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Lions sweep weekend games

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: January 19, 2017 12:00 AM
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Having lost five of its last seven games, including a two-point decision to rival Carrollton on Tuesday, Minerva needed to right itself heading into this past weekend.

The boys did just that, posting impressive wins against Salem and Claymont.

The Lions are now 8-5 overall, and remain a game back in the NBC standings at 5-2. They will travel to West Branch this Friday, Jan. 20; and to Alliance on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Minerva 56

Claymont 41

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Connor Wright had 21 points and Brock Croston chipped in with 15 points as Minerva beat visiting Claymont 56-41 in a non-league boys basketball battle.

Leading by four at the end of the opening stanza, the Lions put together a 14-4 second quarter for a 33-19 advantage. Wright had six points in the quarter, and Mitch Myers and Croston each hit 3-pointers.

The Mustangs closed the gap to 43-34 entering the final stanza, but were unable to finish the comeback.

Brett Russell added seven points for the winners, and Myers finished with six points.

Minerva 59

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Salem 49

Trailing by eight points early in the third quarter, the Lions went on a 17-6 run to closed out the stanza leading 42-39.

Wright, held to five points in the first half, exploded for 11 third-quarter points. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

Minerva continued its onslaught in the fourth quarter, putting together another run, this time 17-4, to lead 59-43 with less than two minutes to play.

Croston scored nine of his 14 points in the second half, Adam Gross added 10 points, and Jack Hanley finished with eight points.

Carrollton 51

Minerva 49

Earlier in the week, the Lions took to the road to take on their rivals, Carrollton.

In a tightly contest game before a near capacity crowd, the Warriors defended their home court, winning the Northeastern Buckeye Conference battle 51-49.

Wright did everything in his power to will Minerva to a victory. The junior finished with a game-high 19 points.

Gross added 11 points, Croston had nine points, and Russell and Chris Lowe each had five points.

Carrollton led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Lions took a 28-25 lead into halftime. The Warriors out scored the visitors 17-9 in the third stanza for a 42-37 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.


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