WARREN — Intensity. It’s something the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team needs to fuel itself each game.
In the first half Friday night, it was anything but, as neither team reached 30 points. The Raiders started to break some of those cobwebs off the initial, poor-shooting 16 minutes and went on to a 65-49 victory over Ashtabula Lakeside in an All-American Conference Red Tier matchup.
Coach Gabe Bubon saw WGH (6-5, 2-0 AAC Red) a second late on closeouts and pretty much everything else. The first-year coach said his team isn’t good enough to be a step slow and has to be focused 100 percent of the time on the floor — either as it was Friday at Warren G. Harding High School or away from the Raiders’ home.
“I think I saw someone in the stands fall asleep,” said Bubon of the first half in which WGH held a 26-25 lead. “We woke up in the third. A win’s a win. We’re still trying to learn and get better. I wish it would be a lot prettier, but at the end of the day we’re over .500. That feels good.”
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.