Cardinal Mooney High School Boys’ Basketball Preview

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The defending District champion Cardinal Mooney Cardinals are seeking another deep run in the playoffs this year. After posting a 17-5 mark last year, the Cardinals appear to be another tough out in this season’s basketball landscape.

“We expect to compete for a Steel Valley championship and another district championship,” states coach Carey Palermo. “We play a tough schedule that prepares us for the tournament. We want to build on the last couple of seasons.”

The Cardinals return 7 letter winners, three of which were starters. “Mick Hergenrother is the unquestioned leader,” Palermo says. “He’s out point guard, a three-year starter. He averaged about 14 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds last year.”

Jack Pepperney and Drew Pecchia also are returning seniors. Both players started last season and will look to serve as leaders of the team this coming year. James Campbell, Jack Desmond, Jack Phillips and Jaxon Menough all have varsity experience under the belts.

A group of sophomores that includes Ashton O’Brien, Rocco Turner, Matteo Fortuna, Nick Pregibon, Jibri Carter Jr and Will Desmond all will seek playing time this winter.

The season tips off on November 30 with a matchup against Western Reserve.

Cardinal Mooney Cardinals
Head Coach: Carey Palermo
2020-21 Record: 17-5 (1-2), 3rd place in SVC
Last 5-Year Record: 50-64 (43.9%)

2020-21 Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: 54.5
Scoring Defense: 45.6

2020-21 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Mike Pelini – 18.2
Rebounding: Mike Pelini – 6.8
Assists: Mick Hergenrother – 3.8
Steals: Mick Hergenrother – 3.6
Field Goal Percentage: Thomas Fire – 46.2%
Three-Point Percentage: Mike Pelini – 34.4%
Free Throw Percentage: Mike Pelini – 77.3%

2020-21 Steel Valley Conference Standings (League Record)
Chaney – 4-0
Ursuline – 3-3
Cardinal Mooney – 1-2
East – 1-4

PREVIEW
-Mooney closed out the 2020-21 season with their first winning record (17-5) since 2015-16 (14-8).

-The Cardinals saw an increase in wins by 5 games (12 to 17) from the previous year. That’s the most wins compared to the year prior since 2011-12 (6) to 2012-13 (12) by 6 victories.

-Mooney defeated Waterloo – 58-55 in overtime – to take the Division III Northeast 2 District title. The Cardinals were eliminated in the Regionals by the eventual state champion, Lutheran East (74-31).

2021-22 Schedule
Nov. 30 – at Western Reserve
Dec. 3 – Urban Scholars
Dec. 4 – at Struthers
Dec. 10 – Fitch
Dec. 11 – at Canfield
Dec. 14 – at Harding
Dec. 22 – at Salem Holiday Classic
Dec. 23 – Salem Holiday Classic
Dec. 28 – Canton Central Catholic
Jan. 4 – Chaney
Jan. 7 – at East
Jan. 11 – Ursuline
Jan. 14 – at Chaney
Jan. 15 – Boardman
Jan. 18 – at Mineral Ridge
Jan. 21 – at Howland
Jan. 25 – at St. Thomas Aquinas
Feb. 1 – East
Feb. 4 – at Steubenville
Feb. 8 – at Boardman
Feb. 11 – at Ursuline
Feb. 15 – at South Range

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