIELD – Three Bulldogs scored in double figures to give Lakeview the non-conference victory.
Lakeview’s Jake Rosowicz scored 12 points, all coming from 3-point range. Jake Pishotti had 11 points while Brandon Keller had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Bulldogs are now 4-17 and conclude the regular season on Friday against Niles.
Jonah Wilson led South Range (4-17) with 13 points.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 69, BOARDMAN 59: AUSTINTOWN – The underdog Spartans kept the game close through three quarters, but the Falcons rallied in the fourth to pick up the victory over their rival.
Boardman had a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Fitch outscored the Spartans, 22-11, to close out the game.
Jessie Driver led Fitch (17-3) with 18 points, followed by Michael Butcher (16) and Alex DiFrancesco (15).
Brian Fryda had seven 3-pointers en route to his 23 points. Ryan McKeown added 12 points for the Spartans (2-19).
NEWTON FALLS 64, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 41: NEWTON FALLS – Ozzie Hawkins had 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers pulled away from the Eagles, 23-8.
Jaden Walton added 12 for Newton Falls (13-9), which has a layoff until Feb. 28 when the fourth-seeded Tigers host the winner of the Garfield-Brookfield sectional semifinal in a Division III Howland District sectional final.
Darien Townsend led Youngstown Christian with 12 points.