LEETONIA, OH – When looking at the EOAC for basketball, the team that starts off strong usually finishes in the top half of the conference when it’s all said and done. Both the Leetonia Bears and the Lisbon Blue Devils know how important it is to do just that, as both teams met for the first time in the 2019-2020 basketball season on Friday night.
The Blue Devils started off the game with a solid first quarter, leading 20-15. In the second quarter, Lisbon turned up the pressure and forced the Bears into some tough spots as the Blue Devils won the quarter 18-4, which pushed the Lisbon lead to 38-19 at the half. The second half saw Leetonia push back in the third quarter, as the score at the end of the third was 46-25. The fourth quarter was a defensive battle but the Bears just ran out of gas as Lisbon closed out the game with the 57-33 victory.
The Leetonia Bears were led by Jorden Baker who finished the night with 12 points on 3/6 shooting, as well as, Sefton Houlette with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
The Lisbon Blue Devils were led by Blayne Brownfield with 16 points, Michael Davis with 13 points, and Kaden Crawford with 6 points and 13 rebounds.
Up next for Leetonia is a home matchup with the Matthews Mustangs on December 12th. The Lisbon Blue Devils will return home in the next game on December 14th, as they welcome the Crestview Rebels to town.