BARBERTON: The spirit of coach Jack Greynolds lives on every day in Barberton.
Greynolds passed away in 2005, and each year since, the Magic City hosts an event in his name on one day, including Saturday when a collection of 12 basketball teams gathered in the ninth annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic for six games.
Proceeds from the classic are donated to the Barberton community for stroke awareness education and healthy youth activities.
“Jack was a great coach,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said. “He always had great teams and Barberton is a great program. We have a hard time against them. This is something that is for a great cause. My mom passed away from complications from a stroke, so anytime we can help out with something like this is great. We love being here. Marty [Bidlingmyer] does a great job and they are so well organized. When you think of Barberton, you think of basketball.”
Firestone 65, Copley 49
The Falcons (1-1) opened up a 31-12 lead and then held on to defeat the Indians (0-5).
Two Firestone players — 6-foot-3 senior Evan Kennerly and 6-5 sophomore Raybon Lewis — posted career highs in points. Kennerly finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Lewis chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.
“With Evan being a senior and a three-year starter, I expect that,” Milo said. “He took a leadership role this year. He is a vocal leader and we haven’t had that in awhile.”
Falcons senior guard JaeQuan Jones had six points and five assists. Senior Brandon Chillious paced Copley with 14 points, and sophomore Larnell Nealy had nine points.
“Knowing that they were more of an undersized team I just attacked the rack hard,” Kennerly said. “I let the game come to me. My free throws were not really there [made 7-of-12]. I gotta work on that a little more, but overall attacking the hoop did the job.”
Jackson 73, Hoban 65
Seniors Evan Bailey and Mitchell Pugh both reached double figures to lead the Polar Bears (2-0). Bailey, 6-6, totaled 24 points and four assists, and Pugh, 6-3, tallied 19 points and six rebounds. Junior Tyler Dunn scored nine points
“It means a lot to me to come back to Barberton,” said Jackson coach Tim Debevec, a 1988 Barberton graduate. “I am passionate about Barberton still and that is why we wanted to come back. I have a lot of great memories from here. These kids understand basketball and I was able to learn life lessons from coach Greynolds. He taught me about basketball and about life. It is great to bring a team that works hard and plays together.”
Senior guards Michael Londa (24 points) and Christian Waite (16 points) led the Knights (1-2). Sophomore Anthony Christian had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
GlenOak 60, Norton 50
Junior Brandon Grider scored 21 points and senior Jacob Boring netted 13 points to guide the Golden Eagles (1-1). The Panthers (3-1) got 19 points from senior Justin Blanks and 12 points from Jeff Schulte.
“It is cool to be part of this classic,” said GlenOak coach Jack Greynolds Jr., a 1984 Barberton graduate. “It is nice to come back and see the people. The thing I am most proud of is my father had the stroke in 1987 and people still remember him, what he did and what he stood for. Mr. [Larry] Bidlingmyer put this together nine years ago and it has grown each year and they have done a lot of stuff with rehab and stroke awareness, which is really great. It is nice to see them helping other people.”
Louisville 61, Barberton 48
Junior Blake Hoover scored 20 points and senior Bryce Mathie added 13 points to propel the Leopards (1-1). Sophomore Buzz Walker scored nine points for the Magics (1-2).
Northwestern 49, Manchester 47
Derek Koch scored 20 points and Malachi Nolletti had 10 points to lead the Huskies (2-1). Austin Klein paced the Panthers (0-1) with 13 points and Matt Sipos had nine points.
Orrville 59, Northwest 48
Luke Smith and Blake Dennis each scored 15 points, and Trevor Summers contributed 13 points to lead the Red Riders (1-2). Andrew Colon and Jackson Schultz both scored eight points for the Indians (0-2).
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