Irish Win Potter Holiday Classic

59-56 was the final score over East Liverpool.  The Irish did a good job holding Jason Dickey in check, and his 2 first half fouls with a 3rd early in the 3rd quarter did not help him get in a rhythmn, either.  Speaking of fouls, the veteran officiating crew of Coyne, Oglivie, and Howe, 3 of the most venerable in the Upper Ohio Valley, called a ton tonight in this physical game.  Had to be in the 35-40 range.  Only one player, a star of the Ursuline team who one of their fans told me is committed to play wide receiver for Michigan, actually fouled out, but almost every starter had 3+ by the end of the game.  It was a tight game throughout with the Potters holding a one point lead at halftime.  Ursuline won the 3rd quarter and had the lead out to about 7 points, but the Potters fought hard in the 3rd quarter and pulled even a couple times, including at 56 in the final minute.  The Irish got to the foul line with about 15 seconds left; the kid (committed to Ohio St to play defensive end in football according to the same fan) made the 1st but missed the 2nd, the Irish got the offensive rebound and put back to lead by 3.  The Potters called their final timeout in the front court with about 12 seconds left, which pretty much committed them to try a 3.  Ursuline played excellent defense and Dickey was forced to try a sideways running 25 footer that predictably came up short.

Oh well.  This Potter team, as I have written here and on the Huddle before, is improving and will continue to improve.  Ursuline was taller and stronger across the board but the Potters hung with them and had a chance at the end to force overtime.  No worries.  It drops them to 2-3 on the season with their next game being next Saturday evening at New Philadelphia.

Wheeling Linsly won the consolation game over Beaver Local.  I believe the final score was 91-79.  It was an up-tempo game throughout as the score indicates.  Linsly had a 20 point lead built in the 2nd half but Beaver Local chipped away and got it back to about 10 in the middle of the 4th quarter, but never could get it closer than that.

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