Potters power over Dogs

East Palestine’s Dominic Posey shoots over East Liverpool’s Gabe Roach on Thursday.

EAST LIVERPOOL–The East Liverpool boys basketball team stayed hot for the holidays behind a 32-point performance from Tre Jackson that included 10 three-pointers in a 99-76 win over East Palestine on Thursday night in the second game of the Potters Holiday Classic.

East Liverpool wins it fifth game in a row improving to 5-1 on the season.

This was the Potters’ first game since their 96-69 win over Beaver Local on December 15th.

“That is a long layoff for this time of year,” East Liverpool head coach Nate Conley said, “We kept practices fresh and added new stuff throughout.”

Jackson continues his hot shooting streak with 10 threes tonight following a six three performance against Beaver Local 13 days ago.

“I had to bring the same performance I had last game,” Jackson said. “It’s just practicing everyday and never letting up.

“This is a good team hopefully we have a good future ahead of us.”

The Potters started hot running out to a 30-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“You worry about East Palestine with their athleticism and length but the way we played tonight took them out of their game,” Conley said. “They had to switch from a zone defense to man to man and we played a great first half of basketball.”

The Potters held a 56-30 lead going in to the half.

“The ball movement was great tonight,” Jackson said. “We were scoring in transition and playing great defense.”

East Palestine is now 5-3 on the season.

“We did not show up in the first half,” East Palestine coach L.J. Sutton said. “I had some guys out there that were walking out there but we had guys on the bench that wanted to play tonight.

“They stepped up in the second half big time.”

East Palestine’s leading scorer was Branden Kemp with 18 points.

The Bulldogs had brought the game within 19 points in third quarter at 71-52 but the Potters replied any time East Palestine made a run.

The Bulldogs outscored the Potters 26-21 in the third quarter.

“They showed a lot of grit in the second half,” Sutton said. “We looked like a completely different team tonight.”

Gabe Roach had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Potters. Brennan O’Hara finished with 12 points and four steals.

Jackson also had seven steals for the Potters.

The Potters finished with 17 steals and forced the Bulldogs into 24 turnovers.

Izaiha Browning contributed 10 points for East Liverpool.

Also for East Palestine, Stephen Darlington had 11 points and Nate Beatty had 10 points.


¯ The first game of the Potter Holiday Classic saw Rocky River beat Akron Manchester 62-59.

East Palestine will face Akron Manchester in the consolation game today.

“Manchester is a tough team,” Sutton said. “They are in the Salem district so it might be preview for later on in the season.”

East Liverpool will face Rocky River in the Championship game today following the consolation game.

“I didn’t know a lot about Rocky River,” Conley said. “They played fast in their game and it’s going to be a high intensity game.

“We are playing for a championship early in the season and we are excited for it.”

¯ East Liverpool has scored 88 plus points their last four wins.


EAST PALESTINE:13-17-26-20–76

EAST LIVERPOOL:30-26-21-22–99

EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Branden Kemp 6-1-18 , Jeremy Reynolds 1-0-3 , Dominic Posey 2-1-5 , Stephen Darlington 4-1-11, Chandler Davis 2-0-4 , Joe Monteleone 0-0-0 , Brian Taylor 2-1-5 , Robbie Hill 3-0-6 , Nate Beatty 4-0-10 , Clayton Murray 4-1-9 , Abel Figley 1-2-5. TEAM TOTALS: 29, 7-16:76

EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Brennan O’Hara 6-0-12 , Gabe Roach 8-5-23 , Tre Jackson 10-2-32, Logan Torma 1-0-2, Levi George 1-4-6, Peyton Reed 1-2-4 , Izaiha Browing 4-2-10 , Joaquin Johnson 0-0-0 , Jalen Moman 2-0-4 , Nick Woodyard 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 36, 15-21:99

Three-point goals: East Palestine 11 (Kemp 5, Darlington 2, Beatty 2, Figley, Reynolds), East Liverpool 12 (Jackson 10, Roach 2)


MANCHESTER: 16-14-15-14–59

ROCKY RIVER: 10-16-19-17–62

AKRON MANCHESTER SCORING: Ethan Wright 3-0-6, Cameron Adkins 2-2-6, JoJo France 6-5-19, Gabe Sharrock 0-0-0, Sam Hettich 2-2-6, Van Wallbrown 8-0-20, Nick Beans 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 9-13:59

ROCKY RIVER SCORING: Clinjain 10-7-27, Jorgenson 3-2-9, Dean 3-2-9, J. Ruma 2-0-6, Coin 4-0-10, Erecsmon 1-1-4, Hudson 1-1-3, T. Ruma 1-0-3, O’Toole 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 11-20:62

Three-point goals: Manchester 6 (Wallbrown 4, France 2), Rocky River 7 (Ruma 2, Coin 2, Erecsmon, T. Ruma, Dean)