Bulldogs not having much luck

East Palestine’s Dominic Posey attempts a shot as Manchester’s Ethan Wright defends on Friday.

EAST LIVERPOOL–The East Palestine Bulldogs had a tough two days at the Potter Holiday Classic.

The Bulldogs lost to Akron Manchester 84-68 on Friday night in the consolation game of the tournament at Potter Fieldhouse.

East Palestine is 5-4 on the season has lost three straight.

“This stretch has been difficult,” East Palestine coach L.J. Sutton said. “We have another game tomorrow night at Beaver Local and it’s been tough to practice. The school had a gas leak so we really couldn’t get into a practice routine but their is no excuses we have to come out and play like we are capable of.”

The Bulldogs kept things close early as they only trailed 14-9 at the end of the first quarter and 41-27 at halftime.

They had the game within eight points late in the third quarter at 58-49 before the Panthers went on an 8-0 run to end the third quarter.

“We had a much better effort tonight,” East Palestine coach L.J. Sutton said “We have to clean up the offensive rebounds but we played with a lot more intensity than we did a day ago.”

Branden Kemp led the Bulldogs with 17 points.

“The competition makes a great atmosphere,” Sutton said. “It’s great basketball and you get to see different styles of basketball from different areas in Ohio. It is a nice change of pace.”

Also in double digits for East Palestine were Dominic Posey and Nate Beatty with 12 points and Jeremy Reynolds with 11 points.

Akron Manchester (5-5) was led by JoJo France with 24 points and Nick Beans with 21 points.

“I like the way that we came back from a tough loss last night,” Akron Manchester coach Gene Schindewolf said. “We had a good shootaround today and our energy level was good for as big as we are.”

Manchester lost to tournament champions Rocky River 62-59 a night ago.

Van Wallbrown also had 16 points for the Panthers.

“It really helps that we have multiple scorers to stretch the defense,” Schindewolf said. “Being able to score inside and make some threes has really helped us.”

Schindenwolf agreed that this tournament was a great experience.

“This was fun,” Shindenwolf said. “Our seniors have been playing for four years and they deserve a trip like this. The accommodations and everything down here has been first class. We appreciate the opportunity to come play here.”

East Palestine will return to action today when they travel to Beaver Local.


¯The Potter Holiday Classic All Star team included Akron Manchester’s JoJo France, East Palestine’s Branden Kemp, Rocky River’s Oliver Clingain, Luke Coin and East Liverpool’s Tre Jackson as well as Gabe Roach.

¯Rocky River beat East Liverpool 61-40 in the Potter Holiday championship game.

AK. MANCHESTER: 14-27-25-18–84

EAST PALESTINE: 9-18-22-19–68

MANCHESTER SCORING: Tyler Young 1-0-3,Ethan Wright 1-0-3, Cameron Wright 5-0-10, JoJo France 7-5-24, Gabe Sharrock 1-1-3, Sam Hettich 1-0-2, Van Wallbrown 6-1-16, Nick Beans 9-2-21, Spencer Bagwell 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 32, 9-11:84

EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Branden Kemp 6-3-17, Jeremy Reynolds 3-4-11, Dominic Posey 4-2-12, Stephen Darlington 2-0-5, Chandler Davis 0-0-0, Joe Monteleone 1-0-2, Brian Taylor 0-0-0, Robbie Hill 1-0-2, Nate Beatty 3-6-12, Clayton Murray 3-2-7. TEAM TOTALS: 23, 15-25:68

Three-point goals: Manchester 11 (France 5, Wallbrown 3, Young, E. Wright, Beans) East Palestine 7 (Kemp 2, Posey 2, Reynolds, Murray, Darlington)