BEDFORD - Warren G. Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich was more than pleased with his team's 30-point effort in the third quarter. The other three quarters, however, were a different story.
The Raiders combined for a total of 23 points in the first, second and fourth quarters and couldn't hold off Bedford as the Raiders fell, 57-53, in a Lake Erie League contest.
"We played good basketball in the third," Vlajkovich said. "The energy was good, the chemistry was good. The other quarters was a different story."
After a four-point second quarter, the Raiders were down 23-14 going into halftime. But Harding came out of the gate strong in the third, outscoring the Bearcats, 30-17, in the third stanza.
Unfortunately, the Raiders couldn't keep the flow going, and Bedford outscored them 17-9 in the final frame.
Anthony Bell paced the Raiders (7-6) with 16 points. O'sha Jackson scored 11 and Gregory Jackson added 10.
Harding is back in action Tuesday at Maple Heights.
LOWELLVILLE 66, McDONALD 64: LOWELLVILLE - Lowellville celebrated twice against McDonald Friday night.
After the Rockets' Paolo Depasquale made a mid-range jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to put Lowellville ahead 66-64, McDonald quickly inbounded the ball and threw up a half-court shot that was off the mark. The floor flooded with students, but quickly receded when it was realized McDonald coach Jeff Rasile called a timeout.
With the reset, the Blue Devils managed to get the ball in the hands of Matt Seitz, but his 3-point attempt from the corner didn't fall, and the students again stormed the floor.
The Rockets (9-4, 6-3) had good reason to celebrate. It was only the second victory over McDonald in the last 10 years.
Lowellville led 56-44 at the end of the third quarter but McDonald fought its way back. Kenny Greaver scored 11 in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils tied the game at 64 with 10 seconds remaining.
The Rockets beat the McDonald press up the floor and the ball wound up in the hands of Depasquale, who faded from above the foul line to make the game winner. He finished with 11 points and five assists.
Nick Ballone had a game-high 23 points for the Rockets.
Greaver and Seitz each led McDonald with 20. Stephen Politano added 12 for the Blue Devils.
EAST 70, URSULINE 45: YOUNGSTOWN - East had a slim first-quarter lead over the Fighting Irish, but a huge second half propelled the Panthers past Ursuline.
The score was 31-29 at the break, but East came out with a fury in the second half, outscoring the Irish 39-16. Leading the Panthers in the second half was Taylor Johnson with 13 points and Deontay Scott with 10. Johnson finished the game with 24 points and Scott had 19.
East improved to 10-4 on the season.
Desmond McElroy paced Ursuline (5-7) with 14 points. Ryan Strollo and Kevin Jackson each added 10.
CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC 77, JOHN F. KENNEDY 41: WARREN - The Ironmen jumped to a 15-point lead to start the game and eased to a North Coast League victory over the Eagles.
The Ironmen kept the lead throughout the game, using a 29-of-50 shooting performance. Cleveland Central Catholic improved to 10-3.
Dominic Naples led the Eagles with 17 points on an 8-for-13 shooting night. John Hilty added 12 points for Kennedy, which is now 3-10 on the season.
LAKEVIEW 63, CHAMPION 49: CHAMPION - It was a one-point game through the first quarter, but the Bulldogs then outscored Champion 22-8 in the second to separate themselves for the victory.
A big part of the second-quarter push was the play of Lakeview's Jake Pishotti. He scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the second. Lakeview's Ryan Pishotti added 12 points as the Bulldogs improved to 3-10 on the season.
Champion (2-13) tried to make a push in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough. Clay Hall paced the Golden Flashes with 18 points.
BROOKFIELD 64, CONNEAUT 41: BROOKFIELD - Four Brookfield players put up double digits, and the Warriors used a big fourth quarter to extend its winning streak to six games.
The game got tight in the third quarter, but Brookfield's Ryan Mosora had three steals, which turned into six points, and gave the Warriors the boost to go on a 24-11 run in the fourth quarter.
Mosora was one of the four Brookfield players to score in double figures with 13 points. Jeremy Quinlan led all scorers with 20 points, and brother Jimmy Quinlan added 12. Collin Harkulich had 10.
The Warriors are now 10-1 on the season and take on Campbell Tuesday.
LIBERTY 80, CAMPBELL 63: LIBERTY - The Leopards used a big fourth quarter to solidify the victory over Campbell in an All-American Conference, National Division contest.
Liberty had the 53-45 lead at the end of the third quarter but extended it in the fourth, outscoring the Red Devils 27-18 in the period.
It was a quality shooting night for the Leopards as they shot 61 percent from the field. Asim Pleas led the Leopards with 18 points and Cameron Clark added 16. D.J. Hight grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. The Leopards are now 7-6 on the season.
Daron Clinkscale led the Red Devils with 13 points.
MAPLEWOOD 83, BLOOMFIELD 33: MECCA - Maplewood hit a season-high nine 3s in a Northeastern Athletic Confernece rout of Bloomfield.
Maplewood (10-4, 5-1 NAC) was up 44-9 at the half. Kevin Jones scored 15 of his game-high 22 in the first two quarters. He hit three of his team-high four 3s before halftime. Nate Spitler added 10 of his 17 before the break. Dan Denman chipped in 10 for the Rockets, who play Grand River Academy at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Maplewood.
Isaiah Noce paced Bloomfield with nine points.
CANTON McKINLEY 45, BOARDMAN 35: BOARDMAN - Hollis Alexander and Paul Ortiz had 12 and 11 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Spartans in Federal League play.
Sam Mathey led Boardman with 11 points, while Ryan McKeown added 10.
POLAND 64, HUBBARD 44: HUBBARD - Jacob Wolfe and Kyle Dixon each had three 3-pointers and 15 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Eagles.
Derek Kopanic had a game-high 18 points to lead Hubbard.
WINDHAM 78, WOODRIDGE 64: WINDHAM - Matt Knight had 21 points, and Parker Rickey added 20 as the Bombers took care of the Bulldogs in a Portage Trail Conference, County Division matchup.
Windham took a 37-26 halftime lead, but Woodridge started off the third quarter with a 9-0 run to climb within two points. the Bombers responded and eventually pushed the lead out to 14 points by the end.
Cameron Pozsgai recorded a double-double for the Bombers, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Anthony Mong paced the Bulldogs with 15 points.
MATHEWS 87, SOUTHINGTON 56: VIENNA - Mathews got off to a quick start en route to an easy win against Southington.
Mathews led by 10 after one and put the game out of reach by scoring 31 points in the second, leading by 22 at the half.
Andy Morgan scored 23 points for Mathews, Aaron Suchanek added 18 and Tommy Sharp chipped in with 14, hitting four 3-pointers for the Mustangs.
Jacob Zolna was the leading scorer for Southington with 15. Travis Lehmamn scored 12, Eric Wilson poured in 10 for the Tigers.
CRESTVIEW 72, JACKSON-MILTON 37: COLUMBIANA - Crestview shutdown the Blue Jays after the first quarter for the big win
Crestview led 17-12 after the first quarter, and limited Jakcson-Milton to just 14 total points in the second and third quarters.
Robert Logan led the scoring attack for Crestview, dropping 22. Derek Bable scored 15, and Drew Batchelor scored 10. Jackson-Milton's Chris Dolin was the leading scorer with 12.