Furious Potter Rally Falls Short

Youngstown East came to Potter Fieldhouse and survived with a 70-67 victory over East Liverpool.  The Panthers had a lead as big as 17 points as late as the middle of the 4th quarter until a late rally by the Potters keyed by a number of East turnovers against the full court press.  The Potters got it to within 3 points and a steal with about 15 seconds remaining, and it looked like Travis Coon had a chance to pass behind him to an open Jason Dickey for the potentially tying trey, but he opted to put up a jumper and was fouled.  He made 1 of 2 and the Potters immediately fouled on the rebound attempt.  The Panther made the 1st shot but missed the 2nd shot to leave the Potters with a chance with about 6.5 seconds remaining, but they played solid scramble defense (Potters were long since out of timeouts) and freshman Brian Beverly was forced to jack up a shot before the buzzer at the top of the key that drew front iron.

The balance of this game was VERY sloppy by the Potters.  Essentially, they looked like a team starting two sophomores and a freshman in the backcourt.  Jason Dickey ended up with I think 24 points to lead the Potters.  Willie Leavell made more mistakes than you would like to see from a guy that got varsity experience last year, and freshman Marky Tompkins showed flashes of stunning brilliance, but was at times forcing his shot too much.  Jason Bahen got into deep foul trouble, but Blankenship was very good off the bench on the front line.  This team will be good from midseason on if they keep working as hard as they did tonight and respond to coaching.  Youngstown East was a bad matchup for a young team because their athleticism caused far too many mistakes by the Potters.  We’ll see what happens down the stretch, but I saw some things to be very hopeful about.  Like I said, I think Tompkins will be scary good in short order, and Dickey is already a threat to score from anywhere as a sophomore.

This was the only game for the Potters this week, though they do play Sunday afternoon at an event at the College of Wooster against Orrville at 2pm, then Youngstown Cardinal Mooney next Tuesday and Cleveland Max Hayes (rescheduled from last week) next Wednesday, both at home.

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