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Heartland delivers again

COLUMBIANA — The spotlight is getting brighter on Heartland Christian.

The Lions won for the 12th time in 13 games by pulling away from Brookfield for a 66-57 win Thursday night.

Joey Donofrio and Jonathan Bertovich combined for 42 points to lead the charge.

Donofrio scored 22 points, while Bertovich collected 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Heartland improves to 16-4 on the season, while Brookfield drops to 9-10.

The Lions rallied from an early 10-3 deficit to take control.

They led 27-22 at halftime and 43-39 through three quarters.

Brookfield got within one point at 54-53, but Steven Baker made two free throws and Bertovich had a steal and reverse layup to give the Lions a 58-53 with 1:24 remaining in the game.

A Donofrio block led to a Luke Reynolds fastbreak layup to make it 60-53 with 51 seconds left.

Brookfield’s Isiah Jones had two late baskets, but Bertovich was 4-for-4 from the foul line and Donofrio added two more free throws in the final 36 seconds as the Lions pulled away.

Heartland will host Crestview on Saturday. Crestview split the regular-season series with Brookfield.

BROOKFIELD: 11-11-15-20–57

HEARTLAND: 12-15-16-23–66

Southern 50, Lisbon 37

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local is playing championship defense.

The Indians held Lisbon to 11 second-half points on the way to a 50-37 win Thursday and their first league championship.

Southern beat Lisbon for the second night in a row to improve to 13-5 overall and 11-2 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference. The Indians can win the title outright with a win at Leetonia tonight.

“That was a goal of ours going into the game,” Southern coach Gerard Grimm said. “When we got back into things after our quarantine a couple of weeks ago, we sat down and talked about what needed to be done the last two weeks.”

Now the Indians have a share of their first boys basketball league title in school history.

“That was a little surprising,” Grimm said. “They had some great teams in the past coached by Coach (George) Whittaker and Coach (John) Hippley.”

They Indians came close last year and they weren’t going to settle for second place again.

“Last year we had a chance at home against Columbiana to clinch and let it slip away from us,” Grimm said. “That was one of the motivating factors for us. They felt like they got a second chance to make it happen.”

Brock Smalley paced the Indians with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Timmy West, Sam May and Bradly Sloan added eight points apiece. May also had 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sloan had six rebounds and two blocks, Brady Ketchum dished out three assists and Josh Pratt made two steals.

The Indians fell behind 15-8 in the first quarter, but closed the gap to 26-25 at halftime.

“Our energy was good in the first quarter, we just couldn’t get the ball to go in the hoop,” Grimm said. ” The guys just kept fighting and fighting. Even when we were up 15 points, they just didn’t want to give them any chance to come back.”

Southern outscored Lisbon 25-11 in the second half.

“Our defensive pressure was pretty good tonight,” Grimm said. “Lisbon has got two exceptional basketball players (Blayne Brownfield and Ryan McCullough). That’s why even when it was 15 points, those two could go off and we didn’t want it to get away from us. They played their hearts out.”

Brownfield topped Lisbon with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Hunter Sturgeon collected 11 points and McCullough grabbed five rebounds.

Southern also won the junior varsity game, 32-19. Noah Perfetto led the Indians with nine points. Alex Schreffler had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Lisbon will close out the regular season by hosting Jackson-Milton tonight.

LISBON: 15-11- 4-7–37

SOUTHERN: 8-17-16-9–50

LISBON SCORING: Ryan McCullough 1-2-4, Blayne Brownfield 3-9-15, Tyler Welsh 0-0-0, Adam Spencer 1-0-3, Logan Stauffer 0-0-0, Hunter Sturgeon 3-3-11, Hunter Dailey 1-2-4. TEAM TOTALS: 9-36, 16-20: 37.

SOUTHERN SCORING: Brock Smalley 7-2-19, Timmy West 3-1-8, Bradly Sloan 2-4-8, Brady Ketchum 0-0-0, Josh Pratt 1-0-2, Michai Mason 1-0-3, Sam May 4-0-8, James Burris 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 7-13: 50.

Three-point goals: Lisbon 3-16 (Sturgeon 2, Spencer), Southern 5 (Smalley 3, West, Mason).

Leetonia 42, Columbiana 34

COLUMBIANA — Leetonia held Columbiana to 12 points in the second half and Marco Ferry and Ian Davis were a combined 10-of-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to lift the Bears to a 42-34 win Thursday.

The Clippers drop to 3-18 overall and 2-12 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference.

Ferry and Davis each scored six points in the fourth quarter as the Bears held a 16-8 scoring advantage.

Davis had 11 points and Ferry 10 points, including 8-of-8 free throw shooting. Joe Guido followed with seven points.

Dalton Whitehair topped the Clippers with nine points. Nick Million added seven points and Seth Spooner grabbed nine rebounds.

The Bears shot 16-of-26 from the foul line, while the Clippers didn’t get to the free throw line.

Leetonia will host Southern Local tonight, while Columbiana hosts Brookfield on Saturday.

LEETONIA: 10-10-6-16–42

COLUMBIANA: 11-11-4- 8–34

LEETONIA SCORING: Jaedon Finley 2-0-4, Dylan Lennon 2-2-6, Joe Guido 3-1-7, Marco Ferry 1-8-10, Timmy Finch 2-0-4, Ian Davis 3-5-11. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 16-26: 42.

COLUMBIANA SCORING: Nick Million 3-0-7, Tyler Andersen 2-0-5, Carter Murphy 1-0-2, Tony Kocanjer 1-0-2, Ashton Kokavros 1-0-3, Dalton Whitehair 4-0-9, Seth Spooner 3-0-6, Ethan Clark 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 15, 0-0: 34.

Three-point goals: Columbiana 4 (Million, Andersen, Kokavros, Whitehair).

South Range 54, Girard 34

GIRARD — Brandon Mikos had 16 points and Eli Taylor added 13 more as South Range downed Girard 54-34 on Thursday.

South Range won the jayvee game, 41-16.

The Raiders were supposed to play Mooney today but that game was canceled. South Range is slated to travel to Jefferson on Saturday night.

SO. RANGE: 11-12-16-15–54

GIRARD: 4-7-7-16–34

SO. RANGE SCORING: Mike Patrone 2-0-4, Nate Brown 0-0-0, Brandon Mikos 7-1-16, Eli Taylor 4-3-13, Luke Crumbacher 3-2-9, Dylan Turvey 1-1-3, Mike Perry 3-0-6, Ayden Leon 1-1-3, Ethan Zinz 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 7-14: 54.

GIRARD SCORING: Nick Curio 1-1-3, Ashton Pozega 0-0-0, Thomas Cardiero 7-2-18, Bobby Alejars 2-0-5, Gus Johnson 2-3-8. TEAM TOTALS: 12, 6-7: 34.

Three-point goals: South Range 3 (Taylor 2, Mikos), Girard 4 (Cardiero 2, Alejars, Johnson).

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