BARBERTON: The right corner on Greynolds Floor at Barberton High School belonged to junior guard Scott Sabol on Friday.
Sabol made five 3-pointers and received plenty of assistance from a variety of other Barberton shooters to defeat Firestone 62-49 in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Magics (14-6) made more 3-point shots (13) than 2-point shots (10) to secure the win on Senior Night.
“Our team shoots a lot of 3s,” Sabol said. “This doesn’t happen much, but it does happen a couple times a year. We are a good shooting team.”
Sabol made 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions in the right corner to conclude the third quarter and give the Magics a 52-44 lead.
“Scotty can really shoot the ball,” Magics coach Ken Rector said. “Our kids know he can shoot it. He is shooting 45 percent from 3 on the year. If he misses five in a row and doesn’t shoot the next one, everybody is all over him because they know he is capable of making 10 in a row.”
Sabol finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
“Teammates were looking for me and setting good screens,” Sabol said. “I just wanted to knock them down and give my team a lead.”
Junior forward Nate Painter made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Senior guard Eric Hummel converted three 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Both players had five rebounds and three assists.
“I think when you draw up what your Senior Night should look like, tonight is about it,” Rector said. “The kids all played hard and unselfish. It is not like we have a big stud in the middle where we throw the ball in and kick it out to get our looks. We have to get our looks by the kids being unselfish and moving the ball. Tonight they did that.
“When somebody got hot, they found him immediately on the next possession. They kept each other pumped up. I am proud of them and I’m really excited for them.”
Firestone (14-6) entered the game confident after a 90-73 win over visiting Green on Tuesday, but struggled defending Barberton’s shooters.
“We knew it coming in,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said of the Magics’ perimeter prowess. “That was No. 1 on my chart. We had to stop the 3s and we didn’t. We went zone and we went man defensively. We were helping a little bit too much on man. We knew they were a great shooting team.”
Barberton led 22-16 after one quarter and 35-32 at halftime.
“We worked really hard in practice,” Painter said. “We had two hard practices to get ready for this game. We just came out and executed. We were not selfish at all. We distributed the ball and got a good win. We are hyped for the [Division I] tournament.”
Senior guard Stefan Willis led Firestone with 17 points and 10 steals. Junior forward Jerome Lane contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Senior forward Sam Jerome had nine points and five rebounds for Barberton. Freshman guard Joshua Williams added eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“We wanted to get a win for the seniors,” Sabol said. “We wanted to play hard for them and get them a win the last time on the court.”
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