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Louisville Freshman Rally Vs. South Range to Advance to Title Game

Austin Shaheen Coaches Louisville Leopards Boys Freshman Basketball in NBC Tournament

Louisville 47, South Range 41

The 2nd Seed Louisville Leopards rallied for a 47-41 win over the 3rd Seed South Range Raiders in the NBC Freshman Tournament Semifinals Monday Night Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio Adat Minerva High School. With the victory, Louisville improves to 17-5 on the season and remains unbeaten in NBC competition at 13-0.

Scott Gronow hit a pair of three-pointers in scoring a team-high 17 points to lead the Leopards comeback. Ryan Pukys then scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth to help Louisville seal the deal. Allen Staley also hit 3 of the Leopards 7 makes from beyond the arch to finish with 9.

Louisville found themselves in a hole early in trailing 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. They closed the gap some in the second quarter, but still trailed 26-18 at the break. 

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The Leopards really started roaring in the third period as they outscored the Raiders 18-4 to take a 36-30 lead into the final frame. Louisville Beatty's Sports Grey Hoodie - Winter 2017maintained their lead in playing an even fourth quarter to advance to the NBC Freshman Championship.

“We really found ourselves in a hole early,” Leopards Head Coach Austin Shaheen explained his team’s predicament early on. “But we got the shovels out and everyone dug a little deeper each quarter. Then we took over the second half, it was a solid team win.”

Louisville will attempt to complete NBC play a perfect 14-0 when they challenge the top seeded Canton South Wildcats in the NBC Championship on Wednesday, February 8. The Wildcats defeated #4 Seed Carrollton 55-36 in the first Semifinal game Monday Evening.

Canton South is 19-2 on the season with both of their losses coming against Louisville. The Leopards defeated them at home 65-45 on December 22 and also won 59-51 on the road recently on January 30. Tip-Off is set for 5:30 PM at Minerva High School.

Leopards Boys and Girls Basketball Teams from Middle School to Freshman have advanced to 4 of the 5 NBC Championship Games that will be played Wednesday.

UP NEXT: The Leopards Freshman Team will next take on the top seeded Canton South Wildcats in the NBC Championship on Wednesday, February 8. Game time is set for 5:30 PM at Minerva high School.


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RAIDERS: Brooks 7 7-9 21, Lucas 3 1-6 7, DiGaetano 3 0-0 6, Allegretto 2 1-1 5, Marrie 0 2-2 2. TOTAL 15 11-18 41.

3-Pointers: None

Team FT: 11-18 61%

LEOPARDS: Gronow 6 3-5 17, Pukys 4 4-4 13, Staley 3 0-1 9, White 1 3-4 5, Rode 1 0-0 3. TOTAL 15 10-14 47. 

3-Pointers (7): Staley 3, Gronow 2, Pukys

Team FT: 10-14 71%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

South Range 14-12-4-11–41

Louisville 3-15-18-11–47

Fouls: 19-17 South Range

Records: Louisville 17-5, 13-0

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