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Boys Basketball Falls to Canton McKinley in Opener

Max Hartline Louisville Leopards Basketball Vs. Canton McKinley Bulldogs

Canton McKinley 84, Louisville 60

The Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Basketball Team fell to the visiting Canton McKinley Bulldogs 84-Beatty's Grey Striped Long Sleeve60 in the season opener Friday at Louisville High School.

Senior Forward Chris Libertore scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Leopards. Jared Mathie also dropped in 9 points and Brody Hahn, Max Hartline, and Derek Zeller all scored 5 each.

The Bulldogs never trailed during the contest and jumped out to a 10-2 lead at the outset. Louisville would get no closer than 21-19 the rest of the way and Canton McKinley would make a stunning 21 of 21 free throws to keep the game out of reach.


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Eleven different Bulldogs scored during the game with three reaching double figures. Deontae McCollum finished with a team-high 16 points to lead McKinley. Darryl Straughter also scored 15 and Isaiah Smith added 10.

This was the first time the Leopards have ever hosted the Bulldogs in their history. Louisville is now 1-8 against Canton McKinley with the loss.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Green to take on the Bulldogs on Tuesday, December 6. JV will start at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:30 PM.

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Bob Burick

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VARSITY STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 84, BULLDOGS 60

BULLDOGS: McCollum 5 4-4 16, D. Straughter 3 8-8 15, Smith 5 0-0 10, T. Straughter 3 3-3 9, Howell 2 2-2 6, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Toles 2 2-2 6, McCallup 2 1-1 5, White 2 1-1 5, Nance 2 0-0 4, Leavell 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 30 21-21 84.

3-Pointers (3): McCollum 2, D. Straughter

Team FT: 21-21 100%

LEOPARDS: Libertore 6 6-9 20, Mathie 3 1-2 9, Hahn 2 0-0 5, Hartline 1 3-5 5, Zeller 1 2-4 5, Burick 2 0-0 4, Wahl 1 1-2 4, Zuppe 2 0-0 4, Hall 1 1-2 3, Jones 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 19 15-26 60.

3-Pointers (7): Libertore 2, Mathie 2, Hahn, Wahl, Zeller

Team FT: 15-26 58%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

McKinley 19-21-19-25–84

Louisville 13-13-12-22–60

Fouls: 21-15 McKinley

Turnovers: 12-7 Louisville

Records: Canton McKinley 1-0, Louisville 0-1

JV: Canton McKinley 65, Louisville 46

JV STATISTICS

BULLDOGS 65, LEOPARDS 46

BULLDOGS: Woody 8 2-2 19, Hatcher 6 2-4 14, Williams 5 3-4 13, McClain 2 3-4 7, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Curtis 1 0-0 3, Conley 1 0-0 2, Tabler 1 0-2 2, Blair 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 26 11-18 65.

3-Pointers (2): Curtis, Woody

Team FT: 11-18 61%

LEOPARDS: Gronow 3 1-2 10, McCartney 4 0-0 10, Wright 2 0-2 6, Gaters 1 2-2 4, Hall 1 2-4 4, Jones 0 3-5 3, King 1 1-2 3, Pukys 1 0-0 3, Jones 0 2-6 2, Kandel 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 13 12-25 46.

3-Pointers (8): Gronow 3, McCartney 2, Wright 2, Pukys

Team FT: 12-25 48%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

McKinley 18-10-15-22—65

Louisville 17-9-10-10–46

Fouls: 21-15 McKinley

Turnovers: 27-7 Louisville

Records: Canton McKinley 1-0, Louisville 0-1

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