Game of the Week Preview: Mooney-Ursuline, 1/8

High School Basketball Game of the Week – Cardinal Mooney (5-1) at Ursuline (6-4)
Friday, January 8, 2016 LIVE 7PM on MyYTV
Also streamed LIVE on wkbn.com and WKBN mobile app

Last Five Meetings
Feb. 13, 2015 – Mooney 47-43
Feb. 6, 2015 – Ursuline, 63-47
Feb. 7, 2014 – Ursuline, 64-57
Jan. 10, 2014 – Ursuline, 75-74
Feb. 8, 2013 – Ursuline, 71-39

Series History
The Irish had defeated Mooney in eight straight meetings before falling the day before Valentine’s Day one year ago (47-43).

Last Meeting
Mooney upset their rival, 7th ranked Ursuline, 47-43 on the Cardinals’ home floor last February. Mooney trailed by 4 at the half but stormed back to secure the victory behind Antonio Bruno’s 22 points and Andrew Armstrong’s double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds).

Team Scoring
Scoring Offense: Ursuline, 58.8; Mooney, 57.2
Scoring Defense: Mooney, 51.2; Ursuline, 53.2

Game Notes
On December 22, Cardinal Mooney fell to Benedictine 46-44 to take their first setback of the season despite outscoring the Bengals 27-22 in the second half. Andrew Armstrong led the way with 15 while Trell Thomas added 13. The Cardinals have won their last two games over Lake Catholic (56-47) three days prior to the first of the year and by topping Warren JFK (52-41) on Tuesday.

In the Cardinals’ two road games, Mooney has won both against Maple Heights (69-66) and over Canton South (73-68).

Last Saturday, Greg Parella went over 1,000-points for his career in Ursuline’s 74-51 win over North East at home. The Irish have won three of their first four contests as the home team. Ursuline has won three of their last four contests.

In their last matchup, Ursuline fell to Lake Catholic despite rallying back from a 9-point deficit at halftime. Parella led the Irish with 17 while Armand Nasseri added 16.

Playoff Preview?
Ursuline makes the jump back up to Division II this season. That puts the Irish into the Boardman District along with Cardinal Mooney, who they could conceivably meet in the post season.

Last 3 Playoff Meetings
2006 District Semifinal: Ursuline, 50-41
2005 Sectional Final: Ursuline, 67-59
2004 District Semifinal: Mooney, 62-55

Mooney’s AP First-Team selections
1989 – Scott Parker, SR
1986 – Vince Marrow, JR

Ursuline’s AP First-Team selections
2015 – Mark Hughes, SR
1974 – Tim Joyce, SR

Upcoming Schedule
Cardinal Mooney
Jan. 9 – at Hubbard
Jan. 12 – Fitch
Jan. 15 – St. Ignatius

Ursuline
Jan. 10 – vs. Garfield Heights at Walsh
Jan. 12 – at Warren JFK
Jan. 16 – at East
Jan. 17 – vs. First Love Academy at Hoover

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