Howland proves too much for Austintown Fitch

AUSTINTOWN — The Howland Tigers put together an outstanding performance as they pulled away for a 63-42 road win against the Austintown Fitch Falcons.

“This was maybe our most complete performance of the year,” Howland coach Dan Bubon said. “Defense was solid the whole way through and offensively we played with a lot of confidence for a team who is coming off of shooting 29 percent in our last game.

“It’s always hard fought with Fitch, I thought we could defend them like we did, the X-Factor was if we were going to make shots or not. Once we opened up a lead I felt really good.”

The Falcons started the second quarter scoring five unanswered points to take the lead 15-13. That’s when Howland stepped on the gas and went on an 18-2 run. The Tigers put up 28 points in the second quarter compared to Austintown’s 12.

“These kids just work,” Bubon said. “They’re so tough and they all take it upon themselves to not be the guy that doesn’t box out.”

Howland’s leading scorer on the season, Connor Tamarkin, only had six points on the night, but Tamarkin lead the team in rebounds with seven.

“We wouldn’t be as good of a rebounding team as we are without Tamarkin,” Bubon said. “He just finds his way in there, and his timing is great.”

Jonah Weisman led the Tigers (13-5, 8-3 All-American Conference Red Tier) in scoring Friday with 13 points. Frankie Manios was second with 11 points, all of which came in the second quarter. The Tigers had 10 players netting at least 1 point on the night. Senior Samari Dean put up 10 points on the night, nine from behind the arc.

Fitch (8-9, 5-6) had a deep bench with 11 total players getting points. Emmanuel Dawkins led the Falcons with 9 points. Randy Smith had 7 points on the night. Cole Constance led the team in rebounds with 7.

“We have three non-conference games coming up that are rivalry games,” Bubon said, Girard, Niles and Kennedy. Kennedy’s always a big game for these guys.

“We’re just gonna keep playing good basketball, we think we’re gonna be the second or third seed in our tournament and we want to get on a good roll heading into that tournament and try to make a run at the district final.”

The Falcons head to Youngstown to face Ursuline. Howland returns home against Girard.