BARBERTON: Scott Sabol figured he was due.
The Barberton sharpshooter believed it was about time he sank a game-winning shot, and Sabol’s 3-pointer from the right corner with one second left in the second overtime lifted the Magics to a heart-stopping 69-67 win over visiting Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday night.
“They doubled Josh [Williams] and I just moved to the open corner,” said Sabol, a 6-3 senior, who scored all 22 of his points after halftime. “He got me the ball and I made it for the team.”
After late-game near misses against Wadsworth and Lake, Sabol was happy to connect and happy to be mobbed by his teammates in the back hallway after his sixth 3-pointer of the game was decisive. “It felt good,” Sabol said. “It was nice.”
The game featured 12 ties and 12 lead changes.
Junior Angelo Cugini at 1:36 and senior Devin Speicher at 10.3 seconds made clutch 3-pointers late in regulation enabling Cuyahoga Falls (10-5) to extend the game.
Barberton senior guard Troy Brummond sank two free throws with 25.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Magics a 49-46 lead.
Speicher, stuck in foul trouble most of the game, drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie the score at 49-49.
Barberton (10-5) came up empty on its final possession of regulation time.
The first overtime provided outstanding basketball. The Black Tigers answered the Magics four consecutive times and took a 58-57 lead on senior Henry Shaw’s layup on a feed from junior Joshua Ricker with 1:20 left.
Barberton sophomore Joshua Williams split two free throws with 27 seconds left to make it 58-58.
Cuyahoga Falls was forced into a difficult shot from the baseline and the ball went out of bounds with 6.7 seconds left, giving the Magics an opportunity to win it. However, Williams drew a double team on a long pass and stepped on the sideline for a turnover and a second overtime ensued.
Ricker’s 3-pointer gave the Black Tigers a 61-59 lead at 3:18 of the second overtime. Williams then took over the game for Barberton, scoring back-to-back baskets to put his team on top 63-61 at 2:34.
Cugini’s two free throws tied it at 63-63. An offensive rebound by senior Andrew Daniels with less than two minutes to go gave Barberton a second-chance opportunity, and Sabol cashed it in from the corner and the Magics led 66-63.
But Ricker responded with a driving layup to trim the deficit to 66-65, and Cugini’s layup at 0:29 had the Black Tigers back on top 67-66.
Williams drove the lane and was blocked by Cugini with 15.6 seconds left. The ball stayed with Barberton and set the stage for Sabol’s winning shot.
Williams was doubled team near the top of the key, then bobbled the ball slightly before finding Sabol in the right corner. Cuyahoga Falls was left with one second and a half-court pass was intercepted.
Ricker had a game-high 26 points for the Black Tigers, including 14 in the first quarter. Cugini had seven points in the two extra periods and finished with 21.
Williams tallied 18 points for the Magics to go along with six assists and two steals.
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