CANTON: Copley senior Kenny Paramore is most comfortable on the basketball court near the rim.
Paramore made himself well acquainted with the rim Monday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center by leading Copley to a 59-47 victory over Wooster in a Division I sectional semifinal.
Paramore scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals for the Indians (13-10), who led the Generals (13-10) for a majority of the game.
“Kenny is an undersized big man, but he is extremely athletic and he can get by guys,” Copley coach Mark Dente said. “He is going up against 6-5 or 6-6 guys, but he is extremely athletic and can beat them off the dribble and get to the basket. He had 11 field goals and I would guess all of them were layups.”
Paramore, a 6-foot-1 forward, was at his best in the second half when he scored 10 points in the third quarter and seven points in the fourth quarter.
“Most of my buckets come inside the paint,” Paramore said. “On the inside, I just focus, use the square [on the backboard] and make sure I finish.”
Copley will play Canton Timken in a sectional final at 6:15 p.m. Friday.
“We played good team ball to advance to the next round,” Copley senior Jayln Tyler said.
“Timken is a good team, but as long as we listen to our coach and fix up the things we need to fix up, we will be alright.”
Tyler, a 6-2 guard, finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Junior Brandon Chillious scored 13 points and had four rebounds for Copley, which led 26-25 at halftime.
“Early on we knew they were going to stay back in a zone,” Dente said. “We made enough shots to keep it close. We came out in the second half and we were able to get a little bit of a lead. We were able to pull the ball out and spread the floor on them, and ultimately shoot layups. That has been the key to our success all year.”
Indians senior DeAire Andrew scored six points. Senior Aregeros Turner and sophomore Conner Huth both scored five points. Turner had four assists.
“We played great as a team,” Paramore said. “We kept moving the ball and hitting open shots. We played real good defense tonight.”
Cameron Daugherty, a 6-6 sophomore, paced Wooster with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Senior James Preston scored 10 points for the Generals, senior Grant Stokes contributed nine points and junior Corey Beckett added eight points.
Canton McKinley 66, Kenmore 46
Senior Mike Mills scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (7-16) over the Cardinals (8-14) in the nightcap at the Civic Center.
McKinley will meet Barberton at 8 p.m. Friday in a sectional final.
“We are happy with this win,” McKinley coach Keith Noftz said. “Whenever you are 6-16 and you can win by 20 points in a tournament game, you feel pretty good. We have been close all year. We are better than our 6-16 record.”
Mills, a 6-foot-8 center, scored 15 points in the second half. McKinley placed three other players in double figures, sophomore Marcellius Pittman (15 points), junior Sam Burton (13 points) and senior Hollis Alexander (11 points).
Burton also snagged 12 rebounds. Alexander added seven rebounds and five assists.
McKinley outscored Kenmore 40-12 in the second and fourth quarters.
“We started off slow, but we really picked our play up in the second half,” Mills said. “Our fourth quarter was really big for us.”
Oshay Vinson, a 6-3 junior, paced Kenmore with 21 points and eight rebounds. Senior DeSean Ballinger added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.