The Cardinals prevail in overtime duel, 54-52
By JOHN KOVACH
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
YOUNGSTOWN — Turnovers told the tale in Tuesday night’s high school basketball battle between rivals Cardinal Mooney and Boardman at the Cardinals’ gym that went into overtime.
The Spartans committed 19 turnovers, including the first three times they had the ball in overtime and the last time they had the ball in the game near the hoop that prevented them from getting off a final shot.
“We forced 19 turnovers tonight and to do that is a credit to us,” said Mooney coach Chris Kohl, whose Cardinals got one foul shot each from John Stoops and Jeff Chahine down the stretch to seal a 54-52 win after Boardman turned over its final attempt to tie.
“Our defense did a nice job. We had great team defense,” he said. “Coaches Mike Butch and Dave Petty set up our defense. We played a zone defense three-quarters of the time, blended together with man-to-man.”
Coach Jim Goske of Boardman (5-8) said turnovers doomed his team.
“We had turnovers the first three times we had the ball in overtime. That was worse than the turnover that we had at the end that prevented us from getting our last shot,” said Goske. But, “I’m not going to fault our turnover at the end. It was symptomatic of our game that was filled with turnovers.”
The turnovers prevented the Spartans from getting a lot of shots. They only had 36 attempts but made 19 of them. Mooney was 19 for 52.
JT Moore saved Boardman for overtime with his put-back on a missed shot from in close with four seconds left in regulation that created a 48-48 tie.
But Mooney capitalized on Boardman’s first two overtime turnovers when Danny Reese and Chahine both scored on fast breaks for a 52-48 advantage.
Trae Robinson had all four of Boardman’s final-quarter points on a goal and two foul shots, his final free throw drawing the Spartans within 53-52 with 10.2 seconds left.
But Chahine’s foul shot made it 54-52 with 8.8 seconds remaining.
Chahine finished with a game-high 21 points, including three 3-point goals, and added five rebounds to lead Mooney, while John Stoops and Ryan Gallagher added nine points apiece.
Dave DiBernardi led Boardman with 16 points, including four 3-point goals, while Moore added 11 before fouling out in overtime. Dayne Hammond chipped in with eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
DiBernardi had eight of his points in the second quarter that helped Boardman hold a 22-21 halftime lead, but Chahine tallied eight of his output in the third period to help Mooney carry a 39-33 advantage into the final quarter.
“One of our keys was that we beat Boardman on the boards,” said Kohl. “We outrebounded them (33-30). And we made foul shots toward the end of the game in the fourth quarter and overtime.”
Kohl lauded Danny Reese’s offensive leadership.
“Danny Reese did a nice job running the offense,” said Kohl.
Goske faulted Boardman’s offense.
“We have to learn to take care of the basketball,” he said, also blaming insufficient foul shots and rebounds.
“They were 12-for-19 in free throws and we were 7-for-13. And they had three more rebounds than us, 33-30. In a close game like this, turnovers, free throws and rebounds are key factors.”
But, “‘It was the kind of game that was very interesting. It was a physical game with bodies flying. The fans like it but it is a coach’s nightmare.”