Magics win back-to-back in return to play

Barberton’s boys basketball team improved to 3-2 with Suburban League American Conference wins against Kent Roosevelt and Highland.

The Magics defeated Kent 67-59 Jan. 5 and Highland 59-55 Jan. 8 after not playing since Dec. 8 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Anthony Cook led the team with 24 points against Kent. Tony Fox followed with 17 points while Bennett Miller added 13. Also scoring were Jamair Blackmon (7), Goran Bundalo (4) and Glen Parker (2).

Cook then led a balanced scoring effort against Highland, as he had 16 points and four rebounds while Fox (eight rebounds, three assists) and Parker (nine rebounds) followed with 14 points. Blackmon (9 points, seven rebounds, five assists), Miller (2 points, six rebounds), Kaige Lowe (2 points) and Treylan King (2) also scored.

The Magics never trailed in the game, as Cook made a pair of baskets before a Fox 3-pointer made it 7-0. Barberton led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, but the Hornets cut the lead to 2 with under one minute remaining, as the team made three 3-pointers during a 21-point frame.

However, the Magics pulled it out as Parker grabbed a rebound and scored before Blackmon was intentionally fouled and made both free throws to seal the win.

Barberton returns Saturday, Jan. 9 with their first non-conference game of the season at Canton Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m.

Junior forward Glen Parker drives to the net against Highland.

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