YOUNGSTOWN OH- When we saw these teams last time, it was the Cowboys of Chaney who had the lead since the first quarter, and even though Ursuline nearly came back to win, the Cowboys would hang on with a 67-62 victory. This time, it was the Irish of Ursuline who needed a bounceback after losing to the East Golden Bears on Tuesday, while the Cowboys looked to sweep the Irish on the season. Ursuline would also have to play without star sophomore Terrance Pankey who was out with an injury.
In the first quarter, we saw the Cowboys get off to a five nothing run early thanks to points from seniors Cam Lawrence and Sharrod Taylor who drained a three, Sophomore and football star Jason Hewlett would also see some action getting four points in the first quarter. For Ursuline, they cut the lead early with four points inside the perimeter from junior forward Brady Shannon and two points from guards Jakylan Irving and Will Burney. However the irish would be down by nine at the end of one 17-8.
The second quarter would see a little change however as Vince Flauto for Ursuline who was getting the start hit a three cutting the lead to six. Forward Freshman Jaden Payne wearing the number of the Goat Michael Jordan came into the game and sunk in two buckets while drawing the and-ones as he would make two of them. Taylor would once again be the leading scorer for the Cowboys as well as Quincy Jones who scored two points on a field goal. Chaney would go into the half now up by four 29-25.
The second half was once again a back to back battle between two teams as Geno Lucente hit a corner three, but Chaney kept on finding their players wide open as the Irish tired to full court pressure. That resulted in two dunks by Jones. In the end however, the Cowboys would pull away and get their eighth win of the season as they would continue to make free throws after a technical on the Irish and would not look back, sweeping the Irish once more with a 63-55 victory.
DeMarcus McElroy had a point but was playing hard defense all night, Brady Shannon led the Irish with 23 points, Jaden Payne came off the bench with 12 points, Vince Flauto had eight, Geno Lucente had five, Will Burney had four and Jakylan Irving finished with two.
Sharrod Taylor’s fast speed led to him scoring 21 points. Cameron Lawrence finished with 17 points. Quincey Jones with those two dunks finished with 12 points. Jason Hewlett finished with seven points. Clive Wilson had four and Josiah Gonzalez finished with two points.
Ursuline (12-6) is looking for an opponent after their game against the Bristol Panthers in Bristolville (10-3) was cancelled.
Chaney (8-5) will as of now host Copley (7-9) Tuesday at 7pm.
*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien*