WELLSVILLE — Fifth-seeded Wellsville used a strong second half to down seventh-seeded Lisbon 59-41 in a Division IV sectional final on Friday.
The Tigers were down 17-11 with three minutes left in the first half and closed the half on a 9-0 run. The Tigers outscored the Blue Devils 39-24 in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Wellsville improves to 16-5 and Lisbon finishes 14-9 on the season. Wellsville will host No. 12 seed Mathews in the district semifinal on Tuesday.
“We kept our composure early in the game when they were holding the ball,” Wellsville coach David Thompson. “We stayed back and played hard in the (other three) quarters because we didn’t want to press and get into foul trouble. They stayed back and listened to what we told them to do.”
Lisbon slowed the game down in the first quarter, going as far as to having the ball for over two minutes during their final possession of the quarter.
“I was seeing what they did and how they were going to guard us and in that situation,” Lisbon coach Chris Huckshold said. “When you have two guys out (Blayne Brownfield and Trevor Siefke) and basically 35 points per game off the floor, we have to do some things and shorten the game up. Making it a shorter game was to our advantage in the long run.”
In the second quarter, the game sped up more with both teams putting pressure on the others offense.
“We were trying to speed the game up in the second quarter,” Thompson said. “That was our plan from the beginning. We were going to press but then we went man to man to try and speed them up.”
Luke Green had a game-high 23 points for the Tigers. Green added eight rebounds and four steals. Isaiah Greathouse had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Eddie Stock added 11 points.
“We just tried to keep the flow up on them,” Green said. “We can’t hold back.”
“When he is on, the other guys just pick up the flow,” Thompson said about Green. “They feed off of him.”
“He does a great job,” Huckshold said. “I gave him a hug and told him that its been a pleasure watching him play for four years.”
For Lisbon, Ryan McCullough had 13 points. Hunter Dailey added 10 points and eight rebounds. McCullough fouled out on a charge call with three minutes remaining in the third quarter with the score 31-23.
“We tried to limit his touches and when he gave it up, we tried not to let him get it back,” Thompson said about McCullough.
Lisbon starters Trevor Siefke and Blayne Brownfield missed the game due to season-ending injuries. Logan Stauffer left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury after a hard fall.
“At some point, guys have to step up,” Huckshold said. “We have preached all year that things like that are nothing but excuses. We have dealt with injuries all year and kids have been hurt all year. Those are nothing but excuses.”
For Lisbon, this senior classes legacy will live on past their time as a Blue Devil.
“This group, three of the seniors I coached their brothers or multiple brothers,” Huckshold said. “I have seen them grow up since they were ball boys in the program. This one hits home a little different because seeing those kids come through our whole program, it’s emotional.
“They are great young men and they are going to do great things in life,” Huckshold added.
For Wellsville, since Mathews is the 12th seed, they will have at least one more home game on Tuesday.
“It gives me one more time to get on this floor,” Green said.
≤ Mathews upset third-seeded Heartland Christian in overtime, 67-63.
≤ Lisbon picked up three technical fouls in the contest (McCullough, H. Dailey, Huckshold).
≤ Wellsville and East Liverpool are the only Columbiana County boys teams left in the tournament.
≤ “I know nothing about Mathews but I got film,” Thompson said. “I don’t like to get to far ahead and take it one game at a time. But we will watch film. We will be ready.”
LISBON: 10- 7-11-13–41
LISBON SCORING: Adam Spencer 2-0-6, Ryan McCullough 6-1-13, Tyler Welsh 1-0-3, Hunter Sturgeon 2-0-4, Logan Stauffer 2-0-5, Hunter Dailey 4-1-10, Austin Dailey 0-0-0, Chris Dunn 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 17-38, 2-3:41.
WELLSVILLE SCORING: Luke Green 7-5-23, Jaxon Brewer 2-6-10, Isaiah Greathouse 3-4-13, Eddie Stock 5-1-11, Nathan McGraw 0-0-0, Gavin Kountz 0-2-2, Korbin Kersey 0-0-0, Kolby Ramsey 0-0-0, Charlie Wilson 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 17-41, 18-26: 59.
Three-point goals: Lisbon 5 (Spencer 2, Welsh, Stauffer, H. Dailey), Wellsville 7 (Green 4, Greathouse 3).s