Louisville Falls in Squeaker Against Marlington – Boys Basketball

Marlington 53, Louisville 51

The Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Basketball team rallied back in the final minutes, but came up just Beatty's Sports Louisville Leopards Basketball 2016-17 Hoodieshort against the visiting Marlington Dukes 53-51 Tuesday Night at Louisville High School. With the loss, Louisville drops to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the NBC.

The Leopards were led by Chris Libertore who scored a game-high 22 points. Brandon Wahl also poured in 16 for Louisville. Both Libertore and Wahl hit 4 three-pointers a piece as the Leopards cashed in 10 total makes from beyond the arch in the game.

Louisville trailed  by double digits at 52-42 with just 1:57 left in the contest. Kickstarted by a technical foul on the Marlington bench, the Leopards would score the next 9 points to trim the Dukes lead to the narrowest of margins.

Wahl hit a huge three to make it 52-49 with 38.6 left to play. Just seven seconds later, a wayward Marlington pass went out of bounds give the ball back to Louisville.  On the ensuing possession, Libertore was fouled in the lane putting him to the line fore the bonus. He canned both charity shots and cut the Dukes lead to 52-51 with 18.6 seconds remaining.

After a Leopards foul, Brock Himmelheber hit a free throw and Sean Cooley pulled down the rebound for Marlington after the second shot that missed. Cooley passed the ball back out to Blane Himmelheber who was fouled with 13.4 seconds remaining. Louisville gained new life when both free throws missed their mark.


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On the final possession, the Leopards had two chances to win the game. The first missed its mark and went out of bounds off a Dukes player with 1.6 seconds left. The final Louisville prayer went unanswered from the right corner lifting Marlington to the 53-51 win.

Andrew Brady scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Dukes. Cooley also dropped in 13 and Austin Brady scored 6. Marlington is now 3-1 on the season and remains an undefeated 2-0 in conference play.

The loss snaps the Leopards 5-game winning streak against the Dukes. Louisville still leads the all-time series 66-39 overall, which includes a 35-17 record against Marlington at LHS.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Alliance to take on the Aviators on Friday, December 23. JV will begin at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:30 PM.

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VARSITY STATISTICS

DUKES 53, LEOPARDS 51

DUKES: An. Brady 7 5-6 19, Cooley 4 2-3 13, Au. Brady 3 0-0 6, Adams 2 0-1 5, Bl Himmelheber 2 1-3 5, Br Himmelheber 2 1-2 5. TOTAL 20 9-15 53.

3-Pointers (4): Cooley 3, Adams

Team FT: 9-15 60%

LEOPARDS: Libertore 7 4-4 22, Wahl 6 0-0 16, Mathie 1 2-2 5, Hahn 1 0-0 3, Zuppe 1 1-1 3, Zeller 0 2-2 2. TOTAL 16 9-9 51.

3-Pointers (10): Libertore 4, Wahl 4, Hahn, Mathie

Team FT: 9-9 100%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Marlington 9-17-15-12—53

Louisville 8-12-13-18—51

Fouls: 15-15

Turnovers: 13-7 Marlington

Records: Marlington 3-1, 2-0; Louisville 2-4, 2-1

JV: Louisville 56, Marlington 30

The Leopards JV Squad made 13 three-pointers during their 56-30 demolition of the Dukes Tuesday Evening at LHS. With the win, Louisville improves to 4-2 overall and 3-0 against the NBC.

Colton Jones made 3 three-pointers and scored a game-high 11 points to lead the Leopards. Kaleb McCartney also finished with 9 and Cameron King added 8.

The first 30 points scored by Louisville were all three-pointers as the Leopards took a 32-15 lead into the break. Louisville extended their lead to 46-19 at the end of third before rolling to the win.

The Dukes were led by Brenden Stinson who scored a team-high 7. Reece Kackley also scored 5 and both Kaiden Bolyard and Markavien Mason added 4 each.

JV STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 56, DUKES 30

DUKES: Stinson 3 1-3 7, Kackley 2 1-2 5, Bolyard 2 0-0 4, Mason 2 0-0 4, Beachy 1 0-0 2, Beal 1 0-0 2, Domer 1 0-0 2, Pucci 1 0-0 2, West 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 14 2-5 30.

3-Pointers: None

Team FT: 2-5 40%

LEOPARDS: C. Jones 3 2-3 11, McCartney 3 0-0 9, King 2 2-2 8, Chambers 2 0-0 6, Gronow 2 0-2 6, T. Jones 2 0-0 4, Hall 1 1-2 3, Wright 1 0-0 3, Bast 1 0-0 2, Gaters 0 2-2 2, Pukys 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 18 7-11 56.

3-Pointers (13): Jones 3, Chambers 2, Gronow 2, King 2, Wright

Team FT: 7-11 64%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Marlington 6-9-4-11–30

Louisville 18-14-14-10–56

Fouls: 7-5 Marlington

Turnovers: 12-11 Louisville

Records: Louisville 4-2, 3-0

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