Toronto boys spoil late lead

TORONTO — Toronto could not seal the deal.

The boys basketball squad trailed by three and had the ball with 8.3 seconds left, but a potential game-tying 3-pointer bounced off of the rim and time expired enabling United to pull out a 57-54 victory in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference Match up Friday inside the George J. Gunzler Memorial Gymnasium.

The Red Knights led United by three points in the fourth quarter with about three minutes remaining in the game, but the Golden Eagles ripped off a 7-0 spurt to take a 56-52 lead with 26.2 seconds showing on the clock.

With the win, the Golden Eagles remain perfect on the season at 3-0, while the loss drops the Red Knights to 1-2.

United played just six players in the game, and five of them scored at least eight points. Two players scored in double digits for the Golden Eagles.

Individually, Parker Hyridck collected a team-high 18 points to lead the way for United, while Kaden Smith tallied 13 points.

Two players also scored in double digits for the Red Knights. Individually, Nate Karaffa finished with a game-high 22 points, while Lucas Gulczynski collected 10.

The game was tied at 32 at halftime. After the Golden Eagles scored first in the third quarter, the Red Knights responded with an 8-0 run to build a 40-34 advantage forcing United to call a timeout with 4:30 left to play in the quarter. The Golden Eagles regrouped following the timeout as United scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a 41-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, a basket by Hyrdick gave United a 49-44 lead with 4:15 remaining to be played, but Toronto fought back. The Red Knights responded and scored the next eight points to take a 52-49 lead following a pair of foul shots by Karaffa, but Toronto was unable to hold onto the lead.

The Red Knights got off to a fast start in the game as Toronto took an early lead, but United battled back and took a 22-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Golden Eagles took a 28-19 advantage on a basket by Hyridck with 5:20 left in the second quarter, but the Red Knights rallied and ended the half on a 13-4 run to tie the game at halftime.

Both teams are scheduled to play Tuesday in EOAC play. Toronto will travel up north to play at East Palestine, while United is slated to play Leetonia at home.

United won the JV game, 43-40. Brutus Ogilive led the way for the Golden Eagles with 15 points. Zac Berger led the way for the Red Knights with eight.

United 57, Toronto 54

United 22-10-9-16 — 57

Toronto 17-15-8-14 — 54

United (3-0): Smith 6 1-3 13, Hill 4 0-0 9, Hydrick 8 1-5 18, Birtalan 5 0-0 9, Baker 3 2-2 8, Dibaggio 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 4-10 57. 3-Pointers: 3 (Hill, Hydrick, Birtalan)

Toronto (1-2): West 2 0-0 4, Herrick 1 0-0 2, Karaffa 9 4-4 22, Matyas 0 0-0 0, Gulczynski 4 1-1 10, Keenan 3 1-4 7, Sninchak 4 0-0 9. Totals: 23 6-9 54. 3-Pointers: 2 (Karaffa, Sninchak)

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