Warren Harding boys basketball coach Gabe Bubon has an understanding with the Raiders. If they give him what he’s looking for on the defensive end, he won’t wave the red flag on the offensive end.
Senior guard Dom McGhee reaped the benefits of a green flag waving freely as he guided Harding to Thursday’s 83-66 victory over Garfield Heights.
The rematch of last season’s Division I district championship game was played in front of a raucous crowd.
“[Winning in front of this crowd] was everything,” McGhee said. “The city of Warren came out to support us. It meant everything. We just wanted to get the win.”
The Raiders (2-1) were 12 of 31 (38.7 percent) from beyond the arc in outracing the Bulldogs (2-2).
“You know what, the offense is what it is,” Bubon said. “I love our defense right now. In the brush game, we had the wrong expectations. We just weren’t ready for that moment.
“We really improved our defense. The guys don’t get the green light if they don’t play defense. If they play defense, I let them fire.”
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.