Hudson, Ohio - The first of five games of the Hudson Holiday Classic was Warren Harding going up against Green High School. The Bulldogs of Green came in at 5-2 while the Warren Harding Raiders were 4-2. Both teams looked to set a good standard for other games to be played today.
Winning the tip was Green and they started off by Mark Danner hitting a 3-pointer. Khamari Adams hit his own triple for Warren Harding as well.
Green seemed unstoppable on the offensive end rarely coming up empty on possessions. The score at the end of the first was 17-12 in favor of Green after Patien Stevenson hit a tough fadeaway to end the quarter for Warren Harding.
To start the second quarter, no one scored for a bit. Luke Ickes set up a lob for Nikola Bundalo giving Green another two points. Bundalo later got a putback layup to fall.
Brady Rollyson intercepted a pass, and slammed it down for Green with ease on the other end. Stevenson finally scored for Warren Harding after about five minutes into the second period. The score at halftime was 33-20 in favor of the Bulldogs.
To start the second half Green came out and hit a 3-pointer from the corner, then immediately got a layup in transition afterwards. Stevenson later hit an and-one, but missed his free throw.
Loyal Foster hit a 3-pointer for Warren Harding, trying to get back into the game. Foster also hit another and-one as well but Harding trailed 53-35 after three.
Warren Harding hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth as they tried to get back into the game. Later Bundalo dunked in transition with no one else nearby. Green started playing conservatively with their lead, taking their time with their possessions and taking easier shots. The Bulldogs were able to hang on for a 65-59 win over the Raiders to open the day of games.
I caught up with Green Bulldogs longtime coach Mark Kinsley after the game.
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