BARBERTON 71, COPLEY 51
Varsity Letters Player of the Game: Barberton senior guard Steve Pitts scored five of his 11 points to help the Magics close the first half with a 13-3 run. With the help of the scoring run, Barberton earned a 33-19 halftime lead and never looked back Tuesday in a game between two Suburban League rivals.
Pitts didn't lead Barberton (4-0, 3-0) in scoring but his points came during a crucial time in the game. He also guarded Copley's lone returning starter, senior forward/guard Michael Coon, and held him to six points.
"(Pitts is) probably our best defensive player," said Barberton sophomore guard Jacob North, who had a team-high 14 points. "And he brings a lot of energy. He gets us all ready for the game. He's a good guy, and he's a great leader."
Copley junior guard Elliot Brown is worthy of an honorable mention for player of the game. Brown made several mid-range jump shots on his way to a game-high 20 points.
"He obviously played very well," Copley coach Steve Coon said of Brown. "He rebounded the ball well and shot it well, so he was a bright spot for us.''
Copley's record fell to 2-3, 1-2.
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Copley junior guard DeLon Evans (left) and senior forward Michael Coon (right) try to block Barberton junior guard Darryle Duncan's shot. Duncan finished with 13 points to help the Magics defeat the Indians 71-51 on Tuesday night.