Potters bested by Huskies

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EAST LIVERPOOL–The East Liverpool boys basketball team brought the fight to Harrison Central on Saturday afternoon in the Buckeye 8 Athletic League tournament third-place game but fell short due to the hot shooting hand of the Huskies.

Harrison Central claims third place of the Buckeye 8 with a 85-76 win over the Potters.

East Liverpool drops to 8-9 on the season.

Harrison Central improves to 12-4.

“Harrison Central can play,” East Liverpool coach Nate Conley said. “I though we fought every single second of that game. Obviously you’d like to come out with a win but this was a great game. Both teams were playing extremely hard and executing but they ended up hitting more shots than us.”

In the third quarter the Huskies jumped out to a 61-47 lead thanks to 2 three-point shots from Logan Arbaugh who finished the night with 28 points.

The Huskie team finished the game with 14 three-pointers with six of those coming from Arbaugh.

The Potters showed fight cutting the lead to five points mid-way through the third quarter.

Brennan O’Hara’s driving layup in the third made the score 68-63 but the Huskies replied with a three from Kobe Mitchell.

“We were gritty tonight,” Conley said. “We fought for everything we had. We rebounded and were hitting shots. I can’t say enough about Harrison Central as they are probably the best team we’ve played all year. We were getting within striking distance but couldn’t get over the hump.”

In the final two minutes the Potters got the score to 79-74 but the Huskies hit crucial free throws down the stretch.

The Huskies were 9 for 14 from the charity stripe in the final quarter.

East Liverpool was led by Tre Jackson who had 22 points, three assists and two steals.

Brennan O’Hara had a solid night for the Potters with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

“Tre had a great game,” Conley said. “Brennan’s stat line across the board the board was great and he competes. He competes every single night and I like the way we played tonight.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get it done but we are getting healthy and we are starting to play like we did early in the season.”

The Huskies also saw a strong 21 point contribution from Kobe Mitchell behind Arbaugh’s 28.

“We’ve played better this year,” Harrison Central coach Justin Clifford. “Give them credit they were making plays and getting us on our heels. We made some shots again today and we’ve been shooting very well lately.”

The Huskies made more shots from deep (14) than inside the perimeter (12) in the game.

“Everybody’s asking what are you doing to make shots,” Clifford said. “They got a lot of shots off in the summer and I know everyone else did too but their confidence is high right now. When they shoot it they think it’s going in and it has lately.”

Also for the Potters, Gabe Roach had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. Nick Woodyard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Harrison Central’s Logan Elliot finished with nine points and Evan Stine had eight points.

East Liverpool returns to action Monday when they host Brooke.

GAME NOTES:

¯The Huskies outrebounded the Potters 16-7 on the offensive boards and 33-29 overall.

¯The Buckeye 8 Tournament was hosted at the East Liverpool Fieldhouse and had a slate of five games that started at 10 a.m.

Buckeye Local beat Bellaire 70-63 in the ninth-place game.

Edison beat Martins Ferry 61-56 in the seventh-place game.

St. Clairsville beat Beaver Local 70-30 in the fifth-place game.

Union Local beat Indian Creek 59-38 in the championship game.

“I love this tournament,” Clifford said. “It gives you a tournament atmosphere and there is a little more at stake. People coming in and out it reminds you of the old days when you played at one site. We like it, we are glad the league does it.”

“This is an awesome tournament,” Conley said. “Not a lot of the teams in the valley know about the Fieldhouse and they get to come up here to see in my opinion one of the better gyms in Ohio. I thought our athletic director, our principal Johnathan Ludwig along with the boosters club did a tremendous job putting on this event. There’s been some good basketball played and I wish we were in the championship game but next year hopefully we are.”

¯The two teams will meet again on Tuesday as the Potters host the Huskies again.

“As a fan of basketball I’d come watch this game,” Conley said. “They play a fast style of basketball and we need to work on some things but first we need to focus on getting a win against Brooke on Monday.”

“It’s going to be a dog fight again,” Clifford said. “We are going to both make some adjustments and hopefully we can find a way to win again.”

HARRISON CENTRAL: 26-18-17-24–85

EAST LIVERPOOL: 16-21-15-24–76

HARRISON CENTRAL: Caden Arbaugh 9-4-28, Chance Hursey 5-3-15, Caden Dalton 0-2-2, Evan Stine 3-2-8, Kobe Mitchell 5-8-21, DeJuan Caldwell 1-0-2, Tyler West 0-0-0, Logan Elliott 3-0-9. TEAM TOTALS: 26, 19-28:85

EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Brennan O’Hara 6-4-19, Gabe Roach 5-6-16, Tre Jackson 8-2-22, Logan Torma 0-0-0, Izaiha Browing 0-0-0, Gannon Irvine 3-0-6, Jalen Moman 0-0-0, Nick Woodyard 4-3-11, Timmy Neal 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 26, 17-24:76

Three-point goals: Harrison Central 14 (Arbaugh 6, Elliot 3, Mitchell 3, Hursey 2), East Liverpool 7 (Jackson 4, O’Hara 3)