By Bob Evans
January 21, 2013
|Carrollton sophomore, Caleb Pasiuk, goes tot he floor after being fouled during action from from the Warriors game at Louisville last Friday night.
The Carrollton boys varsity basketball team guaranteed themselves of a winning season with a pair of close W’s last week.
With the wins, the Warriors improved to 11-4 overall and 5-3 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.
Last Friday night, the Warriors recorded their seventh straight win over host Louisville 60-56.
“The kids deserve all the credit for their efforts,” said head coach Matt Voll. “We fought through some adversity and made some big plays when we had to. This group has that knack of finding ways and getting the job done in tough situations.”
The Leopards have struggled getting wins this season, but they played hard on their home court and kept the game close, even leading on a number occasions.
The Warriors took control in the final five minutes of the game. Leading by just a point at 49-48, sophomore Caleb Pasiuk completed a four-point play after being fouled on a made three-pointer. Louisville would not get any closer.
Pasiuk came off the bench and gave the Warriors the spark they needed. He hit his first three-point attempt and went on to can six more to lead the Warriors with 22 points.
“He gave us the spark off the bench when we needed it,” Voll said.
Senior Andrew Collins added 15 points, including going 7-for-7 from the foul line.
Senior point guard Jake Peterson hit double figures for the first time this season with 10 points and six assists. Senior Stephen Ericksen was in foul trouble most of the game, but finished with seven points and a game-high six rebounds.
“With Stephen (Ericksen) in foul trouble, it presented a big challenge and the guys responded well,” Voll noted.
The loss dropped the Leopards to just 3-10 for the year and 1-7 in the NBC.
Sophomore Blake Hoover led the Leopards with 20 points, while Pavin Parks added 14.
Carrollton led 16-13 after the first quarter, but Louisville rallied to take a 30-29 lead at halftime. The Warriors came back to take a 47-40 advantage going into the final frame.
In the junior varsity game, the Warriors rolled over the Leopards 52-33 to improve to 10-4 on the year. Daniel Leary led 11 different Warriors who put points in the book with 11.
Last Sunday at the Mercy Medical Classic at North Canton Hoover High School, the Warriors outscored the Orrville Red Raiders 19-7 in the fourth quarter for a 61-53 win.
The game was close all the way. Orrville held its largest lead of seven points in the third quarter.
In the last half of the final quarter, Collins scored nine of his game-high 25 points, including hitting four free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Warriors. Collins hit seven three-pointers in the game.
Ericksen had his way in the paint, as the Red Raiders couldn’t find a way to stop him. He finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors trailed 50-45 early in the fourth, but put together a 12-0 run to take a 57-50 lead with just over two minutes left to play.
The Red Raiders led 16-14 after the first quarter, 31-30 at halftime and 46-42 going into the final frame.
Jon Landis scored a game-high 25 points for the Red Raiders.
The Warriors will host Marlington Friday night. Next week, Carrollton will travel to Alliance on Tuesday and host Salem on Friday.
Carrollton 60, Louisville 56
CARROLLTON: Jake Peterson 4 2-2 10, Caleb Pasiuk 7 1-1 22, Andrew Collins 3 7-7 15, Stephen Ericksen 3 1-5 7, Mirko Dobrijevic 0 3-4 3, Zade Deitz 1 0-0 3, Caleb Hartong 0 0-0 0, Adam Warner 0 0-1 0. TOTALS: 18-41, 14-21 60.
LOUISVILLE: Blake Hoover 9 2-2 22, Pavin Parks 5 0-0 14; Joe Crank 2 0-0 6, Alex Schooley 2 3-4 5, Ronnie Carter 2 0-0 5, Alex Hollifield 2 0-0 4, 0 2-2 2, Drew Noble 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21-43, 7-8 56.
CARROLLTON: 16 13 18 13 - 60
LOUISVILLE: 13 17 10 16 - 56
Three-point goals - Caleb Pasiuk 7, Andrew Collins 2, Zade Deitz, Pavin Parks 4, Joe Crank 2, Ronnie Carter. Fouled out - none. Technicals - Louisville bench. Rebounds - Carrollton 18 (Stephen Ericksen 6, Louisville: 21 (Drew Noble 5). Records: Carrollton: 10-4, 5-3; Louisville 3-10, 1-7.
Reserve game: Carrollton 52, Louisville 33.