YOUNGSTOWN OH- People usually know the term GRIT for Youngstown State, but there’s another team that’s been having GRIT on their side lately and that’s none other than the Ursuline Irish boys basketball team who were looking to get extend their winning streak to five, but it was going to be tough as they faced off against the Warren Harding Raiders, who were still searching for that first win of the season and were overcoming some adversity with a few of their players.
The first quarter was all Ursuline leading 15-4 and already by this time, you had parents and fans at home watching as if this was going to be a blowout. Well, that did not happen as the Raiders caught up big time trailing only by two at the half and then five at the end of the third quarter. However, some costly turnovers and late fouls on Warren’s side, gave Ursuline a bigger lead which led them to scoring inside the paint in the fourth winning 60-46 and improving to 6-4, while Warren Harding fell to 0-4 on their short season campaign.
Leading the Irish was not a surprise as Sophomore Terrance Pankey had 34 points, with one three and 14 points inside the paint. Jakylan Irving was the second best scorer of the night, finishing with 12 points, two of them being from downtown. Brady Shannon was the third highest scorer with 10 points. Others who scored were freshman Geno Lucente with three points and DeMarcus McElroy with two points.
For Harding, it was Seniors Emari Burgess finishing with 12 points, Aston Bates who was really good inside the paint finished with 14 points, and Jabari Felton with nine points. Other players who scored well was Dom Foster with two points, Tye Pennington with five points, and Khalil Williams with two.
Ursuline (6-4) will have to schedule an opponent as the Holy War, one of the best rivalries in NorthEast Ohio has been Postponed due to COVID-19. Warren Harding (0-4) will host Howland (3-1) Friday at 7pm if there are no outbreaks.
*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien