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Louisville Leopards at New Philadelphia Quakers Boys Basketball 2010 Video Highlights

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Louisville 56, New Philadelphia 44

Toby Minster, Michael Schooley, and Owen Gramoy all had double figures as the Louisville Leopards cruised to a 56-44 win over the New Philadelphia Quakers Thursday night.

Well, it was Louisville’s night, either that or it just wasn’t New Philadelphia’s.  That was apparent on Louisville’s second basket of the game.  After a Rocco Buccasso three-pointer rimmed out, Minster went up for the rebound with the Quakers’ Michael Bazzoli.  They both tipped the ball going for the rebound and it bounced around and fell in the hole giving the Leopards a 4-2 lead.

The Quakers bounced back to take an 11-6 lead, but Louisville responded with a 10-0 run.  A tough take by Schooley and an NBA range three from Michael Kelly tied the game at 11.  Then with just seconds remaining Gramoy grabbed a loose ball, dribbled to just behind the three-point line, jumped, and watched it sail through the hole as the buzzer sounded giving the Leopards a 14-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Rocco Buccasso put on some shifty moves in taking the Quaker defenders to the rack for the initial points of the second quarter, but the Quakers bounced back thanks to Logan Kimble aggressively driving to the hole.  Kimble scored 9 of his game high 17 points in the second period alone to keep the Quakers within reach.  However, Louisville again pulled away by driving to the bucket and consistently drawing fouls.  They made 9 of 10 free throws in the quarter and shot 81% from the line for the entire contest.  The Leopards led at the half 29-22.

The Quakers really never seemed to be in the game at all.  Maybe they had an off night, but one reason for their lack of success was that they simply had no answer for Louisville’s inside game.  The Leopards offense was patient and waited for the open lanes to develop, and when they found them, it was difficult to stop them.  Minster scored 8 of his team-high 15 points in the third quarter as the Leopards opened up a 46-31 lead.  When Minster was defended, the Leps went to Schooley who poured in 8 points in the fourth quarter to match Minster’s third quarter output.

The Leopards actually missed quite a few chip-shots that could have made the game even more lopsided.  But, New Philadelphia played lethargically, perhaps taking Christmas Break a little early.  They showed no sense of urgency on the offensive end and were frustrated by Louisville’s offensive schemes.  The Leopards rolled to a 56-44 victory.

Box Score

LEOPARDS: Minster (15), Schooley (14), Gramoy (12), Buccasso (4), M. Sluss (4), Kelly (3), Perez (2)

QUAKERS: Kimble (17), Fowler (11), Bazzoli (6), Kinsey (3), Trimmer (3), Johnson (2), Tornabene (2)

NEXT GAME: The Leopards travel to Canton South to play the Wildcats on Tuesday, December 28.  JV starts at 6:00, Varsity Begins Approximately 7:30.

JV: Louisville 62, New Philadelphia 54

The Louisville Leopards boys junior varsity squad rallied from an 8-point fourth quarter deficit to win 62-54 over New Philadelphia Thursday night.  After exchanging leads for several possessions, Louisville stole several inbounds passes late in the fourth quarter to turn what was a close game into a multiple possession victory.  Ronnie Carter led all Leopards scorers with 15, while Jake O’brien added 12 in helping Louisville go to 5-0 on the year.  The Quakers were led by Ethan Boose’s game-high 18 points.

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