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Boardman falls to Indians 69-65

December 12, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

The one thing you can say about the Boardman boys basketball team's start to this season is that it has been consistent.

Boardman has alternated losses and wins since the season commenced a couple weeks ago. The latest of those games was a gut wrenching 69-65 loss to Girard at the United Way Classic played in Poland on Dec. 8. That setback set the Spartans with a 2-2 early season mark.

Junior point guard Derrick Anderson hit a game-tying jump shot with just seconds remaining in regulation to push the Spartans into overtime versus Girard. When Boardman bounced out to a 4-point lead in OT, it appeared as if the Spartans would earn their third win of the young year. Thanks to some clutch three-point shooting, however, the Indians were able to come from behind and better Boardman in the extra period.

Girard nailed nine triples and also shot 16 of 25 from the foul line to aid its victory. Anderson led Boardman with 17 points. Junior Charlie Davis had a big night with 15 points. Senior Cam Kreps came up with 12 points and nine rebounds. Junior Daeone Martin was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points.

That loss last Saturday came on the heels of a big Boardman win the night before. The Boardman boys started the fourth quarter in Niles on a 15-0 run to turn a closely contested contest with the Red Dragons into a Spartan smack down. Boardman buried Niles 84-68. This game saw several lead changes throughout the first three quarters, but dominating play by the Spartans in the paint enabled them to take control of the game over the final eight minutes. Once again, Boardman had four players top 10 points led by Anderson who shined with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Martin managed 19 points and dished out six dimes. That duo has certainly proven to by dynamic for Boardman, but their coach gave credit to the entire team for this win in Niles.

"Derrick and Daeone have done a great job leading us in scoring this year, but it takes a lot of guys working together to get them their shots," said Boardman head coach Pat Birch.

Kreps played another well-rounded contest scoring 11 points and grabbing eight boards. He also played some sensational defense.

"(Kreps) was a difference maker on both ends of the floor," Birch said.

Davis also reached doubles with 11 points and he hauled in five rebounds. Tommy Fryda just missed becoming the fifth Boardman shooter in double digits with 9 points. All nine of Fryda's points came from beyond the 3-point arc.

The previous week ended the same exact way for the Spartans as they won their season opener over Youngstown East 65-48 then lost their ensuing contest to Canton GlenOak 63-50. Anderson scored 41 points in those two games while Martin had 24 in his varsity debut against East and 14 more against the Canton kids.

Birch's boys attempted to break this lose one, win one malaise when they traveled to Lakeview this past Tuesday. They'll take two more bus trips next week when they meet Hudson and Poland on the road. Before those back-to-back road encounters, Boardman will play host to rival Cardinal Mooney on Dec. 14. Mooney has split two games so far this season by almost identical scores. It beat Valley Christian 58-54 and lost to South Range 58-53. This Friday night's game in Boardman will be the Cardinals' first game away from home in 2018/2019.

 
 

 

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