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Coal Grove, North Adams impress

Ironton Classic
Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:11 AM

IRONTON -- During a day that saw blowout after blowout, the matchup between North Adams High School and Coal Grove proved to be the gem of the morning through the early games Saturday in the fifth annual Ironton Classic.

The Green Devils took everything Coal Grove could throw at them, but hung on to emerge with a 64-58 win in the second game of the day at the Conley Center.

North Adams led for most of the way, but Sean Paulus and Connor Markins knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter, turning a 47-44 deficit into a 50-47 lead.

The Green Devils eventually worked back to a tie, 54-54, with 3:17 remaining when head coach Nathan Copas called a timeout.

"I just brought them over and told them here is where they have to show me if they want to win or not," Copas said. "I told them to go out and execute and they did."

The Green Devils would score 10 of the last 14 points on their way to ending a four-game losing streak.

"I wish we could have taken care of business a little bit earlier," Copas said. "But I'm just glad to get a win."

North Adams was unconscious from behind the 3-point line in the first half, sinking five long-range shots, including three from guard Devin Gardner and two from Kris King.

But in the second half, it was the Hornets who starting sinking the tres, while limiting North Adams to just one 3-pointer, again from Gardner.

"We're going to have some halves or quarters where we shoot the ball really well, but we can't live and die by it," Copas said. "So in the second half I wanted them to come out and attack the basket more and try to get something going off the glass instead of just settling for the three, because (Coal Grove) had started moving out."

North Adams made four of five three throws in the last minute to ice the win as the Hornets had to foul.

"That's something that we really haven't been doing," Copas said. "I've told the kids it will cost you games, and they went up to the line today and knocked them down."

King, who led North Adams with 18 points, was awarded the MVP of the game for his team.

Senior guard Alex Bare, who willed Coal Grove to more than a few victories as quarterback of the football team in the fall, was also integral in the comeback effort on the court Saturday, finishing with 18 points. He was awarded the MVP for the Hornets.

COAL GROVE 17 10 17 14 -- 58: Bare 18, Paulus 8, Gunther 7, Adkins 9, Markins 9, Pleasants 4, Akers 2, Joseph 1.

NORTH ADAMS 16 18 13 17 -- 64: King 18, Gardner 14, Carroll 12, Leasure 4, Mitchell 6, Sparks 6, Shipley 4.

PORTSMOUTH NOTRE DAME 61, WESLEY CHRISTIAN 31: The Titans had little trouble handling the Circuit Riders from Allen, Ky.

J.P. Kayser led Notre Dame with 17 points. He hit 7-of-12 from the floor and had nine rebounds and three assists.

Joshua Amuzu totaled 13 points and Stephen Goble 10 to pace Wesley Christian.

NOTRE DAME 61: Kayser 17, Lewis 14, Smith 2, Haney 6, Cooper 7, Mader 8, Ogg 7.

WESLEY CHRISTIAN 31: Amuzu 13, Goble 10, Caldwell 3, Salyers 2, Thompson 8, Hall 2, Mosley 6.

M.A.C.K. PREP 95, St. IGNATIOS 78: Two rival academies separated by 13 miles in the Carolinas brought their feud all the way to Ironton, where the Wildcats got the better of the Golden Knights.

The shooting of 6-foot-10 Tomasso Ingrosso and the slashing of Fadil Yacoubou sparked M.A.C.K. Prep as they finished with 24 and 19 points, respectively.

Ingrosso made 8-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Yacoubou grabbed nine rebounds to go along with his offensive output.

St. Ignatios had two of its biggest contributors, Keenan Cokley and Zach Hull, foul out. Kalum McIntyre had 17 points along with four rebounds and four assists to pace the Golden Knights.

Yacoubou was named MVP for the Wildcats, while Mitchell Love took the honor for St. Ingatios.

M.A.C.K. PREP 49 46 -- 95: Ingrosso 24, Yacoubou 19, Freeman 2, Payne 3, Jean-Charles 2, McGriff 10, Taylor 2, John 3, Justin Snavely 10, LeBradford Willis 12, Ros 2, Bini 6.

St. IGNATIOS PREP 38 40 -- 78: McCaleb 2, Love 11, Cokley 14, McIntyre 17, Rivardi 7, Papafloratos 2, Hull 15, Stevenson 10.

BROOKHAVEN 92, PORTSMOUTH 49: The Trojan War ended for Portsmouth at about the 1:02 mark in the first quarter, when Brookhaven's Kevin Greenhow threw down a tomahawk dunk to put the score at 25-9.

The Trojans never gave up, and had stretches where they played well, but they simply couldn't keep up with the Bearcats athletically. Brookhaven forced turnover after turnover that turned into a transition layup, dunk or 3-pointer.

Brookhaven finished with four players in double figures, while Portsmouth didn't have a single player reach 10 points.

The Bearcats were also able to go inside at will in their half court sets, and Portsmouth had no answer for Deiondray Martin, who led Brookhaven with 18 points.

Ronnie Williams finished with 16 points for Brookhaven and was MVP. Alex Dickerson topped Portsmouth with nine points and got MVP honors.

BROOKHAVEN 25 28 19 20 -- 92: Martin 18, Greenhow 17, Williams 16, Clarkson 12, Kimble 6, McEwen 1, Armstrong 8, Davis 7.

PORTSMOUTH 13 13 5 18 -- 49: Dickerson 9, Oliver 7, Lisath 7, Allison 4, Porter 4, Peano 4, Carter 8, Gibson 2, Grashel 2, DeLottel 2.