Big game in Northeast 8; Struthers welcomes Girard for GOTW

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Both, Girard and Struthers, are in need of a win to keep pace with Poland in the Northeast 8 Conference. A loss would give either team a third setback in league play. Two old rivals in a new league will meet on Friday’s High School Basketball Game of the Week.

2018-19 High School Basketball Game of the Week

Boys’ Basketball: Friday, January 11, 2019 (Live, 7 pm on MyYTV)

Girard (6-3) at Struthers (4-5)

 

Last 5 Meetings

Dec. 1, 2017 – Girard, 49-43

Dec. 2, 2016 – Struthers, 70-54

Jan. 30, 2015 – Girard, 63-60

Feb. 4, 2014 – Girard, 68-60

Feb. 12, 2013 – Girard, 54-52

 

Last Meeting: Girard opened the 2017-18 season with a victory at home over Struthers, 49-43. Austin Claussell scored a game-high 20 points for Girard. Ryan Leonard registered 15 points for the Wildcats.

Northeast 8 Conference Standings

Poland – 3-0 (8-2)

Lakeview – 3-1 (8-2)

Niles – 3-1 (6-4)

Girard – 2-2 (6-3)

South Range – 2-2 (6-4)

Struthers – 1-2 (4-5)

Hubbard – 1-3 (1-7)

Jefferson – 0-4 (0-9)

Statistical Breakdown

Scoring Offense: Struthers, 58.2; Girard, 57.9

Scoring Defense: Girard, 57.0; Struthers, 58.4

 

Game Notes

Girard has not had a losing season in seven years (2011-12: 9-12). The Indians have lost three of their last four since opening the season with a perfect 5-0 record which included their December 8th win over Boardman (69-65). In their last outing, the Indians fell at Niles, 52-45. Matt Payich led the way with 17 points as Austin Claussell added 16 of his own. 

Struthers has fallen in 4 of their last 6 matchups including Tuesday’s contest at South Range, 57-38. Kevin Traylor took team-high honors in scoring with 14. Junior Jared Laczko finished with 13 for the Wildcats. 

The Indians will host Struthers on February 8. Quite possibly, that may not be the last time this year that the two teams will square off as they’re both in the Boardman District. The tournament field appears to be loaded once again with the likes of Canfield, Mooney, Lakeview, Poland, Ursuline and West Branch all in the grouping.

Results

Girard

Niles 52 Indians 45

Indians 64 Fitch 57 OT

Lakeside 75 Indians 59

Poland 70 Indians 43

Indians 62 Hubbard 56

Indians 67 Jefferson 44

Indians 58 Salem 42

Indians 69 Boardman 65 OT (United Way Classic)

Indians 54 Howland 52

 

Struthers

South Range 57 Wildcats 38

Wildcats 69 Windham 37

Boardman 73 Wildcats 49

Wildcats 65 Jefferson 50

Lakeview 64 Wildcats 60

Sharon 66 Wildcats 58 (JBL Hoops Showcase)

Wildcats 62 Newton Falls 59

Hickory 69 Wildcats 62

Wildcats 61 Sebring 51

 

Upcoming Schedule

Girard

Jan. 15 – South Range (6-4)

Jan. 18 – at Lakeview (8-2)

Jan. 22 – Ursuline (6-6)

 

Struthers

Jan. 15 – Niles (6-4)

Jan. 18 – at Hubbard (1-7)

Jan. 22 – East (1-10)

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