Booher’s big night leads ’Cats to OT victory
Shenango (62) Vs. Wilmington (59)
Brenton Booher was on his game for the Shenango High boys basketball team last night.

With seconds to go in overtime, Booher nailed a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 62-59 victory over Wilmington in the Union Tournament.

“It was back and forth until Booher hit that big three. I thought we did a good job of controlling the basketball,” Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said.

The game didn’t begin as promising for the Wildcats (2-5), as they trailed 16-6 after an uninspired first quarter.

“It was a slow start for us,” McQuiston said. “We were down by five by the half. In the third, we came on strong. I thought the intensity level wasn’t there in the first.”

Booher’s 25-point effort was a career high. Brian Tanner scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats.

“We spread the floor and Tanner finished the plays,” McQuiston said. “I think both him and Booher stepped up in scoring. I thought not turning it over that much was key. In tight games you have to get those hustle plays, and we got them.”

The Greyhounds (3-3) were unable to find the defensive stops in the second half. In the fourth quarter, missed shots and free-throws carried the game into overtime.

“Defensively, Shenango did a good job of adapting,” Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. “We had a little bit of a letdown as the quarters progressed. We missed some key shots in the fourth quarter and overtime. We were 6 of 12 from the free-throw line in those quarters. You can’t let that happen.”

Jordan Smith recorded a career-high 31 points along with three 3-pointers and 10 rebounds for Wilmington.

“Jordan’s put a little time in the offseason,” Jeckavitch said. “He’s the one player on our team who can create a mismatch all over the floor. His outside game is one of the things we worked on in the offseason with him. He kind of shined. He really expects that out of himself.”

Jesse Hilliard was next with 11 points. Ryan Brumbaugh grabbed a team-high 15 boards despite fighting through cold symptoms.

“Ryan’s a tough kid inside,” Jeckavitch said. “He really showed his heart. He pushed through it.”
Game Scoreboard
Shenango 6 13 21 13 9 62
Wilmington 16 8 15 14 6 59
Box Scores
Greg DePorzio 0 1-4 1
Brian Tanner 9 1-2 19
Ryley Ferrari 2 0-1 4
James Jacobs 3 0-3 6
Brenton Booher 11 1-5 25
Shaun Conner 0 0-0 0
Ryan Smith 1 0-0 3
James Micco 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 28 3-15 62.
Rocco Fagan 3 1-3 8
Jesse Hilliard 4 3-5 11
Jordan Smith 11 6-8 31
Ryan Brumbaugh 2 1-2 5
Hunter Taylor 0 0-0 0
Davis Smith 0 2-2 2
Dimitri Martini 1 0-0 2
Travis Brumbaugh 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 213-20 59 .

SHENANGO 6 13 21 13 9 — 62
WILMINGTON 16 8 15 14 6 — 59
3-point goals — Shenango 3 (Booher 2, Smith 1); Wilmington 4 (J. Smith 3, Fagan 1).

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