West Branch goes down to the wire with Clips
COLUMBIANA — West Branch held Columbiana scoreless in the final 90 seconds to pull out a 45-39 win Tuesday night.
The Warriors improve to 17-4 and have 49 wins over the last three seasons. The Clippers finish the regular season at 18-4.
Reese Leone and Nick Everett each scored 12 points to lead the Warriors.
West Branch opened up a pair of 11-point leads early in the second quarter at 15-4 and 17-6 before Columbiana closed the gap to 26-19 at halftime.
The Warriors scored at the buzzer to take a 34-33 lead through three quarters.
Columbiana stayed close in the fourth quarter, trailing 39-38 with 2:30 to play and 41-39 with 1:32 remaining.
The Clippers had the ball, but turned it over with 33 seconds left. Off the West Branch inbounds play, Everett passed to Leone for a layup and foul at the 29-second mark.
Dru DeShields grabbed the offensive rebound off the missed free throw and Leone made a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 45-39 lead with 16 seconds to go.
Sean Whitehead topped the Clippers with 12 points. Hunter Zentner collected nine points, six rebounds and two steals, Matthew Mazei grabbed eight rebounds and Carter Pasco made two steals.
West Branch also won the junior varsity game, 56-36.
The Warriors will play at Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday
W. BRANCH: 12-14- 8-11–45
COLUMBIANA: 4-15-14- 6–39
WEST BRANCH SCORING: Nick Everett 5-2-12, Jaxon Hendershott 1-0-3, Reese Leone 4-2-12, Nick Pidgeon 1-0-3, Dru DeShields 3-0-6, Nick Scarpitti 3-0-7, Cohen Lamp 1-0-2, Juistin Goode 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 18, 4-6: 45.
COLUMBIANA SCORING: Hunter Zentner 3-2-9, Carter Pasco 1-0-3, Ryan Fahs 1-0-3, Sean Whitehead 6-0-12, Matthew Mazei 3-1-7, Zach Clark 0-0-0, Dalton Whitehair 2-0-5, Quenton Cross 0-0-0, Hunter Woodring 0-0-0, Xathon Cross 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 16-34, 3-7: 39.
Three-point goals: West Branch 5 (Leone 2, Hendershott, Pidgeon, Scarpitti), Columbiana 4-12 (Zentner, Pasco, Fahs, Whitehair).
LEETONIA — Crestview took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a 56-54 win over Leetonia on Tuesday.
The Rebels improve to 7-14 overall.
Kirkland Miller topped the Rebels with 13 points. Jack Yerkey collected 12 points and nine rebounds, Drake Golden 10 points and seven rebounds, Anthony Cusick scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter to go along with five rebounds and Brandon Yanssens had five assists and three steals
Dylan Lennon and Ian Davis each scored 15 points for the Bears. Marco Ferry added nine points.
Leetonia won the junior varsity game, 35-33. Jacob McCool led the Bears with 15 points. Nick Novak scored nine points for the Rebels.
Crestview closes out the regular season at Heartland on Friday.
CRESTVIEW: 13- 8-20-15–56
CRESTVIEW SCORING: Brandon Yannsens 1-1-3, Kirkland Miller 5-2-13, Drake Golden 4-1-10, Tony Perorazio 2-0-5, Connner Hughes 2-0-4, Jack Yerkey 5-2-12, Anthony Cusick 2-4-9. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 10-25: 56.
LEETONIA SCORING: Patrick Hull 2-0-6, Luke Gregorino 0-0-0, Sefton Houelette 0-0-0, Dylan Lennon 5-2-15, Joseph Guido 1-2-5, Marco Ferry 4-1-9, Timmy Finch 2-0-4, Ian Davis 5-2-15. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 7-12: 54.
Three-point goals: Crestview 4 (Miller, Golden, Perorazio, Cusick), Leetonia 9 (Lennon 3, Davis 3, Hull 2, Guido).
Malvern 73, United 48
MALVERN — Derk Hutchison scored 22 points through three quarters in leading Malvern past United, 73-48, Tuesday.
John Browning added 15 points and Michael Minot 12 for the Hornets, who led 22-8 in the first quarter.
Nate Miller topped United with 18 points. Keaton Baker added eight points.
Malvern also won the junior varsity game, 50-27.
United closes out the regular season at Salem on Friday.
UNITED SCORING: Parker Berdine 2-2-6, Keaton Baker 3-0-8, Nevin Hahlen 1-0-3, Cody Mitchell 0-0-0, Nate Miller 8-2-18, Steffen Jarrett 1-1-3, Grant Knight 1-0-2, Ward Kiko 1-1-3, Kaleb Nasteri 1-0-3, Colby Cooper 1-0-2, Brendon Keshock 0-0-0, Nick Hardgrove 0-0-0, Trenton Mango 0-0-0, Bryce McKenzie 0-0-0, Jack Mercer 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 6-7: 48.
MALVERN SCORING: Derk Hutchison 10-0-22, Kenneth Martin 2-0-4, Jake Onul 1-0-2, John Browning 7-0-15, Michael Minor 5-2-12, Trent Severs 2-0-6, Max Earl 0-0-0, Davair Williams 1-0-2, Noah Ball 1-0-2, D. Delong 1-0-3, Z. Untch 0-0-0, KJ Thomas 0-0-0, T. Phillips 1-0-3, C. Leferre 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 32, 2-2: 73.
Three-point goals: United 4 (Baker 2, Hahlen, Nasteri), Malvern 2 (Browning, Delong).