YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Terrance Pankey and Jaden Payne combined for twenty-five points to move Keith Gunther into first place as Ursuline’s all-time winningest head coach. The win is number 278 in coach Gunther’s incredible career.
Ursuline (15-1) dominated the first half holding a double digit lead for half of the first and almost all of the second quarter. The Irish held a fifteen point lead on two separate occasions, and would end the half of a 6-0 run to take a 36-21 lead into half.
Coming out of the break, Chaney (9-7) would start the third on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to ten. After an Ursuline bucket, the Cowboys would respond with a 13-0 run to take their first lead of the game with a little more than a minute to play in the quarter. The two teams would trade buckets and Chaney would take a one-point lead into the final quarter. Chaney outscored Ursuline 20-4 in the third.
Just seventeen seconds into the fourth, Jayden Payne would hit a pair of free throws to give Ursuline the lead, which they would never relinquish. The Irish would go on to outscore Chaney 22-13 in the final seven minutes and forty-three seconds to give Ursuline the win, 66-54.
TOP PERFORMERS –
Terrance Pankey – 19 points
Jaden Payne – 16 points
Vinny Flauto – 14 points
Jason Hewlett – 21 points
Jashaun Holcomb – 11 points
WHAT’S NEXT –
Ursuline: Now winners of their last eleven, the Irish will travel to take on the Howland Tigers (9-8). Howland won last season’s matchup 59-50, but the Irish have won 5 of the last 7.
Chaney: Following their second loss of the season to the Ursuline Irish, the Cowboys will look to bounce back with a home matchup against another SVC foe, in the rival East Golden Bears (8-8). Chaney dominated the Bears earlier this month, winning 61-34 on the east side. The Golden Bears will come in on a three-game losing streak.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson.