WARREN — The Warren G. Harding boys basketball team celebrated the Warren Western Reserve basketball program in its inaugural “throwback game” Friday night.
Despite donning replica 1977 Reserve uniforms, playing in front of a huge crowd and all the pomp surrounding the event, Harding had little to celebrate on the floor as the Raiders fell victim to a talented and inspired Boardman squad.
The Spartans dominated throughout and improved to 17-1 overall with a 59-35 win to sew up their second-consecutive All-American Conference, Red Tier championship. They are 7-0 in the league with the finale being Feb. 21 against Austintown Fitch.
“Outside of the results of the game, it was a great night for the kids and a great night for the city,” Harding coach Keelyn Franklin said. “They came out to support us in this first throwback game. Obviously, wish we could have put on a better display for everybody that came to watch. But the support was there and that’s all you can ask for on a Friday night as a basketball coach or basketball player.”
The Raiders, who slippped to 12-7 and 5-2, will play at Lakeside on Tuesday before their league finale Friday at Fitch. Their regular-season finale is Feb. 18 at Massillon.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.