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Warrior cagers darn near knock off conference leader Alliance

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Carrollton High School boys basketball
The Warriors Tyler Krantz gets out of the way of a leaping J. J. Kukura in last Friday home game against Alliance.

Carrollton High School has always been a very tough place for the Alliance Aviators to play, no matter what their record.

Last Friday night was no different.

Alliance came into the game undefeated in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference and looking for an easy win over the Warriors.

That isn’t exactly what they got.

The Warriors gave the Aviators everything they had and then some, but still came up just short.

Alliance outscored the Warriors 13-9 in overtime to secure an 85-81 win.

The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the NBC, while the Aviators improved 7-3 overall and 5-0 in league play.

“They made some tough shots late in the game,” said Carrollton Head Coach Todd English. “We had hands in their faces and they still made some difficult shots.”

“The guys put forth a great effort all season long. We’ve endured some tough losses as of late. We’re not far away from beating some of the top teams in the league. The guys are really battling night in and night out.”

Carrollton seemed to have the game in control, leading by six at 72-68 with just over 30-seconds left in the contest.

But, the Aviators got back-to-back three pointers from senior Parrish Martin to tie the game at 72-72 and send the contest into overtime.

Martin opened the overtime period with another three pointer giving the Aviators their first lead in the game since the first quarter when they led 5-4.

Senior point guard Kordell Phillips added a pair of free throws for a five point advantage and the lead for good.

The Warriors had chances to put the Aviators away earlier in the game, but Alliance would have nothing to do with it.

At the 4:11 mark of the third quarter the Warriors had built a 21 point lead at 54-33.

The Aviators finished the quarter strong with an 11-0 run to cut the Warrior lead to 54-44 with 1:45 left in the third quarter. The period ended with Carrollton holding a 56-45 advantage.

Junior Caleb Pasiuk had another big game for the Warriors with game-high 29 points, including five three pointers, before fouling out in the overtime period. Also scoring in double figures for the Warriors were junior point guard Daniel Leary with 19, junior guard Zade Deitz with 13 and senior forward Tyler Krantz with 11 points.

Carrollton connected on 29-of-53 action shots and 13-of-18 free throws.

For Alliance, Martin led the way with 26 points, including eight three-pointers. Senior forward J. J. Kukura scored 26 points before being ejected after receiving his second technical foul in the game. He also had to sit out the Aviators’ next two games.

Stewart also hit in double figures for the Aviators with 18 points.

Alliance hit 27-of-59 action shots and 19-of-31 free throws.

In the jayvee game, the Aviators downed the Warriors 42-33.

James McMasters led the Warriors with 16 points and Luke Leslie added eight points.

The Warriors were to host West Branch Tuesday night. They will travel to Marlington Friday night.

Next week the Warriors will travel to Salem on Friday and to Minerva on Saturday for a make up game that was postponed earlier in the season due to weather.

Alliance 85, Carrollton 81 (OT)
ALLIANCED: J. J. Kukura 9 8-13 26, Dale Dickson 2 3-4 8, Jai’Ron Brackett 1 0-0 2, Kordell Phillips 5 5-7 18, Parrish Martin 8 2-6 26, Aeyron Williams 2 1-1 5, Mike Williams 0 0-0 0, Josh Hammerton 0 0-0 0, Blue 0 0-0 0. TOTALS:  27-59 19-30 85.
CARROLLTON: Caleb Pasiuk 9 6-6 29, Tyler Krantz 4 2-4 11, Lane Hartong 2 0-0 4, Daniel Leary 7 2-2 19, Zade Deitz 5 2-4 13, Luke Clay 2 1-1 5, John Brown 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 29-54 13-18 81.Records: Alliance: 7-1, 5-0; Carrollton: 3-9, 1-5. Reserve game: Alliance 42, Carrollton 33.

ALLIANCE:        10 16  19   27 13 - 85
CARROLLTON:  21 15  20  16   9 – 81
Three-point goals: Parrish Martin 8, Kordell Phillips 3, Dale Dickson; Caleb Pasiuk 5, Daniel Leary 3, Tyler Krantz, Zade Deitz. Fouls – Carrollton 23-17. Fouled out – Jai’Ron Brackett, Caleb Pasiuk, Zade Deitz. Technical fouls – J. J. Kukura 2.

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