The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

February 2, 2013

MLK defeats Spartans in OT

CONNEAUT — The Martin Luther King Crusaders came into Conneaut and defeated the Spartans in overtime 67-57.

Sophomore Anthony Carmon provided the hot touch on a cold night with a game-high 41 points, including 2 3-pointers and seven rebounds.

“Anthony Carmon is a sophomore, he is the best guard in Cleveland in the last 10 years, and he still has 2 and a half years with me,” Martin Luther King coach Jefferey Priah said.

“We knew No. 2 would score a lot, he is a heck of a sophomore,” Conneaut coach Tim Tallbacka said.

The game had been close the whole way, and they came into the fourth quarter tied at 36. Conneaut broke away and went up 43-38 taking the momentum.

The Crusaders responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead 45-43, before Conneaut tied it again.

Conneaut took the lead a little later after a Dylan Campbell 3-pointer giving the Spartans the 51-50 led with 1:46 left to play. Bud Ritari split pair of free throws to give the Spartans a 52-50 lead.

But the Crusaders weren’t done yet. With just 9.3 seconds left to play, Carmon ran through the Spartan defense to tie the game, sending the game to overtime.

Martin Luther King opened the extra session with a Malik Maddox 3-pointer.

“Working hard to make a play for the team when we needed a play,” Carmon said. “Trying to make team happy, run system.”

The Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to start overtime.

“Intensity,” Priah said was the key to winning the game. “Conneaut played a great game, we need to play (with) intensity for 32 minutes.”

The game started off in Conneaut’s favor with the Spartans winning the first quarter of play 12-6. Michael Mirando and Christian Williams scored early on 3-pointers.

“We try for balance, feed ball inside, driving shots,” Tallbacka said. “We were concerned more defensively.”

The second quarter saw Conneaut extend that lead up 17-11, before the Crusaders went on a 7-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to go up 18-17. Martin Luther King upped their defensive pressure, and also picked up their offensive speed too. This led to the Crusaders winning the second quarter 18-12, and leaving the game all tied up at 24 at halftime.

“A lot of pressing, (they are) very athletic,” Tallbacka said of the Crusaders team. “We’re basically one free throw, one stop away.

“I am extremely proud of way we played, they bought into game plan.”

Velotta is a freelance writer from Concord Township.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SB1 Let’s play another

    It pays to have the right hitters at the plate at the right time.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Outlaws roll again

    They may be Outlaws by name, but the Northeast Ohio-based Ohio Outlaws Gold are certainly running with the in crowd at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va.

    July 30, 2014

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Bearcat Gavorski on the mend

    Paying another visit to the variety store...

    On the mend
    Arguably the most decorated soccer player to every come out of the Star Beacon coverage area is down — temporarily — but anything but out.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tribe Not quite enough

    Although the Indians are still very much mathematically alive in the race for a postseason berth, they continue not to look like a playoff team. And when they have put a run together, they haven’t been able to maintain the habit of playing winning baseball.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Outlaws win opener

    The Ohio Outlaws Gold did not start well at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va. on Monday, but they sure did finish their opening encounter with a flourish.

    July 28, 2014

  • Racing remains at the fore

    Raceway 7’s Crate Late Models had an unsanctioned $1000 to win 25-lap feature with Kyle Zimmerman picking up the lion’s share of the glory after leading the entire distance for his first win of 2014.

    July 28, 2014

  • Coming attractions

    While it seems only yesterday school was letting out and summer vacation was starting, the time for respite will have the curtain drop for area high school football players this week.

    July 28, 2014

  • AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES:

    TUESDAY, AUG. 12

    • Lake Catholic at Perry (10)

    July 28, 2014

  • Lexi Outlaws gunning for national title in Virginia

    There’s gold in their name and that’s just what the Ohio Outlaws Gold softball squad is gunning for at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals this week in Salem, Va.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Brandon Easton A Don McCormack column:Easton on right pitch in Florida

    Paying a Monday morning visit to the variety store...

    Firing away
    The second summer as a professional baseball player has been an excellent one for Brandon Easton, to this point.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video