Leopards Hold Off Tigers for 43-40 Road Win – Boys Basketball
Louisville 43, Massillon 40
The Louisville Leopards Boys Varsity Basketball Team held off the rallying Massillon Tigers for a 43-40 road victory at Washington High School Friday Night. With the victory, Louisville has now won 3 of their last 4 and now holds a 10-8 record overall.
Senior forward Broc Pickens scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Leopards. Junior guard Tyler Boldon also made 4 of Louisville’s 6 three-pointers and poured in 15. Senior point guard Dakota Hoffman hit the other two triples to finish with 6.
Leopards Take 15-2 Lead Out of the Gate
The Leopards jolted out to a 15-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Louisville amassed their largest lead of the game at 23-7.
The Tigers answered that deficit with a 13-0 run to get within 23-20. They scored the final 6 points of the first half and the first 7 points of the second half to get within a single possession.
Game of Runs in the Second Half
The Leopards ended their drought on the ensuing possession. Hoffman hit Boldon in stride, who laid it in to up the Louisville lead to 25-20. After Massillon hit a free throw, Boldon and Hoffman made three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put LHS back in front by double digits at 31-21.
The Tigers scored on the final possession of the third quarter to kickstart a 9-0 run. Massillon got to within 31-30 before the Leopards scored their first points of the final stanza.
Massillon Takes 1st Lead of the Night 36-35.
Pickens made a perfect cut to the hoop and Aljancic fed him for the easy lay-in to make it 33-30 LHS. Pickens was also fouled on the play, but missed the free throw attempt. However, the ball deflected off a Massillon rebounder giving the ball back to Louisville. The Leopards took advantage of the extra possession as Pickens buried a deep two from the right corner to up their advantage to 35-30.
Momentum swung back in the Tigers favor and they used a 6-0 run to take their first and only lead of the contest. Sophomore forward Ardell Banks hit a deep two from the right wing and senior forward Nick Liebler cashed in on a three-pointer from the left corner to put Massillon ahead 36-35.
Pickens Spearheads Louisville’s Go-Ahead Run
Louisville answered back, just like they had all night long. Hoffman fed Pickens who drove in from the right side of the basket for a short jumper. Then on a fast break, the same a pair hooked up again. Hoffman used a behind the back pass to find Pickens for a layup on the left side of the hoop. Pickens was also fouled on the play and converted from the line to put the Leopards ahead 40-36 with 1:08 left to play.
Massillon was unable to connect on their next two possessions. The Tigers were forced to foul and Pickens made the most of the bonus by converting both shots of of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds to play to put LHS up 42-36. After sophomore guard Jay Crable scored on an uncontested layup, Boldon would hit the front end of a pair of free throws with 6 seconds to go to all but ice the game at 43-38.
One Last Gasp For the Tigers
Senior guard Luke Sabo drew a foul for Massillon on the end, but his three-point attempt missed the mark in the process. He converted 2 of 3 shots from the charity stride to get the Tigers within a single possession at 43-40 with only seconds remaining. Louisville heaved an inbound to mid-court and Massillon got the steal they needed from senior guard Lavarion Moore. He threw up prayer at the buzzer that missed everything, and LHS prevailed for their tenth victory of the season.
Banks led Massillon with a team-high 14 points. Sabo also hit double figures with 10 and Crable added 8 for WHS.
Leopards Vs. Tigers Boys Basketball Series
With the victory, the Leopards have now won their last 3 matchups against the Tigers including the last three played at Massillon overall. The 83 combined points scored is the lowest in the series since their first meeting to open the 1933 sectional tournament. The Tigers won that affair 33-14, a combined 47 points.
The Leopards trail the all-time series 8-17, which includes a 4-7 record in games played at Massillon. However, Louisville is 4-1 against the Tigers in their most recent series of games since 2015.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to face the Mineral Ridge Rams on Saturday, February 13. JV will begin at 5:30 PM and Varsity will follow around 7:00 PM.
LEOPARDS 43, TIGERS 40
LEOPARDS: Pickens 7 3-6 17, Boldon 5 1-2 15, Hoffman 2 0-0 6, Nigro 1 1-1 3, Lingenhoel 1 0-0 2, Aljancic 0 0-1 0. TOTAL 16 5-10 43.
3-Pointers (6): Boldon 4, Hoffman 2
Team FT: 5-10 50%
TIGERS: Banks 6 2-4 14, Sabo 3 3-5 10, Crable 3 2-5 8, Liebler 2 0-0 5, Woullard 1 1-2 3, Williams 0 0-2 0. tOTAL 15 8-18 40.
3-Pointers (2): Liebler, Sabo
Team FT: 8-18 44%
Fouls: 16-15 Louisville
Turnovers: 20-11 Louisville
Records: Louisville 10-8
JV: Massillon 46, Louisville 26
TIGERS 46, LEOPARDS 26
BOX SCORE NOT PROVIDED
Records: Louisville 7-11