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“Electrifying” Hartong leads Warriors past Salem

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Carrollton High School boys basketball Stephebn Ericksen
The Warriors Stephen Ericksen get a shot off over two Salem players last Friday night game.

Its not always the expected, but the unexpected that can make a difference in a basketball game.

Carrollton senior Caleb Hartong scored nine of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Warriors to a 57-53 win over the visiting Salem Quakers in a key Northeastern Buckeye Conference contest.

“Caleb (Hartong) had a monster game and his effort was absolutely electrifying,” said Carrollton Head Coach Matt Voll. “During the big run in the fourth quarter the team and the crowd fed off his efforts and we collectively played excellent basketball.”

Voll thought playing at home was a big difference in the game.

“After not playing at home since Jan. 4, we really appreciated the impact of our student section ‘the Black Hole’ from an energy standpoint.”

“We played hard and competed for 32-minutes.”

Voll credited his coaching staff for having the team ready to play.

“Coach Brooks (Craig) and Coach Aukerman (Mike) did a tremendous job this week in preparing the guys and getting them ready to play.”

Salem led 39-34 going into the final period. Hartong scored the first two buckets of the quarter and Ericksen followed with a score from in the paint with 6:09 left in the game to give the Warriors a 40-39 lead, which they would not give up.

Senior Andrew Collins buried five three-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Ericksen added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

From the floor, the Warriors hit 20-of-49 action shots and hit just 9-of-24 free throws. They turned the ball over 15 times and pulled down 30 rebounds.

Zade Deitz dished out seven assists and senior Jake Peterson six.

For Salem, Ryan Bush led the way with a game-high 20 points, while Anthony Shivers added 18 points and five rebounds.

Shooting, the Quakers were 20-of-49 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

In the junior varsity game, the Warriors downed the Quakers 52-42 in a come from behind win.

Carrollton trailed 23-18 at halftime before rallying for the win.

Luke Clay led the Warriors with 14 points and Adam Warner added 10.

Carrollton was to travel to Alliance Tuesday and will host Canton South Friday and travel to Northwest on Saturday night. They will end their regular season next week at home against Minerva on Friday and host Marlington on Saturday in a make up game postponed from January 25 due to weather.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, the Warriors were on the road at West Branch. West Branch played strong and held on for a 56-48 win.

Deitz paced the Warriors with 11 points, while Ericksen added 10 points and eight rebounds.

West Branch led 16-7 after the first quarter, 29-15 at halftime and 41-33 going into the final stanza.

Carrollton was 19-of-50 from the floor and 4-of-8 from the line, while West Branch hit 20-of-51 action shots and 10-of-13 free throws.

Beau Taylor poured in a game-high 20 points for West Branch, while Dustin Greenawalt added 10 points. Jacob Griffith and Kip DeShields each grabbed 10 rebounds.

At the end of play last week, the Warriors were 12-5 for the year and 6-4 in the NBC.

West Branch 56, Carrollton 48
CARROLLTON: Justin Lovett 1 0-2 3, Jake Peterson 2 0-0 6, Caleb Hartong 0 1-2 1, Caleb Pasiuk 3 0-0 7, Zade Deitz 4 0-0 11, Andrew Collins 3 0-0 7, Stephen Ericksen 4 2-2 10, Mirko Dobrijevic 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 4-8 48.
WEST BRANCH: Jacob Griffith 4 0-0 8, Jerian Thomas 1 3-4 5, Beau Taylor 8 0-0 20, Drake Lohnes 0 3-5 3, Dustin Greenawalt 3 2-2 10, Kip DeShields 3 2-2 8, Zach Mucklo 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 10-13 56.
CARROLLTON:         7      8    18    15  - 48
WEST BRANCH:    16    13    11    16  -  56
Three-point goals - Beau Taylor 4, Zade Deitz 3, Dustin Greenawalt 2, Justin Lovett, Caleb Pasiuk, Andrew Collins. Fouls - Carrollton 14-8. Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Carrollton 32 (Stephen Ericksen 8), West Branch 36 (Jacob Griffith 10, Kip Deshields 10). Records: Carrollton 11-5, 5-4, West Branch 5-10, 3-7.
Reserve game: Carrollton 53, West Branch 47.

Carrollton 57, Salem 53
SALEM: Ryan Bush 6 6-6 20, Anthony Shivers 7 3-3 18, Max Wolfgang 4 0-4 8, Brendan Webb 3 0-0 7, Zach Economous 0 0-0 0, Austin Frank 0 0-0 0. TOTALS:  20-49, 9-13 53.
CARROLLTON: Justin Lovett 0 0-0 0, Jake Peterson 0 4-8 4, Caleb Hartong 7 3-5 17, Caleb Pasiuk 1 1-2 4, Zade Deitz 2 0-4 6, Andrew Collins 5 1-2 16, Mirko Dobrijevic 0 0-0 0, Stephen Ericksen 5 0-1 10. TOTALS: 20-49, 9-24 57.
SALEM:              11  17  11  14 - 53
CARROLLTON:  13  11  10  23 - 57
Three-point goals: Andrew Collins 5, Zade Deitz 2, Caleb Pasiuk, Ryan Bush 2, Anthony Shivers, Brendan Webb. Fouls - Salem 20-14, Fouled out - Max Wolfgang, Rebounds - Salem 20 (Max Wolfgang 5), Carrollton 30 (Stephen Ericksen 10).
Records: Salem 13-4, 8-3, Carrollton 12-5, 6-4
 Reserve game: Carrollton 52, Salem 42.

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