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Wildcats Control Pace in 59-49 Win Over Leopards

Blake Hoover Louisville Leopards Basketball Vs. Canton South

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Canton South 59, Louisville 49

Canton South stormed out of the gate to build a 37-16 halftime lead and then slowed the pace down in the second half before defeating visiting Louisville 59-49 at Charles “Red” Ash Gymnasium Friday Night.  Beatty's Winter HoodiesBlake Hoover led the Leopards with 18 points and Pavin Parks scored 17 for Louisville as well.

The Wildcats took a double digit lead at the end of the first quarter and exploded in the second quarter to expand their advantage to its peak of  22.  After running with the Louisville in the first half, Canton South’s gameplay changed to a slower conservative style in the second half.  But, they still did enough to win the contest and the Leopards never got within single digits.

South was led by Kyle Deckerd with 15 points, Trey Taylor with 12, and Dejon Newell with 11.  Both Deckerd and Austin Jolliff hit 3 three-pointers each and Armond Fontes added in 9 points as well.  With the win, Canton South goes a half game up on Alliance and Salem in the NBC Standings at 8-2 in the conference and 14-2 overall.

The Leopards never quit though and they went downtown 6 times in the second half.  Parks delivered 5 of those three-pointers and Joe Crank, who finished with 5, added the other.  Hoover scored consistently throughout the contest, but did his most damage in the final quarter that saw him score 8 points.

With the loss the Leps fall to 3-12 overall and 1-9 in the NBC.  They will look to snap their 7-game losing streak when they travel to Tallmadge Tuesday.

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STATISTICS

WILDCATS 59, LEOPARDS 49

LEOPARDS: Hoover 7 4-7 18, Parks 6 0-0 17, Crank 1 2-2 5, Weiss 2 0-0 4, Mathie 0 3-4 3, Noble 1 0-2 2, Adams 0 0-2 0.  TOTAL 17 9-17 49.

3-Pointers (6): Parks (5), Crank

Team FT: 9-17 53%

WILDCATS: Deckerd 6 0-0 15, Taylor 3 6-7 12, Newell 5 1-1 11, Fontes 1 7-8 9, Jolliff 3 0-1 9, Merriweather 1 0-0 2, Lyon 0 1-2 1.  TOTAL 19 15-19 59.

3-Pointers (6): Deckerd (3), Jolliff (3)

Team FT: 15-19 79%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 5-11-15-18–49

Canton South 16-21-12-10–59

Fouls: 16-12 Louisville

Records: Canton South 14-2, 8-2; Louisville 3-12, 1-9

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Tallmadge to take on the Blue Devils on Tuesday, January 29.  JV will begin at 6:00 PM and Varsity will follow at approximately 7:30 PM.

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JV: Canton South 49, Louisville 40

Stephen Kerzan poured in 15 points and Jake Mathie added 8, but it would not be enough as Louisville fell to host Canton South 49-40 Friday.

Despite the loss, the Leopards buried home 7 three-pointers as a team.  Three of those perimeter shots came from Kerzan.

Demetrius Barrino, Malik Campbell, Kole Ickes, and Matt Nicoletti all tallied 8 points each to lead the Wildcats.

Canton South stormed out of the locker room to take a 15-4 lead at the end of one.  After that, they played even with the Leopards the rest of the contest to drop Louisville to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in the NBC.

STATISTICS

WILDCATS 49, LEOPARDS 40

WILDCATS: Barrino 4 0-0 8, Campbell 3 2-2 8, Ickes 3 0-0 8, Nicoletti 4 0-2 8, Crum 2 0-0 6, Larsen 3 0-0 6, Tharp 1 2-2 5.  TOTAL 20 4-6 49.

3-Pointers (5): Crum (2), Ickes (2), Tharp

Team FT: 4-6 67%

LEOPARDS: Kerzan 6 0-0 15, Mathie 3 1-2 8, Pukys 1 1-2 4, Shaheen 1 2-6 4, Adams 1 0-0 3, Eddins 1 0-0 3, Graybeal 1 1-2 3, Lairson 0 0-1 0.  TOTAL 14 5-13 40.

3-Pointers (7): Kerzan (3), Adams, Eddins, Mathie, Pukys

Team FT: 5-13 38%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 4-19-10-7–40

Canton South 15-16-12-6–49

Fouls: 15-13 Canton South

Records: Louisville 8-6, 6-4

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