By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
FIELD 58, SPRINGFGIELD 44
The Falcons were able to avenge an early season loss to the Spartans earning a victory on Monday in a Metro Athletic Conference matchup.
Braxton Baumberger led the way with 24 points, while Manny Smith neared a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The score was 24-18, but the Falcons (2-10, 1-7 MAC) captured their first league win with a strong second half, outscoring Springfield 34-26.
RAVENNA 72, CLOVERLEAF 50
The Ravens rode the wave a huge offensive second half to earn the MAC victory over the visiting Colts.
After Ravenna set a 26-25 advantage by halftime, the Ravens scored 46 second-half points to pull away from Cloverleaf.
The Ravens buried nine 3-pointers in the game, with Maykai O’Neal (14 points) hitting four of them and Mason Ross (team-high 18 points) connecting for three.
Pavel Henderson was a third Raven in double figures with 12 points, while Justice Haven added nine points for Ravenna.
Logan Forbes was the top scorer for the Colts with 18 points.
ROOTSTOWN 61, ACADEMY FOR URBAN SCHOLARS 37
Ryan Piscitani scored 15 points and Cameron Mahone added 14 for the Rovers in a home victory over the Academy for Urban Scholars.
Brady Fillmore, who hit a pair of 3-pointers, also found double-digits for Rootstown with 12 points.
Rootstown’s defense held its opposition to a pair of single-digit scoring quarters, with four points in the second quarter and only seven in the fourth quarter.
WINDHAM 86, BRISTOL 55
The Bombers put authored a statement win on Tuesday to defeat the Panthers at Marty Hill Court.
Windham outscored Bristol 28-2 in the final quarter to blow the game wide open.
Senior Chase Eye scored a career-high 30 points in the victory, including 11 made field goals with four being 3-pointers.
Carlos Bruton scored 17, Lucas Churchill had 16 and Zack Turk added 12 points for a well-balanced Bombers offensive effort.
Churchill added four 3-pointers of his own.
WATERLOO 40, NEW MIDDLETOWN SPRINGFIELD 37
The Vikings snagged a huge Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference victory over Springfield on Tuesday in Atwater.
Senior Navarre Alhassan had another big fourth quarter to help propel the win.
In a 24-point effort, Alhassan scored 12 points over the final eight minutes of play.
As important as his finish was offensively, it was the Vikings’ defensive performance in the second half that was equally crucial.
Waterloo held the Tigers to only three points in the third quarter and only 11 points total over the second half.