Magics, Panthers win league games

Barberton and Norton each won boys basketball games Feb. 19 against conference rivals.

Barberton defeated Kent Roosevelt 72-50 at home, as the team won both matchups versus the Rough Riders this season.

Kent started off strong, as they led 17-12 after one quarter, but it was all Barberton from there. The Magics led 28-26 at halftime before scoring the first 9 points in the third to breeze to a win.

Seniors Anthony Cook and Jamair Blackmon each led the way for Barberton. Cook led all players with 22 points to go along with four rebounds and four steals, while Blackmon had 19 points and six steals. Bennett Miller (10 points, four steals), Tony Fox (8 points), Chanden Lee (5 points), Glen Parker (4 points, eight rebounds), Kaige Lowe (2 points) and Andrew Stefan (2 points) also scored.

The Magics improved to 9-5 (6-3 Suburban League) and return for a home game against Aurora Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. The team will then finish the regular season Monday, Feb. 22 at home versus Shaw before opening the tournament at Copley Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Norton finished their regular season with a 67-54 win at Woodridge to complete a perfect season in Metro Athletic Conference games.

The Panthers led 26-24 late in the second, but ended the half on an 11-4 run to take a 37-28 lead, and a dominant third quarter gave them a 54-36 lead after three.

Tommy Reynolds scored 11 first quarter points and finished with a game-high 26 to go along with five rebounds. Phillip Wallace followed with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Nolan Dobben (8 points), Collin Lucas (7), Eli Hirst (6), Larry Harper (4), Luke Dobbins (2) and Mason Etheridge (1) also scored.

Norton finishes the season with an 18-2 record, and they will receive a first round bye in the tournament before playing the winner of Benedictine and Holy Name Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. on their own floor.

Tony Fox makes a 3-pointer from the corner against Kent.

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