YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Cardinal Mooney began their quest to defend their district title as they took on Lakeview in round one of the Division III basketball tournament.

The Cardinals went off in the first half and were leading the Bulldogs 29-15 at the half. Mooney was led by Ashton O’Brien, who had 17 points. The Bulldogs did not fade away into the sunset so easily though as they overcame a huge deficit in the second half as they were led by Kyle Senkowicz, who kept the Bulldogs in reaching distance in the second half with a 11 point performance.

The Cardinals pulled away just enough to avoid a first round exit as they went on to win 51-39. Mooney will take on Rootstown in the Sectional Final this Friday.

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison