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Senior Classic boys game ends with 130-128 win for Team Orange

Mar. 12—ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — There was a Halloween theme during the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation 2024 Senior Classic boys game on Monday evening at Edgewood High School.

The uniform colors were orange and black, and there was some "scary" defense being played. The two teams of seniors were created by organizers and then the competition began.

Edgewood High School Athletic Adminstrator Steve Kray said the teams were chosen "as random as possible."

The last-go around for the senior boys included a lot of 3-pointers and numerous dunks, and a 130-128 final score as Team Orange won.

The game was still up for grabs with five seconds to go, but a 3-pointer fell short.

The game started with guards Pymatuning Valley's Zane Neczeporenko and Conneaut's Chance Loomis jumping for the opening tap.

Loomis ended up being the center point of the game, earning two trophies. He was the game's most valuable player and 3-point champion.

Loomis scored 31 points, had six rebounds and five assists.

"I didn't know I had that many," he said with a laugh.

The opportunity to play with the best senior basketball players in the county was the highlight of the evening, Loomis said.

Geneva coach Eric Bowser coached Team Orange to victory.

"The game is fun," he said. ".It's good to see them in a different realm. They shot the ball well."

The defense played was nominal at best except when PV's Trevor Clute covered teammate Caydence Wiser with a wry smile.

Lakers coach Ryan Shontz, who was in attendance to watch, said he had five players spread across the two teams.

"It is a lot of fun for the seniors to come out and play one last time as seniors," he said.

The players interacted with each other while tossing threes from all over the court. Wiser dropped in a 3-pointer from half court and numerous players tried trick shots and dunks.