HOWLAND 53, STRUTHERS 51: HOWLAND - Thanks to some clutch play down the stretch, Howland was able to hold off Struthers to pick up its second victory of the season.
Howland led entering the fourth, 46-40, but the Wildcats rallied, and actually took a lead. However, Reece Bogan made a key basket and Connor Antinone came away with a big-time steal to take back the lead. Struthers had the chance to tie it at the end, but the putback fell short.
Bogan led all scorers with 22 points. Tommy Carnifax chipped in 10 for the Tigers, who are now 2-4 on the season.
Austin Yemma paced Struthers with 15 points.
WINDHAM 87, MATHEWS 70: VIENNA - A high-scoring affair was decided early in the game, as Windham took control to beat Mathews in a Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.
The Bombers led, 27-25, after the first, but the second quarter was the difference. Windham outscored the Mustangs 24-10 - a deficit Mathews could not recover from in the second half.
Parker Rickey dominated the game for the Bombers (3-4, 2-1). He finished the night with 28 points - 12 from beyond the arc. He also had a team-high 15 rebounds. Jared Taylor also had a nice night, ending with 19 points.
Wyatt Ford paced the Mustangs in most categories. He had a team-high 22 points and 13 rebounds. He also had two assists. Cobie Pratt added 19. Mathews is now 4-3 (2-1).
WESTERN RESERVE 44, MINERAL RIDGE 43: BERLIN CENTER - The Blue Devils jumped to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter. Despite Mineral Ridge trying to forge rallies during the game, Western Reserve hung on to upset the Rams in Inter Tri-County League, Division II, play.
By half, Mineral Ridge closed the gap to 27-23. Western Reserve rallied out of the half to take back a 39-32 lead and held off Mineral Ridge in the fourth to get the victory.
Nolan Snyder paced the Blue Devils with 14 points.
Corey Phillips led the way for the Rams with 12 points.
MAPLEWOOD 72, BADGER 28: VERNON - After a slow start to the contest, Maplewood caught fire in the second quarter and rolled from there, defeating the Braves in a Northeastern Athletic Conference game.
The Rockets led 9-6 after the first, but by the half, the score was 27-12. In the second half, Maplewood outscored Badger 45-14.
The two Lukes of Maplewood led the way. Luke Evan had a team-high 14 points, while Luke Urchek added 10. The Rockets are now 4-2, 3-0.
Jared Meikle and Colton Kellogg each had six points for Badger (2-5, 0-3).
CANFIELD 55, POLAND 51, OT: CANFIELD - Poland rallied in the second half to send the game into overtime, but Canfield got the best of the Bulldogs in the extra frame.
At the half, Canfield led 31-27, but Poland rallied out of the locker rooms to tie the game at 47 after four quarters. However, Canfield found an extra wind, outscored Poland 8-4 in OT to come away with the win.
Jarret Vrabel had a double-double to pace Canfield (4-2, 4-1 AAC American). He had a game-high 22 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Andrew Midgley added 15.
Kyle Dixon led Poland (4-2, 4-1) with 17 points. Jacob Wolfe put in 14.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 53, LORDSTOWN 50: YOUNGSTOWN - The Eagles had to rally in order to beat the Red Devils at home in non-conference action.
Trailing 39-35 after three quarters, Youngstown Christian outscored Lordstown 18-11 in the final frame to pull off the victory. Shawn Staples led the way for the Eagles with a game-high 22 points, hitting four of his team's seven 3-pointers on the night.
Lordstown had three players reach double figures, starting with Preston Sutton's 16 points. Nick Johnson amassed 14 points, and Jake Jones chipped in with 13 in the losing effort.
NEWTON FALLS 60, CHAMPION 46: NEWTON FALLS - Four Tigers reached double figures in scoring to lead Newton Falls past the Golden Flashes in All-American Conference, National Division play.
Ozzie Hawkins led the way with 17 points, while Chris Greathouse drained five 3-pointers en route to a 16-point performance for the Tigers (4-3, 1-2). Jaden Walton and Adam Czerniak added 14 and 12, respectively.
Logan Cochran and Lucas Nasonti combined for 30 of Champion's points (Cochran with 17 and Nasonti with 13). Chris Miller chipped in with 11 in the losing effort.
CAMPBELL 64, LaBRAE 48: CAMPBELL - The Vikings suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Red Devils on Friday night.
Campbell (6-1, 4-0 AAC National) held LaBrae (4-1, 1-1 AAC National) to just 15 points in the first half and Davidson-recruit Peyton Aldridge to just 12 points throughout the game. The Vikings also committed 25 turnovers.
George Billris paced the Red Devils with 17 points, and Michael Williams contributed a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Daron Clickscale also had 12 points in the win.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 55, HUBBARD 52: AUSTINTOWN - The Falcons used a huge fourth quarter to pull off a come-from-behind win over the Eagles in AAC, American Division action.
Hubbard (2-3) led, 44-32, heading into the final 8 minutes, but Fitch (4-1) dropped 23 points in the fourth and held the Eagles to just 8 over that span to avoid the upset. A 21-of-29 effort from the charity stripe throughout the game also helped the Falcons come away with the win.
Jesse Driver and Alex DiFrancesco paced the Falcons with 12 points each, while Mike Butcher drained three from beyond the arc to accumulate 11 points.
Derek Kopanic had 12 points for Hubbard.
McDONALD 86, SEBRING 61: McDONALD - In a game in which both teams combined for 62 turnovers, the Blue Devils recorded a 33-point second quarter to blow past the Trojans in an Inter Tri-County League, Division II matchup.
Matt Seitz and Ken Greaver rocked the Sebring (3-4, 1-4) defense to account for more than half of McDonald's point total. Seitz recorded 25 points, while Greaver had 23 for the Blue Devils (4-1, 3-1).
Dylan Mick paced the Trojans with a game-high 26 points.
GRAND VALLEY 65, PYMATUNING VALLEY 62: ORWELL - Jake Vormelker scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Mustangs over the Lakers in a close NAC encounter.
Quintin Ratliff, who scored a game-high 25 points, put the Lakers (3-4, 1-2) up, 62-61, with about one-and-a-half minuets remaining, but Matt Larned hit a pair of of free throws to give Grand Valley (2-4, 1-2) the lead. On PV's ensuing possession, Vormelker and Gabe Kovats blocked consecutive shots, the last grabbed by Vormelker before he was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
Kovats added to Vormelker's effort for the Mustangs, scoring 15 points in the win. PV's Chase Thurber also had a big night, going for 19 points in the losing effort.