CANTON OH- In the district championship, Cardinal Mooney beat up the number 1 team in their district Springfield, so looking at the number 2 team in Campbell was not intimidating. Mooney’s defense was up for the challenge again, they slowed down the high flying Devils offense in a 47-41 win. The Cardinals have officially gotten further than last season. They lost in the regional semifinal last season to Lutheran East. Turns out that experience was a big factor in their win. They never let the stage get too big, they stayed patient, and worked the rhythm of the game.
Leading the offense for Mooney was Rocco Turner with 16 points for the Cardinals. Ashton O’Brien wasn’t too far behind scoring 15. Mick Hergenrother was also in double figures with 11.
Campbell was led by Xavion Leonard with 15. Jameer Weaver added 8 points to the Devils final score.
Mooney advances to the regional finals on Saturday. They’ll be matched with the team that ended their season last year in Lutheran East. That game is slated to start at 7:00 on Saturday at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse.