In the final seconds of Tuesday’s All-American Conference Red opener, Canfield’s Jake Kowal launched a 3-point try that hit the rim and bounced to a Warren Harding player. A basket would have tied the game; instead, the Raiders’ D’Muntize Owens went on to make four free throws to secure a 53-48 victory.
Harding coach Gabe Bubon was pleased with how his inexperienced players found a way to hang on.
“We’re still learning how to finish games,” Bubon said. “Four weeks ago, we would have blown that game, there’s no doubt in my mind.
“But they are getting more comfortable in those situations. We had a rough spot earlier in the year, they seemed to have bounced back pretty well.”
DeAveion Burgess led the Raiders with 17 points and Dom McGhee scored 15.
“This was very fun,” Burgess said. “We kept it together. It’s a real big win for us.”
Canfield started strong. Aydin Hanousek’s basket gave the Cards (5-6, 0-1) a 10-5 lead.
Then the Raiders (5-5, 1-0) surged with a 10-2 run.
In the second quarter, McGhee’s 3-pointer gave the Raiders a 22-14 lead. Then it was the Cards’ turn to finish a quarter strong. Their 9-2 run made it a one-point lead at halftime. Conor Crogan nailed a 3-pointer right before the break.
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.