WARREN — It seemed hard for fans not to make the Warren G. Harding-Howland basketball game about the Battle of the Bubons.
Coaches and brothers Dan and Gabe Bubon were facing off for the first time, which made for an interesting plot to the matchup, but the game itself was even more interesting.
The Raiders rallied from a 28-point second-half deficit to tie the game in the final minute, but Howland’s Cameron Durig banked in a runner in the lane with 20 seconds remaining, and Harding missed a barrage of 3-pointers in the final seconds as the Tigers held on, 79-77.
It was Howland’s first victory over the Raiders in 29 years and stopped a four-game losing streak that was frustrating Dan and the Tigers (4-7, 1-2 All-American Conference, Red Tier).
“That’s an unbelievable game,” Dan Bubon said. “Cam Durig, that kid works so hard, (but) at times he gets so down on himself. I was so happy he made that game-winning play. He didn’t second-guess himself. He went right in, and that’s a tough shot he made. It was like a running, pull-up 8-foot bank shot. That’s not easy, but he didn’t hesitate.”
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.