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Dogs remain unbeaten

January 25, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

The powerful Poland boys basketball team kept pounding opponents last week as it stayed unbeaten for the season.

Poland's men defeated Ashtabula Lakeside 80-55 on Jan. 19 to move to 12-0 on the season. That road win came a few nights after the Bulldogs won against Austintown Fitch at home 70-56. The 14-point victory over the Falcons and the 25-point pasting of the Dragons made it 10 double-digit wins for the dominant Bulldogs this season. They are 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the All American Conference White/Blue Tier.

Hot shooting has been a big reason why these Bulldogs have been able to bully their opponents all season and that was certainly on display in Ashtabula. Poland connected on nearly 60 percent of their shots as it ran out to a huge lead. It was a lead the Bulldogs would never relinquish. Dan Kramer collected 22 points for Poland to lead all scorers. Braeden O'Shaughnessy was next up with 18 points. Mike Diaz was dialed in and added 16 points. Brandon Barringer was the fourth Bulldog in double figures with 10 points.

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Photos by Mike Audi, Town Crier

Dogs senior Billy Orr splits two Fitch defenders at last week’s varsity action at the Poland Field-House. The Bulldogs won by a score of 70-56 and Orr had 7 rebounds,12 points,2 assists and 2 steals.

In the All American Conference crossover game against crosstown rival Fitch, the Bulldogs weren't as sizzling from the field as they were against the Dragons, but they were close. Poland nailed 52 percent of its attempts in the relatively easy triumph.

Although Poland played from in front for a majority of the contest, the Austintown kids attempted to keep the game competitive even closing to within four points in the third quarter. A subsequent 12-1 run by the Bulldogs put them back in total control. Barringer blasted Fitch for 17 points. Kramer was a pain in the Falcons' posterior in the paint all game with 15 points and nine rebounds. O'Shaughnessy scored 13 points. Bill Orr went for 12 points. Diaz dumped 11 on Fitch.

A 39-17 halftime lead enabled Poland to play some of the reserves in the second half at Hubbard on January 9. Poland easily erased the Eagles 67-39 that night. O'Shaughnessy took scoring honors in that game with 21 points. Kramer kept his productive pace going with 17 points. The Bulldogs buried five three-pointers to aid in the win.

Remaining perfect may be difficult for Poland because it will now begin to play its division contemporaries for a second time this season. Niles, Lakeview, Jefferson, Struthers and Hubbard are next up on Poland's slate and, of course, the Bulldogs beat each of those schools already. The showdown with Struthers on Feb. 2 may be the most intriguing of these rematches because the Wildcats gave the Bulldogs a big scare on Jan. 4. Poland needed a clutch jump shot by O'Shaughnessy in the final 30 seconds to secure that narrow victory. The way the Bulldogs have been bludgeoning their adversaries lately, it doesn't seem as if history will repeat itself against Struthers on Groundhog Day.



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