Springfield edges Poland in five overtimes

Staff report

¯ SPRINGFIELD 79, POLAND 70 (5OT): NEW MIDDLETOWN — The host Tigers outlasted the Bulldogs in a non-league thriller.

The game was tight throughout, with the Tigers leading 25-20 at halftime and the Bulldogs head 33-32 entering the fourth quarter. From there, period stoppages were tied at 44 entering overtime and then tied at 49, 55, 62 and 67 before Springfield willed out a 12-5 advantage in the fifth extra session.

R.J. Smith scored 31 points for Springfield, going 18-for-21 from the free-throw line. Adam Wharry added 23 points.

Poland got 19 points from Ross Dedo, 16 from Andrew Cenofanti and 10 from Michael Gordon.

¯ BOARDMAN 66, CANFIELD 43: CANFIELD — Though Canfield contained Boardman’s star player Ethan Andersen, holding him to nine points, the Spartans put together a solid team effort with three players in double figures.

Seth Cervello led all scorers in the game with 14 points, and Anthony Hightower and Luke Ryan tallied 10 apiece for Boardman, which led 18-14 after one quarter, 35-25 at halftime and 57-35 after three quarters.

Canfield (5-8) was led by Trey Dye with 13 points and Zane Muckleroy with 11.

¯ STRUTHERS 75, GIRARD 36: STRUTHERS — The host Wildcats led 21-5 after one quarter and rolled past the Indians.

Sal Shaffer scored 15 points, Ronnie Leonard netted 14 and Trey Metzka added 13 points to lead Struthers.

Gus Johnson scored 13 and Bobby Alejars contributed 10 for the Indians.

¯ McDONALD 91, LIBERTY 74: LIBERTY — The visiting Blue Devils erupted for 28 points in each of the first two quarters and led 56-44 at halftime, as Miles Culp scored 31 points and Jake Portolese added 28 on the strength of six 3-pointers.

Anthony Ragazzine added 13 points and Eli Street scored 10 as McDonald had a 42-18 scoring advantage from beyond the 3-point arc.

James Davis led the Leopards with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds and. Jameer Weaver scored 17 points and Rashad Chambers added 13.

¯ LOWELLVILLE 61, COLUMBIANA 49: COLUMBIANA — Vinny Ballone poured in 25 points and a key 17-5 second-quarter advantage lifted Lowellville over Columbiana.

The big second stanza put the Rockets on top 28-18 at halftime. Cole Bunofsky added 11 points to support Ballone.

Columbiana got a 19-point performance from Anthony Hall, and Dalton Whitehair added 10 points.

¯ NEWTON FALLS 78, CAMPBELL 48: NEWTON FALLS — Joey Kline supplied 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the host Tigers downed the Red Devils.

Collin Michaels scored 17 points and Skevos Kouos added 13 for Campbell.

¯ JACKSON-MILTON 56, MINERAL RIDGE 55, OT: MINERAL RIDGE — The Blue Jays outscored the Rams 5-4 in the overtime period to pick up the victory.

Cole Grope scored 15 points, Nick McGinnis had 10, AJ Bouch tallied nine and Frank Prozy contributed eight in a balanced effort.

Mineral Ridge was led by Zach James with 16 points, Jalen Royal-Eiland with 11 and Devon Winford and Austin Governor who scored eight points each.

¯ LISBON 69, WESTERN RESERVE 56: LISBON — The host Blue Devils got 25 points from Blayne Brownfield and 18 from Ryan McCullough.

Ryan Gordon’s 23 points paced Western Reserve.

¯ LEETONIA 53, SEBRING 44: LEETONIA — The Bears clawed out to a 22-8 cushion after the first quarter and hung on to top the Trojans.

Dylan Lennon scored 15 points, Ian Davis added 14 and Marco Ferry supplied 11 points for Leetonia (3-6).

Dylan Johnson’s 17 points paced Sebring (3-11). Frankie Lozoya scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds for the Trojans.

¯ URBAN SCHOLARS 58, EAST PALESTINE 41: EAST PALESTINE — George Peeples scored 21 points and the visiting Hawks outscored the Bulldogs in every period. Nick Grier added eight points for Urban Academy.

Dominic Wycoff led East Palestine with 17 points.

¯ HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 72, SOUTHERN 62: SALINEVILLE — Joey Donofrio scored 25 points for the Lions in a win over Southern.

Donofrio had a game-high while being followed up by Steven Baker with 18 points and Jonathan Bertovich with 17.

Heartland moves to 9-3 on the season.


¯ URSULINE 67, HUBBARD 51: YOUNGSTOWN — Four Irish scored in double digits and a fifth just missed, as host Ursuline pulled away from the Eagles with a 25-11 scoring advantage in the final quarter.

Anisah Moorman led the Irish (6-4) with 21 points, Alayna Smith and Jamie Nelson scored 11 apiece and Rachel Fabry had 10. Lily Scott finished with nine.

Hubbard (2-5) got a big effort from Sophie Murphy, who netted 27 points. Mary Franges added eight points.

¯ SOUTHERN 65, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 47: SALINEVILLE — For the first time since 1982, a Southern girls basketball player scored 51 points. Freshman Ashley Shroades reached the mark, tying a single-game scoring record in a win over Heartland Christian. The freshman has averaged a double-double this season and also brought down 17 rebounds in the contesg against the Lions.

Heartland junior Madi Matthews continued her strong season, scoring 32 points for the Lions.



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