GOTW Preview: Ursuline at Harding, 2/17

High School Boys’ Basketball Game of the Week
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ursuline (15-5) at Warren Harding (16-3)

Last Five Meetings
Jan. 4, 2014 – Harding 64-61
Nov. 30, 2012 – Harding, 71-52
Feb. 6, 2009 – Harding, 69-66
Jan. 31, 2009 – Harding, 71-43
Feb. 8, 2008 – Harding, 79-49

Series History: Harding has won the last seven meetings. Ursuline defeated the Raiders for the last time on February 3, 2007 (47-46).

Last Meeting: Harding’s freshman Derek Culver scored 16 points and grabbed 11 boards in Harding’s 64-61 victory over Ursuline last January. Shakem Johnson, Anthony Bell and Jarelle Johnson all added 10 points. David Collins posted 16 points for Ursuline as Mark Hughes had 15.

Noteworthy
This contest was originally scheduled to take place on December 9.

Ursuline began the season with a 13-1 record but has since dropped four of their last six games. In their first fourteen games, Ursuline scored 70 points or more six times. During the last six match ups, the Irish has been only able to score 70 once.

In Ursuline’s last time out, the Irish were upset by Mooney 47-43 on Friday. David Collins scored 17 and Mark Hughes added 12.

Despite the Raiders’ loss to Poland a week and a half ago, Harding has won four of their last five within the past 18 days. The Raiders won at least a share of the All-American Red Division title this season with an 11-1 mark in league play.

Within the past week, Harding defeated East twice by a combined score of 169-105. Last Tuesday, Shondell Jackson led the Raiders attack in their 100-62 victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Harding made 15 three-point baskets. In Friday’s meeting, Harding didn’t have many problems with the Panthers as they knocked off East 69-43. Gabe Simpson tallied 16 points as Shondell Jackson finished with 14.

Results
Ursuline
Dec. 12 – Ursuline 56 East 38
Dec. 13 – St. Vincent-St. Mary 66 Ursuline 59
Dec. 16 – Ursuline 70 LaBrae 46
Dec. 19 – Ursuline 79 Gilmour Academy 49
Dec. 20 – Ursuline 70 Hoover 55
Dec. 27 – Ursuline 59 Perry 50
Dec. 29 – Ursuline 79 Canal Winchester 73
Dec. 30 – Ursuline 75 East Liverpool 69
Jan. 5 – Ursuline 68 Sharon 55
Jan. 10 – Ursuline 48 Berea-Midpark 43
Jan. 13 – Ursuline 66 Lake Catholic 51
Jan. 17 – Ursuline 58 Canton Central Catholic 48
Jan. 20 – Ursuline 95 East Palestine 27
Jan. 24 – Ursuline 60 NDCL 49
Jan. 25 – St. Ignatius 66 Ursuline 55
Jan. 27 – Massillon 81 Ursuline 72
Feb. 3 – Shaker Heights 79 Ursuline 67
Feb. 6 – Ursuline 63 Mooney 47
Feb. 10 – Ursuline 64 St. Thomas Aquinas 44
Feb. 13 – Mooney 47 Ursuline 43

Warren Harding
Dec. 5 – Harding 68 Boardman 48
Dec. 12 – Harding 60 Fitch 54
Dec. 13 – Harding 83 Massillon 75
Dec. 16 – Harding 70 Canfield 58
Dec. 19 – Harding 107 Howland 43
Dec. 22 – Harding 66 Strong Vincent 64
Dec. 27 – St. Ignatius 61 Harding 55
Jan. 2 – Harding 65 Poland 50
Jan. 13 – Harding 64 Boardman 45
Jan. 16 – Harding 55 Cleveland Heights 52
Jan. 20 – Harding 76 Fitch 55
Jan. 23 – Harding 74 Canfield 68
Jan. 25 – Harding 70 Medina 68
Jan. 27 – Cleveland Central Catholic 60 Harding 49
Jan. 31 – Harding 80 Timken 66
Feb. 3 – Harding 72 Howland 36
Feb. 6 – Poland 69 Harding 54
Feb. 10 – Harding 100 East 62
Feb. 13 – Harding 69 East 43

Rankings
Points Scored: Harding, 70.4; Ursuline, 65.3
Points Allowed: Ursuline, 54.1; Harding, 56.7

Remaining Schedule
Ursuline (15-5)
Feb. 21 – at East (2-17)

Warren Harding (16-3)
Feb. 17 – at Canton McKinley (5-11)
Feb. 20 – Jackson (15-3)

Tournament Draw
Division 3/Canton District: (1) Ursuline vs. (12) Grand Valley at 7 pm on March 3
Division 1/Solon District: (4) Warren Harding vs. (21) Euclid at 7 pm on March 4

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