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Minerva is latest victim as Warriors climb to 7-0

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Carrollton HIgh School boys basketball
Carrollton's Stephen Ericksen goes after a rebound in the Warriors game against Minerva last Tuesday night.

The Carrollton boys basketball team ended the 2010 portion of their schedule with a big win over an archrival.

Senior Chris Ericksen scored eight points in the first minute and the Warriors never looked back in defeating visiting Minerva 74-51 last Tuesday in a Northeastern Buckeye Conference contest.

The win improved the Warriors to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the NBC, while the Lions are still searching for their first win of the season.

“We have had a great attitude and the effort has been the difference thus far,” said head coach Matt Voll. “Obviously, we are excited about the beginning of our season, but by no means satisfied.  We still need to improve our focus and continue to embrace every challenge that lies ahead of us.” 
Ericksen opened the game with a pair of three pointers and a basket to force Minerva head coach Pepper Locke to call a timeout with 6:55 left in the first period.

Carrollton went on to take a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and a 36-24 advantage at halftime.

The Warriors dashed any hopes of a Lion comeback in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 24-14 to take a 60-38 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.

Chris Ericksen led four Warriors in double figures with 15 points, including four three pointers. Senior Johnny Lowdermilk followed with 12 points, sophomore Stephen Ericksen added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Senior Christian Mann came off of the bench to score 10 points.

Senior Jeremy Fick paced the Lions with 14 points, while junior Eli Maurer followed with 11 points and senior Mike Mayle added nine points and eight rebounds.

In the jayvee game, the Warriors were also victorious.

The Warriors never trailed in the game, leading 12-5 after the first quarter, and 30-14 at halftime. Minerva made a run at the Warriors in the third quarter, closing the gap to 37-29 at the end of the period, but Carrollton quickly took control back in the fourth and cruised to the win.

Zach Brown led the Warriors with 19 points, while Josh Hillyer added 10 and Caleb Hartong eight points.

Cody Parrish led the Lions with nine points.

The Warriors were to be at Northwest Tuesday. They will host Alliance Friday night. Next week, they will entertain Canton South on Friday.

Carrollton 74, Minerva 51
MINERVA: Eli Maurer 2 6-8 11, Andre Spinell 2 1-2 6, Levi Marshall 1 0-0 2, Mike Mayle 4 1-2 9, Keanan Locke 0 1-1 1, Jeremy Fick 6 1-4 14, Austin Fraley 3 1-1 8. Totals 18 11-18 51.
CARROLLTON: Johnny Lowdermilk 4 3-4 12, Tyler Sheets 2 5-6 9, Rob Smith 3 1-2 7, Chris Ericksen 5 1-2 15, Andrew Collins 2 0-0 6, Christian Mann 3 4-6 10, Mirko Dobrijevic 1 1-3 4, Stephen Ericksen 5 1-1 11. Totals 25 16-24 74.

MINERVA:            10    14    14    13  -   51
CARROLLTON:    19    17    24    14  -   74

Three-point goals – Chris Ericksen 4, Andrew Collins 2, Maurer, Spinell, Fick, Fraley. Fouls - Minerva 20-17. Fouled out - Spinell. Rebounds - Minerva 45 (Mike Mayle 8), Carrollton 39 (Stephen Ericksen 12). Reserve game: Carrollton 60, Minerva 41. Records: Minerva 0-6, 0-4, Carrollton 7-0, 4-0.

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