BARBERTON: Seniors Garrett Turnbaugh and Zane Ries loved playing in high-pressure situations with noisy crowds this past fall as members of the Barberton football team.

And they dig a crazy environment on the basketball court, too, as both played key roles Friday night in helping host Barberton earn a 79-76 victory over Copley.

“This is easily similar,” Turnbaugh said with a smile. “This was just on a court instead of a field. It got rowdy tonight and this place was packed. There were student sections and both sides were filled with fans. This was easily just like a football game.”

Junior Jordan Soyars made four 3-pointers and scored 26 points for Barberton (6-8, 3-4 Suburban League American Conference). Turnbaugh had 20 points and eight rebounds, senior Jordan Greynolds totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Ries had 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

“This is the best flat-out that we have played this whole year,” Soyars said.

Senior Anthony Dente paced Copley (8-4, 4-2) with six 3-pointers, 20 points and five rebounds. Seniors Brian Roberts Jr. and Aamir Solomon each scored 17 points for the Indians, and senior Isaiah Rogers contributed 15 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Roberts also had five assists and four rebounds.

“The winning plays we make here and there throughout most games, we made all game today,” Greynolds said. “That was the difference. This is the biggest win of the season.”

Copley led 17-16 after one quarter and 38-35 at halftime. Soyars scored 10 points in the third quarter, and Barberton took a 63-56 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We moved the ball in the third quarter and we knocked down our shots,” Soyars said. “That was the smartest we have played this whole year.”

Copley rallied to lead on multiple occasions with Dente scoring eight points in the fourth quarter. Barberton outscored Copley 8-5 in the final 3:02 as Soyars and Greynolds each scored four points.

Greynolds gave Barberton a 76-74 lead with a 3-pointer with around a minute left, and Soyars concluded the scoring with two free throws with 7.1 seconds to play.

“I have started all four years in basketball and this is the first win against Copley,” Ries said. “The locker room was very serious at halftime. There was a lot of emotion built up. It was like, ‘Yo, we got this guys. We have never beat these dudes and we have to come out in the second half just like we did in the first half and get it done.’ ”

Magics coach K. Jack Greynolds Jr. and Indians coach Mark Dente both liked how their teams competed in a hectic environment.

“This was probably the first game we put together where everybody contributed,” Greynolds said. “I thought Tuesday over at Revere we started that trend and tonight I think we had complete commitment from everybody.”

Dente lauded his players for their effort without Joe Boyer, Montell Hubbard and Diamond Jones, who are no longer with the team because of disciplinary reasons.

“I liked how we never gave up,” Dente said. “We just came up a little short. We lost three players today that I didn’t plan on, so we had a short bench tonight. We basically played five guys the entire game and every one of them gave me everything they had.

“Barberton shot lights out tonight and they deserved to win.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.