Lisbon claims Tip-off Classic
BY DAN SANTARELLI
LISBON — The second Lisbon Tip-Off tournament came to a close and for the second year in a row the Blue Devils claimed the tittle with a 60-52 win over Youngstown Valley Christian on Saturday night.
“It was a test tonight,” Lisbon coach Chris Huckshold said. “They hit us hard early but from the second quarter on slowly but surely we clawed back into the game.”
After the end of the first quarter it was 25-15 Valley Christian but Lisbon outscored the Eagles in the three remaining quarters including 16-3 in the third quarter.
“We grew up a lot tonight,” Huckshold said. “It was a good opportunity for our kids to be in a tough situation having to make shots and making the right decisions to finish off a game.”
“We took it one possession at a time and slowed it down after the first quarter.”
Lisbon (2-0) was led by Justin Sweeney, who had 32 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
“It was a crazy game,” Sweeney said. “We have to take it one game at a time and thank my team for having my back every night.”
The game was tied at 49-49 with 2:45 remaining before Branson Brownfield made a clutch shot to put Lisbon ahead 51-49.
Shortly after Sweeney converted on a big shot with the foul to put the Blue Devils up 54-49 with a minute left in the game.
Sweeney converted on four-of-four free throws late to ice the game for Lisbon.
Valley Christian was led by Milan Square with 18 points and Jordon Trowers with 12 points.
“We can get better,” Valley Christian coach Dolph Carroll said. “It’s early in the season and we want to be playing our best basketball in January and February.”
“This will help us get the team’s attention a little bit and get better.”
Square made a pair of three-point shots in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 49-49.
“We got off to a great start,” Carroll said. “Lisbon did a great job of coming back it became a game of runs and we didn’t respond well enough.”
Also for Lisbon, Branson Brownfield had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Lisbon and Valley Christian will meet again Jan. 16 at Valley Christian.
“Dolph does a great job with his kids,” Huckshold said. “They will be a completely different team when we play them again.”
Both coaches agreed that opening the season playing back to back nights was great for their teams.
“I like it because it gets us into game shape and we are going to do it again on Tuesday-Wednesday night,” Carroll said.
“It’s a great thing,” Huckshold said. “We start league play this Tuesday and we’ll already have two games in.”
Lisbon will travel to United on Tuesday.
Valley Christian is 1-1 and will travel to Sebring on Tuesday.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCORING: Melvin Neail 2-0-4, Jamynk Jackson 2-3-8, Milan Square 7-1-18, Emmanuel Armour 4-0-8, Jordon Trowers 3-5-12, Lohron Brown 0-0-0, Terrance White 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 18. 11-15: 52.
LISBON SCORING: Justin Sweeney 10-8-32, Branson Brownfield 4-1-10, Dougie Minor 2-0-4, Jacob Mundy 0-0-0, Ryan McCullough 5-0-11, Nick Mundy 0-0-0, Grant Fredrick 1-0-3, Brice Blackburn 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 9-13: 60.
Three-point goals: Valley Christian 5 (Square 3, Trowers 1, Square 1) Lisbon 7 (Sweeney 4, Brownfield 1, McCullough 1, Fredrick 1).