WARREN, Pa. – COVID-19 may have taken the fanfare away from Warren and Youngsville, but the two nevertheless delivered a good basketball game for the second year in a row.
(Youngsville’s Joe Mack looks to pass through a crowd of defenders. Photo by Jon Stiler.)
In the end it was the Dragons that pulled away late for a 61-44 win, thanks to 25 points and 12 rebounds from senior Ben Berdine and a career-high 24 points from Parks Ordiway.
Ordiway, a sophomore, doubled his previous career-high set in the Dragons’ last game, a win over Oil City.
Ordiway talked about the win afterward.
Brady Olewine played a strong second-half for Youngsville, scoring nine of his team-high 14 points over the final 16 minutes.
Both teams were dealing with injuries, as Warren played without senior Payton Barnes and Youngsville without seniors Ethan Kesterholt and Austin Peterson.
Timber Bower knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3’s to get Youngsville off to a strong start. Bower finished with 10 points.
Berdine scored eight points in the first quarter for the Dragons and Ordiway connected on three triples in the second quarter to help give the Dragons a 33-26 halftime lead.
Tommy Nyquist and JT Blum were all over the defensive end of the floor for the Dragons.
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Joe Mack, who finished with nine points, came out and hit a 3 in the third quarter to keep the Eagles within striking distance, but Berdine and Ordiway continued their offensive onslaught to help the Dragons pull away late.
The win was the third-straight for the Dragons (3-2).
The game served as Senior Night for the Dragons. Senior basketball players Berdine, Alex Borger, Barnes and Ian Darling were honored, as well as the Warren cheerleaders and Youngsville senior basketball players.
Warren is right back in action on Saturday, hosting Punxsutawney (JV – 2 p.m., varsity to follow). Youngsville returns to action Wednesday against Union City.