Lowellville High School Boys’ Basketball Preview

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LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Lowellville seeks to return to the top portion of the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference standings this year.

“We return three starters from last year,” coach Matt Olson points out. “Juniors Vinny Ballone, Anthony Lucente and Brady Bunofsky. We’ll have Kyle Miller, Justin Beeson, Mark Dubos, Ryan Hvisdak, Michael Ballone and Matt Lucido all competing for starting positions or playing time this year. We’ve had three injuries occur – juniors Ricky Palumbo, Alex Modelski and Kevin Johnson – all are hoping to compete and have a healthy season for us.”

The season tips off against Crestview on November 30. “We’ve been very motivated this off-season,” says Olson. “We fully expect to have a winning season and compete in every game. Our depth will give us some opportunities we haven’t had in the past as long as we stay healthy.”

Lowellville Rockets
Head Coach: Matt Olson
2020-21 Record: 11-10 (5-9), T-5th place in MVAC Scarlet
Last 5-Year Record: 70-47 (59.8%)

2020-21 Team Statistics
Scoring Offense: 60.2
Scoring Defense: 56.2

2020-21 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Anthony Lucente – 16.8
Rebounding: Anthony Lucente – 8.2
Assists: Vinny Ballone – 3.8
Steals: Brady Bunofsky – 2.1
Field Goal Percentage: Anthony Lucente – 52.2%
Three-Point Percentage: John Michaels – 46.7%
Free Throw Percentage: Vinny Ballone – 71.4%

2020-21 MVAC Scarlet Tier Standings (League Record)
McDonald – 13-1
Springfield – 12-2
Waterloo – 10-4
Jackson-Milton – 7-7
Lowellville – 5-9
Mineral Ridge – 5-9
Western Reserve – 3-11
Sebring – 1-13

PREVIEW
-The Rockets have posted a winning season in 8 of the last 9 years.

-Lowellville’s last league championship came in the ITCL Lower Tier in 2014-15 when they were tied with McDonald at 11-3.

-Last year’s bunch featured 4 players who shot 35% or better with at least 35 attempts from beyond the arc.

-Anthony Lucente has led the Rockets in scoring in each of the last two years while hauling down 8-rebounds per contest during that span.

-Vinny Ballone has also averaged above 13-points per outing in each of his first two seasons on the varsity level.

-Brady Bunofsky put together a stat line of 4.8 points, 4.1 boards and 2.1 steals per game last year.

2021-22 Schedule
Nov. 30 – at Crestview
Dec. 3 – at Girard
Dec. 7 – Southeast
Dec. 10 – at Heartland Christian
Dec. 14 – Jackson-Milton
Dec. 17 – at Western Reserve
Dec. 21 – Springfield
Dec. 28 (TBA) – vs. Campbell Memorial (at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)
Jan. 4 – McDonald
Jan. 7 – at Sebring
Jan. 11 – Mineral Ridge
Jan. 14 – Waterloo
Jan. 18 – Columbiana
Jan. 21 – at Jackson-Milton
Jan. 25 – Western Reserve
Jan. 28 – at Springfield
Feb. 1 – at McDonald
Feb. 4 – Sebring
Feb. 8 – at Mineral Ridge
Feb. 11 – at Waterloo
Feb. 15 – at Warren JFK
Feb. 18 – Leetonia

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