BOYS ROUNDUP: Maplewood outlasts wild Chalker comeback

SOUTHINGTON – After a 14-point first half, Chalker came storming back to force overtime, but they ran out of steam as Maplewood pulled away in the extra session for a 69-63 Northeastern Athletic Conference win.

Chalker (6-12) dropped 49 points in the second half. Jacob Zolna led the way, connecting on all three of his 3-pointers in the third quarter and scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half. Brendan Baugher recorded nine of his 15 in the second half, while Eric Wilson scored all but two of his 11 in the fourth quarter.

In overtime, Maplewood’s Kevin Jones took care of business from the charity stripe, scoring all six of the Rockets’ points. He finished with 20, and Luke Urchek had 12 – all but two of which came in the first half.

NILES 60, LIBERTY 55: LIBERTY – Behind a double-double from Justin Lopes and a game-high 19 points from Marcus Hill, Niles upset Liberty in non-conference action.

The third quarter doomed the Leopards. In that frame, they were outscored 16-6, giving Niles a 42-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Liberty tried to rally in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough.

Lopes scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Red Dragons (7-8). Marcus Hill scored 19 points.

Lynn Bowden was the leading man for Liberty, scoring 19. Asim Pleas added 18.

MINERAL RIDGE 58, JACKSON-MILTON 32: MINERAL RIDGE – Not only did the Rams pick up the Inter Tri-County League, Division II, victory on Tuesday night, they also did something that is rarely seen on any level of basketball.

Mineral Ridge only fouled the Blue Jays twice in the game – both in the first half. In turn, Jackson-Milton did not attempt a free throw in the game.

On the other hand, the Rams were 12 of 15 from the charity stripe. Corey Phillips scored a game-high 19 points. Ryan Nutter added 15 points for the Rams (10-7).

Jeremy Fitzpatrick and Alex Thornburg each scored 11 points for Jackson-Milton.

BRISTOL 85, GRAND VALLEY 45: BRISTOLVILLE – The Panthers jumped to a big lead early and never looked back, beating Grand Valley in a Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

Bristol led, 42-19, at the half and made 10 3-pointers on the night. Leading the way was Brandon Lee, who scored a game-high 30 points – 12 coming in the third quarter. Johnny Simcox also had a big night, dropping 20. The Panthers are now 12-6, 6-4)

Jake Vormelker led Grand Valley with 19.

URSULINE 62, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 55: LOUISVILLE – Greg Parella scored a career-high 25 points to lead Ursuline past St. Thomas Aquinas.

Eight of Parella’s points came in the fourth quarter, sealing the Irish victory. Fifteen of those points came from 3-point range.

Paul Jackson added 10 points for Ursuline (11-5).

POLAND 64, BOARDMAN 34: BOARDMAN – It was a complete team effort that led the Bulldogs past the Spartans in non-conference action.

In all, 13 different Poland players scored in the victory. The highest scorer was Jared Burkert’s nine points, which all came in the first half. The Bulldogs also made nine 3-pointers.

Preston Stitt and Brian Fryda each scored nine for Boardman.

GIRARD 68, STRUTHERS 60: GIRARD – Dylan O’Hara had 12 of his 25 points in the second quarter as the Indians held off the Wildcats.

Chaston Williams and Evan Standohar each added 13, while Jimmy Standohar put in 10 for Girard (13-2). Evan Standohar had 11 rebounds as well.

RaQuan Phifer led Struthers with 25 points, while Austin Yemma chipped in 20.

Friday, Girard hosts LaBrae in a pivotal All-American Conference, National Division game.

MATHEWS 85, LEDGEMONT 56: THOMPSON – Wyatt Ford nearly earned a triple-double and was a big part of an early run by the Mustangs in a Northeastern Athletic Conference victory over Ledgemont.

Ford recorded 27 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out seven assists for Mathews (7-8, 5-5). He scored nine in the first quarter, and Wade Sharp added eight of his 22. Cobie Pratt registered 13 points, and Jeremy Forsythe chipped in 12 for the Mustangs, who play host to Maplewood on Friday.

Steven Conklin led the Redskins with 19 points.

McDONALD 98, LEETONIA 54: McDONALD – Four players combined for 83 points in a dominant Inter Tri-County League victory by McDonald.

Matt Seitz led the Blue Devils with a game-high 32 points. Kenny Greaver added 19, Brad Woodley poured in 18 and Jake Reckard added 14. McDonald led by 19 entering the fourth quarter and erased any chance at a comeback with a 37-12 advantage in the fourth.

Josh Faulkner paced Leetonia with 14 points.

HUBBARD 45, LAKEVIEW 33: HUBBARD – Hubbard dominated the first half and cruised to a non-conference victory over the Bulldogs.

Alex Greathouse scored six of his 12 points in the first quarter, when the Eagles raced out to a 16-5 lead. Eight players in all scored for Hubbard.

Lakeview’s Jake Pishotti led all scorers with 13 points.

PYMATUNING VALLEY 68, BLOOMFIELD 34: NORTH BLOOMFIELD – The Lakers cruised to a NAC win over the Cardinals.

Quintin Ratliff paced PV with 13 points, and Travis Kiser added another 12, as 11 Lakers made the scoresheet.

Cody Turner recorded a game-high 17 points for Bloomfield.

GARFIELD 57, CHAMPION 41: GARRETTSVILLE – Although the Golden Flashes connected on nine 3-pointers, the G-Men won comfortably in non-conference action.

Anthony Workman and Nick Jurcevic paced Garfield with 25 and 19 points, respectively.

Chris Miller amassed 14 points to lead Champion.