Tigers seal the deal
NEW MIDDLETOWN — The Springfield boys basketball team did not have to deal with the Salem curse with the Division III district tournament being held at home sites this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The top-seeded Tigers rolled to a 35-19 halftime lead to beat fifth-seeded Andover Pymatuning Valley, 63-53, in a district final Friday.
Springfield improves to 18-4 and captures its first district championship since 2012.
In the previous 33 years in Salem, the Tigers went 2-8 in district finals, including a runner-up finish last year.
In the other super district final, Mike Pelini hit a three-pointer with 2 seconds left in overtime to lift second-seeded Youngstown Mooney to a 58-55 win over seventh-seeded Atwater Waterloo.
BRISTOLVILLE — Mathews’ string of tournament upsets ended in the Division IV boys basketball district final Friday.
The 12th-seeded Mustangs dropped a 74-44 decision at fourth-seeded Bristol. Mathews, which opened the tournament with wins at Southern Local, Heartland Christian and Wellsville, finishes the season at 16-9.
In the other final in the super district, second-seeded Warren JFK captured the district title by rolling over top-seeded McDonald, 77-55. JFK opened up a 29-12 with five minutes to play in the second quarter.