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Overtime ends McKinley's season, Rick Hairston retires after 18 years
Winner moves on to the Cleveland State Regional, Wednesday at 6:15 PM

                           
   
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2017  -  2018

     
   

CANTON

McKINLEY MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOG BASKETBALL

       
 

OHIO’S NUMBER 1 RANKED ALL-TIME WINS LEADER

     
   

HOME GAMES PLAYED IN THE HISTORIC

CANTON MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE

 

TIMES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

TICKET INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT CANTON CITY SCHOOLS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT LOCATED INSIDE MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE

1815 HARRISON AVE. N.W. CANTON, OHIO 44708-2612 - VOICE (330) 438-2741, FAX (330) 588-2146

OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 8:00 AM

       
   

ALL GAMES

FEDERAL LEAGUE

FIELD HOUSE

OUT OF CONFERENCE

       
   

 WINS

15

 LOSS

11

 WINS

8

 LOSS

4

 WINS

6

 LOSS

5

 WINS

4

 LOSS

6

       
             
             
   

Head Coach Rick Hairston, 3rd season at McKinley 50-27 (Career 264-148) 

Mike Brown, Varsity Assistant 

Chet Harper, Varisty Assistant

Mike McCleskey, Varsity Assistant

Scott Giammarco, Junior Varsity Head Coach

Corey Stevens, Freshman Head Coach.

LAST SEASON RECORD 13-10; 6-6

       
   

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RICK HAIRSTON

HEAD COACH

CHET HARPER

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

MIKE McCLESKEY

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

MIKE BROWN

  ASSISTANT   HEAD COACH

       
                   
 

2018 VARSITY ROSTER

     
   

#  0

Freshman

KOBE JOHNSON 

6’   2”

Guard

       
   

#  1

Senior

DEONTAE McCOLLUM

5’ 10”

Guard

       
   

#  2

Senior

TYMERE STRAUGHTER

6’   0”

Forward

       
   

#  3

Junior

RONALD McCLAIN

5’ 11”

Guard

       
   

#  4

Senior

ZA’VONTE HOWELL

6’   0”

Forward

       
   

#  5

Senior

JAEDYN McCALLUP

6’  5”

Center

       
   

# 10

Senior

J’YON JOHNSON

5’ 10”

Point Guard

       
   

# 11

Senior

TYREECE NANCE

5’ 10”

Point Guard

       
   

# 20

Junior

CHARLES HATCHER

5’ 10”

Point Guard

       
   

# 21

Senior

JALEN COOKS

5’ 10”

Point Guard

       
   

# 23

Junior

ALIJAH CURTIS

5’   8”

Point Guard

       
   

# 24

Senior

SAMUEL WILLIAMS

6’   2”

Forward

       
   

# 34

Sophomore

JASPER ROBINSON

6’   3”

Forward

       
   

# 44

Senior

TYLER HADLEY

6’   4”

Center

       
             
   

JUNIOR VARSITY

   

FRESHMAN TEAM

       
                   
   

SCOTT GIAMMARCO

HEAD COACH

   

COREY STEVENS

HEAD COACH

       
 

JUNIOR VARSITY ROSTER

FRESHMAN ROSTER

     
     

WINS

15

LOSS

4

                 
 

#  0

 LAMIER GARRETT

So. 511”  Forward

 

#  4

 RODNEY PETTIES

Fr. 56”  Guard

       
 

#  1

 CRISJEAN HALL

So. 59”  Guard

 

#13

 CHARTEZ ARMSTRONG

Fr. 56”   Guard

       
 

#  2

 LLOYD MOORE

So. 60” Forward

 

#14

 CHRISTOPHER MARTIN

Fr. 55”   Forward

       
 

#  4

 NASIR LYTLE

Jr. 62”  Guard

 

#15

 MEHKI SMITH

Fr. 57”   Guard

       
 

#  5

 JANEIK STATEMAN

Jr. 60”  Fwd/G

 

#20

 KEISHAWN POOLE

Fr. 62”   Forward

       
 

#10

 JAMEEL CONLEY

Jr. 60”  Guard

 

#21

 JAEMIIR MCELROY

Fr. 510”    Forward

       
 

#11

 XAVIER BLACK

Fr. 61”  Guard

 

#22

 JAYLEN CURRIE

Fr. 59”   Forward

       
 

#15

 EUGENE MCELROY

Fr. 60”  Guard

 

#23

 RE’JEAN COMPTON

Fr. 59”   Guard

       
 

#20

 ANDRE SOMLER

Jr. 60”  Guard

 

#24

 D’KODIS WOODY

Fr. 56”   Guard

       
 

#22

 JAMES MCCULLOUGH

Fr. 61”  Guard

 

#25

 AMARION HERRING

Fr. 511”  Guard

       
 

#23

 JONAH LYTLE

Fr. 59”  Guard

 

#30

 TERRELL DILLWORTH

Fr. 59”   Guard

       
 

#33

 NATHAN SCHOONOVER

Soph. 61” Forward

 

#32

 JACOB JACKSON

Fr. 61”   Forward

       
         

#35

 DAYJOUR GARRETT

Fr. 61”   Forward

       
                   
             
                           

2018 SCHEDULE and RESULTS

 
 

LAST GAME - LOST IN 2 OT's TO JACKSON IN DISTRICT FINAL

   

NEXT GAME - DECEMBER 2018

 
 

Where Champions Are Made And Success Is Tradition

   

REGULAR SEASON   denotes Federal League Game, • denotes JV game played first

 
 

Sat, Dec 2

1:00 PM

at AKRON FIRESTONE - Joe Siegferth Classic, McK WOMEN’s Varsity 11AM

W

88

58

A

     
 

Tue, Dec 5

7:30 PM

LOUISVILLE

W

77

63

MFH

     
 

Fri, Dec 8

7:30 PM

at PERRY •

W

74

69

A

     
 

Fri, Dec 15

7:45 PM

DH VarsityGREEN2 Games Lady Pups Varsity tips at 6:15 PM

L

66

70

MFH

     
 

Tue, Dec 19

7:30 PM

at JACKSON •

L

64

79

A

     
 

Sat, Dec 23

7:30 PM

at CLEVELAND ST. IGNATIUS

L

57

68

A

     
 

Sat, Dec 30

7:30 PM

STOW-MONROE FALLS 3 Games - FRESHMAN & JV - first tip 1PM

L

55

62

MFH

     
 

Fri, Jan 5

7:30 PM

N. CANTON HOOVER

W

62

33

MFH

     
 

Tue, Jan 9

7:30 PM

at LAKE •

L

43

52

A

     
 

Fri, Jan 12

7:30 PM

at GLENOAK •

W

72

48

A

     
 

Tue, Jan 16

7:30 PM

PERRY

W

62

38

MFH

     
 

Tue, Jan 23

7:30 PM

at GREEN •

W

52

47

A

     
 

Fri, Jan 26

7:30 PM

JACKSON

L

49

50

MFH

     
 

Sat, Jan 27

7:30 PM

at MASSILLON WASHINGTON

W

70

51

A

     
 

Fri, Feb 2

7:30 PM

at N. CANTON HOOVER •

W

63

47

A

     
 

Tue, Feb 6

7:30 PM

COPLEY

L

47

57

MFH

     
 

Fri, Feb 9

7:30 PM

LAKE

W-OT

51

47

MFH

     
 

Tue, Feb 13

7:00 PM

at WARREN HARDING

W

61

60

A

     
 

Fri, Feb 16

7:30 PM

GLENOAK

W

62

41

MFH

     
 

Sat, Feb 17

7:30 PM

at WOOSTER

L

45

55

A

     
 

Tue, Feb 20

7:30 PM

NEW PHILADELPHIA

W

56

38

MFH

     
 

Fri, Feb 23

7:30 PM

AKRON ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY

L

68

75

MFH

     

OHSAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

 
 

Wed,Feb 28

7:00 PM

vs NORTH CANTON HOOVERSECTIONAL SEMIFINAL

W

70

27

MFH      
 

Sat, Mar 3

7:00 PM

vs CANFIELDSECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT MFH

W

68

62

MFH      
 

Thu, Mar 8

7:00 PM

vs LAKEDISTRICT SEMIFINAL AT CANTON CIVIC CENTER

W

39

33

A

     
 

Sat, Mar 10

1:00 PM

vs JACKSONDISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP AT CANTON CIVIC CENTER

L-2OT

65

66

A

     

POINTS FOR THE SEASON

 
     

AVERAGE POINTS TO DATE

26 GAMES

61.0

53.7

       
     

TOTAL POINTS TO DATE

 

1,587

1,395

       
       
       

2018 FINAL STATS • 2018 FINAL STATS •2018 FINAL STATS •2018 FINAL STATS •

No

Name

Yr

Pos

Ht.

FG ATT

FG MADE

    FG %

2 PT FG A

2PT FG M

2PT     FG %

3PT FG A

3PT FG M

3PT FG%

FT ATT

FT MADE

FT%

TOT

AVG

POINTS

0

Kobe Johnson

9

G

6-2

168

76

0.452

93

48

0.516

75

28

0.373

53

38

0.717

25

8.7

218

1

Deoantae McCollum

12

G

5-11

262

117

0.447

156

81

0.519

106

36

0.340

65

54

0.831

24

13.5

324

2

Tymere Straughter

12

G

6-0

171

71

0.415

129

59

0.457

42

12

0.286

71

44

0.620

25

7.9

198

3

Ronald McClain

11

G

5-11

27

11

0.407

19

8

0.421

8

3

0.375

13

12

0.923

25

1.5

37

4

Za’Vonte Howell

12

F

6-0

127

71

0.559

111

67

0.604

16

4

0.250

24

13

0.542

25

6.4

159

5

Jaedyn McCallup

12

C

6-5

127

64

0.504

111

60

0.541

16

4

0.250

53

34

0.642

25

6.6

166

10

J’Yon Johnson

12

G

5-10

122

38

0.311

99

34

0.343

23

4

0.174

43

29

0.674

25

4.4

109

20

Charles Hatcher

11

PG

5-10

85

43

0.506

63

36

0.571

22

7

0.318

35

23

0.657

25

4.6

116

21

Jalen Cooks

12

PG

5-10

19

8

0.421

9

5

0.556

10

3

0.300

8

5

0.625

23

1.0

24

23

Alijah Curtis

11

PG

5-8

16

7

0.438

5

2

0.400

11

5

0.455

2

0

0.000

22

0.9

19

24

Sam Williams

12

F

6-2

50

31

0.620

44

28

0.636

6

3

0.500

37

23

0.622

24

3.7

88

40

Tyler Hadley

12

C

6-4

25

14

 

24

14

0.583

1

0

0.000

2

1

0.500

24

1.2

29

11

Tyreece Nance

12

PG

5-10

16

4

0.250

15

4

0.267

1

0

0.000

0

0

0.000

25

0.3

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM TOTALS

 

 

 

1215

555

45.7%

878

446

50.8%

337

109

32.3%

406

276

68.0%

25

68.5

1713

 

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2018 Sectional-District Teams

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ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE BOYS BASKETBALL POLL

COLUMBUS, OhioHere's how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates

Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the FINAL Associated Press poll of 2017-18.

With won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses).

DIVISION I

RANKINGS AS ON FEBRUARY 20

 

•   1.      Solon (14)                                      20-0 159
•   2.      Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (1) 19-3 123
•   3 tie• Huber Heights Wayne (1)              20-1 113
•   3 tie• Upper Arlington (1)                        20-1 113
•   5.      Toledo St. John's Jesuit                 20-1 104
•   6.      Sylvania Southview                       19-1   81
•   7.      Cincinnati Princeton                      19-3   47
•   8.      Lakewood St. Edward                   17-3   42
•   9.      Logan                                            19-2    41
• 10.      Hilliard Bradley                              20-1    31

 

OTHERS RECEIVING 12 OR MORE POINTS: Pickerington North 16. Springfield 16. Garfield Heights 14.

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Box scores and game links courtesy of The Repository at CantonRep.com
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1:00PM TIP PART OF AN ALL-DAY BASKETBALL EVENT - GIRLS VARSITY WILL START THE DAY AT 11:00 AM

at Firestone High School

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FINAL

Canton McKinley (1-0)

19

22

33

18

 

88

Akron Firestone (0-2)

15

11

11

21

 

58

Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic, at Firestone
 
McKINLEY: Totals 30 18-24 88.
K.Johnson 4 0-0 8, McCollum 6 3-4 17, Straughter 5 3-5 15, McClain 0 4-4 4, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 1 5-6 7, J.Johnson 0 0-0 0, Nance 1 0-0 2, Hatcher 3 1-1 7, Cooks 3 0-0 8, Curtis 3 0-2 9, Williams 2 2-2 6.
     
FIRESTONE: Totals 19 17-30 58.
L.Johnson 1 3-6 5, Williams 2 0-1 4, Lee 1 0-0 3, Moore 6 1-4 15, Ingol 1 0-0 2, P.Johnson 2 5-7 9, Riggins 2 0-0 4, Bradley 0 2-2 2, Mack 2 1-4 5, Lane 2 5-6 9.
     
3-Point Field Goals: Curtis 3, Cooks 2, Straughter 2, McCollum 2, Moore 2, McCallup, Lee.
Total fouls: McKinley 20-18.
Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: McKinley 37 (Straughter 8), Firestone 49 (Moore 13).
Turnovers: Firestone 31-15.
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Kobe Johnson fitting in well on senior-laden team

at Memorial Field House

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2

3

4

 

FINAL

Louisville (0-1)

11

16

14

22

 

63

Canton McKinley (2-0)

20

17

19

21

 

77

CANTON Fitting in as a freshman on a senior-laden varsity basketball team can be tough.
Of course, when you’re as good as McKinley High School’s Kobe Johnson, the older guys tend to be more accepting.
The Bulldog freshman scored 17 points — two more than his age — and senior Deontae McCollum went for 22 as McKinley pressured and harassed Louisville during a 77-63 win at Memorial Field House on Tuesday night.
“We don’t even put a label on him,” said McCollum, the Bulldogs’ vocal leader and top scorer. “We just tell him to play. Once he’s up there, there is no grade. We tell him to go.”
About his role on the team, the soft-spoken Johnson says, “When I catch the ball, look to score or attack the basket.”
The deep Bulldogs have eight seniors and have played 14 guys in each of their first two wins (10 scored Tuesday).
Johnson seems to mesh effortlessly, saying of his treatment by the seniors, “It’s been very good.”
“We try to get him out of his shell, but he’s real laidback,” McCollum added with a laugh. “When we’re all screaming, he’s just silent.”
A silent assassin. Johnson hit his first four shots from the field and finished 7-of-10 overall and 3-of-6 from 3-point range off the bench.
 
Johnson is a handful at 6-foot-2, with the ability to score from deep or drive to the hoop. He plays at his pace, like a veteran player.
“It reminds me of something I saw 20-something years ago with his dad,” McKinley head coach Rick Hairston said.
Johnson is the son of McKinley assistant coach Chet Harper, who was an eighth grader at State Street Middle School when Hairston got his first coaching job at Stanton Middle School, both of them former schools in Alliance.
Harper went on to become one of the best players in Carnation City history and ranks 24th on Stark County’s career scoring list with 1,344 points.
“Very similar in style. Both have laid-back personalities,” Hairston said. “Chet doesn’t want to hear it: I think Kobe is a little bit more skilled at this point.”
  
When this thought is relayed to Harper, he assesses, “Kobe wasn’t as big and athletic as me” as Hairston looks on unconvincingly with eyebrow raised.
McKinley got six points apiece from seniors TyMere Straughter, J’Yon Johnson and Samuel Williams on Tuesday, with Williams grabbing six rebounds. Senior Jaedyn McCallup, a 6-5 forward “who we think is our best player” says Hairston, battled foul problems for the second straight game and finished with four points.
 
Junior Charles Hatcher scored eight points for the smallish but quick Bulldogs, who forced 27 turnovers. That’s 58 turnovers forced in two games, counting Saturday’s 88-58 rout of Firestone.
“We played the way need to play to win,” Hairston said. “This is the way we have to play all year long. We’re going to have get up and pressure people. We’re going to have to turn it into a track meet if we can.”
Playing without junior point guard Jared Mathie, whom they hope to get back later this month from a foot injury suffered during football season, the Leopards (0-1) were on the brink of being blown out numerous times before battling back on the strength of 10-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.
“Overall, I was happy for our first game out,” Louisville head coach Tom Siegfried said. “Come to the Field House in this environment, I think it’s only going to make us better in the upcoming games.
“Not having your point guard and coming to face this pressure, I was really proud of our young guards.”
Senior Brandon Wahl led Louisville with 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. Classmate Derek Zeller added 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 4-of-6 from deep.
“They finally get to shoot this year now that Libertore left,” Siegried joked, referring to former Louisville prolific scorer Chris Libertore.
 
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LOUISVILLE: Totals 20-46 13-18 63.
Burick 2 1-2 6, Hartline 1 0-0 2, Wahl 6 2-2 19, Zeller 6 0-0 16, Pukys 0 2-2 2, Zuppe 2 2-4 6, King 1 0-0 2, Jones 1 2-4 4, Hall 1 4-4 6.     
 
McKINLEY: Totals 29-62 13-20 77.
K.Johnson 7 0-0 17, McCollum 9 1-1 22, Straughter 1 4-6 6, McClain 1 0-0 2, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 0 4-6 4, J.Johnson 3 0-0 6, Hatcher 4 0-3 8, Cooks 0 2-2 2, Williams 2 2-2 6.     
 
3-Point Field Goals: Wahl 5, Zeller 4, McCollum 3, K.Johnson 3, Burick.
Total fouls: McKinley 18-14.
Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: Louisville 25 (Zeller 7), McKinley 27 (Williams 6).
JV: McKinley 68-56.
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Game #3

at Perry High School

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3

4

 

FINAL

Canton McKinley (3-0, 1-0)

11

17

24

22

 

74

Massillon Perry (1-2, 0-1)

16

16

15

22

 

69


MCKINLEY: Totals 28 13-18 74.

K.Johnson 1 0-0 3, McCollum 8 2-3 19, Straughter 3 2-4 8, Howell 4 0-0 9, McCallup 4 0-0 8, J.Johnson 2 5-7 9, Hatcher 3 0-0 7, Curtis 2 0-0 5, Williams 1 4-4 6.

PERRY: Totals 23 15-22 69.

Jackson 2 7-11 12, Heater 4 0-0 10, Haynes 8 6-8 22, Toles 5 0-0 12, Adkins 4 2-3 13, Weatz 0 0-0 0.

3-Point Field Goals: Adkins 3, Toles 2, Heater 2, Jackson, K.Johnson, McCollum, Howell, Hatcher, Curtis.

Total fouls: McKinley 19-15.

Fouled out: Williams, Weatz.

Technicals: Straughter.

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Green wins in Memorial Field House for the first time in school boys basketball history. McKinley’s girls beat Green in a battle of unbeatens

at Memorial Field House

1

2

3

4

 

FINAL

Uniontown Green

11

25

18

16

 

70

Canton McKinley (3-1, 1-1)

13

18

18

17

 

66

CANTON Mark Kinsley’s blood is Green.
Kinsley was a Green High School senior 33 years ago and has been his alma mater’s head boys basketball coach for two decades.
The sparkle in his eyes after Friday night’s 70-66 win at McKinley in Memorial Field House made it clear this was no normal day at the office.
“I know about the history of the Field House,” Kinsley said. “I’ve never been part of a win here before tonight. I don’t know if our school has ever won a game here.”
Five-foot-9 junior Kaleb Martin, hasn’t been at Green as long as Kinsley, but he is a third-year starter, and it showed. Martin scored 27 points and (as one might expect of a 90-percent foul shooter) sank shot after shot with the game on the line.
Martin swished two free throws at 2:00, two more at 1:09, and two more at :12.2 to hold McKinley at bay. Both teams emerged with 3-1 records.
“We really had a hard time containing Mr. Martin,” McKinley head coach Rick Hairston said. “Every time we scored, he would seem to catch the ball with a full head of steam.”
In the first game of a Field House doubleheader, in a battle of girls unbeatens, McKinley rolled past Green 68-34.
The boys game matched scrappy teams off to competitive starts with shorter lineups.
Six-foot-2 Garrison Keesler was as tall as any Green player on the floor when he beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 3 that cut a McKinley lead to 13-11.
Six-foot-2 senior Miles DeMuesy (14 points) powered in a low-block bank shot to pull Green into a 19-all tie as the pace of the game quickened.Six-foot McKinley senior TyMere Straughter (20 points) steered McKinley to tenuous early control. Green struck with a blizzard of points in the final moments of the first half, getting a coast-to-coast layup from Martin, a driving bucket from Keesler, a footwork banker from DeMuesy, and two free throws from Martin.Green led 36-31 at halftime, then 39-31 when Keeslar opened the third quarter with another 3. Martin’s answers to McKinley’s press and DeMuesy’s assertive inside play helped advance the Green lead to 49-39. When 5-9 sophomore Shea Simmer nailed a 3, Green led 52-39 with three minutes left in the third quarter.Straughter stayed busy in the paint, Kobe Johnson dropped in two layups, and the tallest man in the game, 6-5 senior Jaedyn McCallup, slapped in an offensive rebound during a McKinley run. But Green still led 54-49 after three quarters.
McKinley got as close as 65-63 on a layup by J’Yon Johnson with 1:44 left, but Martin soon answered with two free throws.
“Green played a good game,” Hairston said. “They outplayed us.”
 

GREEN: Totals 26 12-16 70.
           Simmer 2 0-0 5, Keeslar 4 1-2 12, Martin 8 11-11 27, Oswald 4 0-1 10, O’Neil 1 0-0 2, DeMuesy 7 0-2 14.
McKINLEY: Totals 27 7-8 66.
           K. Johnson 2 0-0 4, McCollum 4 0-0 10, Straughter 8 4-5 20, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 3 2-2 8, J. Johnson 2 0-0 5, Hatcher 4 1-1 10, Curtis 2 0-0 5.
3-Point Field Goals: Keeslar 3, Oswald 2, McCollum 2, Simmer, J. Johnson, Hatcher, Curtis.
Total fouls: McKinley 20-11.
Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: Green 28 (Oswald 9), McKinley 26 (Straughter 8).
JV played Saturday morning.
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JARET PALLOTTA'S CAREER-HIGH 30 POINTS LEAD JACKSON OVER McKINLEY
The Canton Repository

at Memorial Field House

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Critiqued that he was passing to much, senior forward gets aggressive Tuesday
By Josh Weir
CantonRep.com sports wrtier
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at 10:38 PM 
JACKSON TWP. Word on the street is Jaret Pallotta is passing the basketball too much.
The Jackson High School senior had a response for all the critics Tuesday night.
Pallotta scored a career-high 30 points — surpassing his previous best by 10 — to lead the Polar Bears to a 79-64 win against visiting McKinley.
The versatile 6-foot-6 forward still had time to total team highs of seven assists and nine rebounds as Jackson improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Federal League.
Pallotta isn’t shy about his love for passing the ball, which shouldn’t be a surprise from the UMass quarterback recruit. But the leading assist man from last year’s Division I state championship basketball team can score, too. An aggressive Pallotta made 12 of 17 shots from the field Tuesday, scoring on a variety of jumpers and driving shots, to help put away a game McKinley team.
“I was actually kind of bothered after the Perry game,” Pallotta said of Friday’s win in which he totaled 12 assists. “I was told by multiple people that I was looking to pass too much. When I was driving, I needed a score-first mentality and then the passes will come from there.
“The last few days I was bothered by that, and this being the last time we’ll be in front of our home crowd for a while, I wanted to come out and attack and get our team a win.”
The win was needed for the new-look Polar Bears, who lost a close game at GlenOak a week ago. Jackson plays Boardman at Mount Union this weekend before heading to Florida for a tournament after Christmas.
“Hopefully by the time we get back from Florida, we’ll have some things figured out,” said Jackson head coach Tim Debevec, whose team returns only three rotation guys from last year. “Maybe the sun will help us soak up some things.”
Senior Ethan Stanislawski scored 19 points and had four assists, while junior Anthony Mazzeo scored 14 points for Jackson. The backcourt mates each hit three 3-pointers on the night as Jackson steadily pulled away in the second half.
Forward Will Hyde, a 6-4 junior, added 12 points, including a soaring dunk off a nice Pallotta assist in the fourth quarter that had the crowd flashing back to last year’s high-flying team.
“I got a glimpse of Logan Hill on that,” Pallotta said, referring to the former Polar Bear who is now at the University of Toledo.
Jackson made 14 field goals in the second half. Pallotta scored or assisted on 12 of them.
He sparked a quick 8-0 run that included a Hayden Junker 3-pointer and took Jackson’s lead from a point to nine points late in the third quarter. After McKinley got within five, Pallotta answered with a tough step-back jumper in the final seconds that had the Polar Bears up 59-52 heading to the fourth.
“He does a lot of good stuff for us,” Debevec said. “He came ready to play. I just told our guys, ‘We have to keep getting better.’ But if Jaret plays like that, we can be really good.”
Deontae McCollum led McKinley (3-2, 1-2) with 23 points, while TyMere Straughter scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help keep the Bulldogs within striking distance.
The Bulldogs forced Jackson into 12 first-half turnovers and led by as many as seven points in the second quarter. But Jackson was a little bit too big and Pallotta was a little bit too good for McKinley from there.
“Give those guys credit,” McKinley head coach Rick Hairston said. “Every time we got it to where I felt it was manageable, they got the ball inside to Pallotta and we just had a helluva time getting him stopped.”
McKinley has now dropped two straight games (both in the league) after starting 3-0.
“The thing is the way our schedule is set up, we have to make sure we continue to prepare for high-level basketball because we’re looking at going to St. Ignatius on Saturday and then playing Stow the following week,” Hairston said. “We understand what our challenges are, but if we play like we’re capable of, we can pretty much beat anybody.”
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McKINLEY (3-2, 1-2): Totals 24-52 13-16 64.
          K.Johnson 1 0-0 3, McCollum 7 8-8 23, Straughter 7 1-2 15, Howell 1 2-2 4, McCallup 1 0-0 2, J.Johnson 2 0-2 4, Hatcher 1 0-0 2, Curtis 2 0-0 5, Williams 2 2-2 6.
JACKSON (4-1, 2-1): Totals 27-43 17-22 79.
          Mazzeo 4 3-4 14, Reed 0 1-2 1, Pallotta 12 5-8 30, Stanislawski 5 6-6 19, Hyde 5 2-2 12, Junker 1 0-0 3.
3-Point Field Goals: Mazzeo 3, Stanislawski 3, Pallotta, Junker, McCollum, K.Johnson, Curtis.
Total fouls: McKinley 19-13.
Fouled out: None. Rebounds: McKinley 18 (Williams 6), Jackson 25 (Pallotta 9).
JV: Jackson 58-54.
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ST. IGNATIUS HOLDS OFF McKINLEY

 

at Sullivan Gymnasium, St. Ignatius High School

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Canton McKinley (3-3)

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Deontae McCollum scored 16 points for McKinley but the Bulldogs fell on the road. Jaedyn McCallup also had 11 points for McKinley. Neeko Melendez led St. Ignatius with 17 points.
McKinley Totals 19 14-15 57:
          Johnson 0 1-2 1, McCollum 5 4-4 16, Straughter 3 0-0 7, McClain 0 4-4 4, Howell 4 1-1 9, McCallup 4 2-2 11, Johnson 0 2-2 2, Williams 3 0-0 7.
Cleveland St. Ignatius Totals 25 11-15 68:
          Barnes 3 0-0 7, Toppin 1 1-2 3, Ozame 3 4-5 10, Bielek 1 0-0 2, Melendez 6 0-0 17, Dinunzio 3 5-7 11, Bahhur 4 1-1 10, Wiskes 4 0-0 8.
3-Point Field Goals: Melendez 5, McCollum 2, McClain, McCallup, Barnes, Bahhur.
Total fouls: McKinley 14-12. Fouled out: None.
JV- St. Ignatius 55-51
 
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BULLDOGS WIN, JUST NOT THE TEAM THAT CALLS THE FIELD HOUSE HOME

 

at Memorial Field House

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Stow Monroe-Falls (7-0)

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STOW REMAINS WITHOUT A LOSS
Evan Bainbridge scored 27 points and Coryon Rice added 16 to lead Stow, which outscored McKinley 18-13 in the fourth quarter. Deontae McCollum scored 16 points for the Pups and Kobe Johnson added 12.
STOW totals: 22 12-18 62:
          Fretag 1 3-4 5, Rice 5-4-5 16, Zavoonik 1 1-2 4, McMurray 4 2-4 10, Bainbridge 11 2-3 27.
McKINLEY totals 22 6-14 55:
          Johnson 4 2-3 12, McCollum 6 3-5 16, Howell 3 0-0 7, McCallup 4 1-2 9, Johnson 4 0-4 9.
 
3-Point Field Goals: Bainbridge 3, Rice 2, Johnson 2, Zavoonik, McCollum, Howell, Johnson.
Total fouls: McKinley 14-11.
Fouled out: None.
JV- McKinley won 57-33.
 
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Brutal weather, brutal schedule, Bulldog redemption 

at Memorial Field House

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North Canton Hoover (0-0)

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McKinley shakes off a four-game losing streak against a powerhouse schedule to overwhelm North Canton Hoover in Memorial Field House.
CANTON The Bulldog defense warmed into a rhythm of hounding Hoover on every little inch of Field House floor.
McKinley’s offense made a little climb. A team on the ropes punched its way back in the fight with a 62-33 high school boys basketball knockout of North Canton Hoover.
“We needed this win in the worst way,” head coach Rick Hairston said. “Maybe I can get some sleep tonight.”
A few hundred brave souls shivered their way to the Field House to see McKinley break a four-game losing streak. It was a brutally cold night outside and a fairly cold one inside, with the Field House heating system having problems.
The Bulldogs had won their first three games of the 2017-18 season.
“I don’t know anybody in the state playing a harder schedule,” Hairston said. “We saw Green and St. Ignatius and Jackson and Stow during the four-game streak.
“The kids kept grinding, and we ground one out tonight.”
The Bulldogs got 14 points and some game-bending baskets from 5-foot-10 senior Deontae McCollum.
“We played aggressive, we played hard on defense, and we made some shots,” McCollum said. “We’re trying to find ourselves. We’re getting to the time of the season when we want to start rocking and rolling.”
Hoover head coach Todd Blackledge’s father had the Field House as his home floor in the 1950s; Todd played there while at Hoover in the late 1970s.
“I love coming here,” Blackledge said. “I didn’t love it tonight.
“We weathered the early storm and were fine in the first half. In the second half, they turned up their pressure and we didn’t respond well enough. I credit them. They played harder than we did in the second half and took advantage of our mistakes and got their confidence rolling.
“I’ve told our team all year our margin for error is pretty slim. If we don’t max out on the things we can control, we’re going to have a tough night. It was tough in the second half tonight.”
The Vikings fell to 3-4, coming off a loss to Louisville.
McKinley junior guard Ronald McClain hit a 3 in the final moments of the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 19-13 lead.
Six-foot-2 freshman Kobe Johnson drove from the top of the key and changed hands as he crossed in front of the rim, scoring with his left for a 21-13 edge to start the second quarter.
McKinley had a chance at a big early lead but back-to-back 3s by senior Nick Bunnenberg kept the Vikings close early.
McCollum made two early steals to spearhead McKinley’s press, but the Vikings adjusted, trailing just 25-20 at intermission. Six-foot-five McKinley senior Jaedyn McCallup, who was a factor through much of the game, scored off a rebound of his own miss to start the second half. McKinley took its first double-digit lead when Johnson (11 points) hit his second 3 of the night.
It was time to turn out the lights, even though there was a minute left in the third quarter, when McCollum swished consecutive 3s to make it 40-22.
“Hoover is a disciplined team that throws you off balance with their defenses,” McCollum said. “We stayed patient and began to figure it out.”
Harirston said McKinley’s coaches agreed at halftime.
“We were playing defense at a pretty high level,” he said. “We needed to be a little more patient on offense.”
After that, the Bulldogs played as if the losing streak was the last thing on their minds.
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Hoover totals: 13 7-11 33:
          Kantzos 1 0-0 2, Barker 1 0-0 2, Berg 4 0-0 10, Fontes 3 2-3 8, Robinson 1 1-2 3, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Henne 0 1-2 1, Ashby 0 3-4 3, Hayden 1 0-0 2.
McKinley totals: 22 13-18 62:
          KJohnson 4 1-2 11, McCollum 4 4-4 14, McClain 1 0-0 3, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 3 0-0 6, JJohnson 2 2-2 6, Hatcher 2 6-8 10, Cooks 1 0-1 2, Williams 2 0-1 4, Headley 1 0-0 2.

3-Point:  McKinley, KJohnson (2), McCollum (2) McClain,
Fouls Hoover 16, McKinley 14. Fouled out none.
JV, McKinley won
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WINNING LESSON FOR LAKE

 

at Lake High School

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With Jake Maranville fouled out, the Blue Streaks find way to close out McKinley and stay undefeated
 
LAKE TWP. The lesson is not fun or welcomed, but it is valuable.
And the Lake High School boys basketball team passed it in winning fashion Tuesday night.
With their best player and ball handler fouled out and McKinley clawing back in the game, the Blue Streaks made enough plays down the stretch to win 52-43 at their gym.
Stark County’s lone undefeated team, Lake (9-0, 5-0) stayed perfect in a game that was far from it. Play was choppy and physical, with inconsistent whistles contributing to the lack of flow in this Federal League contest.
Junior guard Jake Maranville picked up his fifth foul with 3:27 left, and McKinley’s James Howell made both free throws to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to four points after they had trailed by 10 early in the quarter.
“I think when teams get a chance on the floor to fight that adversity in a game situation, it’s so much more valuable than trying to emulate that in practice,” Lake head coach Tom McBride said. “I think that’s going to be a valuable lesson for us and a lesson we know if that situation happens again we’ve got the belief and confidence that we can get through that.”
Senior guards Kam Casey and Matt Evans handled most of the pressure with Maranville out, while senior big man Mike Spotleson provided some relief.
The 6-foot-5 Spotleson led the Blue Streak with 14 points, while twin brother Matt added 10 points. Maranville scored 11 points.
“We came together and said we’ve got to pick him up,” Mike Spotleson said. “He leads us a lot, so we had to help him out, get this win for him.”
Evans found Matt Spotleson for a layup with 1:45 left to push Lake’s lead back to six points.
“Poised” was the word of the night for McBride, and he thought his team showed it. The 5-foot-10 Casey, who had four assists and scored all seven of his points in the final 4:07, was at the forefront of that after battling foul trouble in the first half.
“You’ve got to keep scoring in those situations,” McBride said. “You’re not going to just hold the ball against a Canton McKinley. They’re just going to get possessions. I was proud of the way we stayed on the attack, and Kam led that charge there.”
The Blue Streaks used some transition opportunities to take a 10-2 first-quarter lead. From there, they settled into their pace, a controlled pace. The Bulldogs never fell behind by more than 13, but they never got closer than four despite forcing nine second-half turnovers.
McKinley head coach Rick Hairston explained the difficulty in trying to rally against Lake this way: “What they’re going to do is they’re going to run something on offense, and it doesn’t matter to them if they run it for a whole quarter. They’ll run it for a whole quarter until they get a layup. That’s almost rare in high school basketball because kids are so impatient.”
Lake also can sit down and defend. The big, physical Blue Streaks limited McKinley to 35.6 percent shooting from the field. They’re allowing 38.6 points a game this season, with no opponent scoring more than 46.
Senior Deontae McCollum led McKinley (4-5, 2-3) with 13 points. Charles Hatcher added seven points, including a banked 35-footer at the first-quarter buzzer.
With a big league game at Jackson looming Friday, McBride likes where his Blue Streaks — ranked 14th in the Associated Press Division I State Poll — are at the moment.
“I still think this team can get better,” he said. “I like their attitude, their spirit, their togetherness. We still have some role players that are learning. I think as we go on, they have the ability to continue to get better. That’s what I want them to do. It’s a nice start, but ultimately we want to be better in March.”
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McKINLEY Totals 16-45 8-9 43:
          McCollum 5 2-2 13, McClain 2 1-1 6, Howell 1 3-3 5, McCallup 3 0-0 6, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hatcher 2- 2-2 7, Williams 1 0-0 2, Headley 0 0-1 2.
LAKE Totals 16-34 14-19 52:
          Evans 0 1-4 1, Casey 2 2-2 7, Brady 1 0-0 3, Schulz 2 0-0 5, Maranville 4 0-0 11, Mazzocca 0 1-2 1, Mi.Spotleston 5 4-4 14, Ma. Spotleson 2 6-7 10.
 
3-Point Field Goals: Maranville 3, McCollum, McClain, Hatcher, Casey, Brady, Schulz.
Total fouls: McKinley 17-16. Fouled out: Maranville, Howell. Technicals: Howell.
Rebounds: McKinley 19 (McCallup 4), Lake 20 (Schulz 5).
JV: McKinley 51-38.

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BULLDOGS BIG HALF PLUCKS EAGLES

 

at GlenOak High School

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Canton McKinley (5-5, 3-3)

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Canton GlenOak

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The Bulldogs built a 43-18 halftime lead and went on to easily defeat the Golden Eagles in a Federal League game. Deonte McCollum scored 13 points to lead McKinley. Tyler Headly finished with 11 points and Sam Williams added 10. Kindel Richardson led GlenOak with 9 points.

McKINLEY Totals 28 11-15 72:         
     KJohnson 3 0-0 8, McCollum 5 3-4 13, Straughter 2 0-0 6, McClain 1 0-0 2, Howell 4 1-2 9, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Hatcher 2 3-4 7, Williams 3 3-4 10, Headly 5 1-1 11, Robinson 1 0-0 2. 
 GLENOAK Totals 18 7-13 48:        
     Stokes 0 1-2 1, Richardson 3 1-2 9, Franz 1 0-0 3, Seran 1 0-0 2, Chapman 2 2-4 6, Scott 2 2-3 7, Jasser 1 0-0 2, Collins 1 0-0 2, Stout 1 0-0 2, Bihlman 2 1-2 5, Oaks 1 0-0 3, Miller 3 0-0 6. .
3-Point Field Goals: Johnson 2, Straughter 2, Richardson 2, Williams, Franz, Scott, Oaks.
Total fouls: GlenOak 15-14. Fouled out: None.
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Deontae McCollum’s 16 points leads McKinley to Federal League win over Perry

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Massillon Perry (2-10, 0-7)

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by Nick Broulis (Courtesy of North East Ohio Sports Insiders)

CANTON, OHIO– Suffocating defense and excellent ball movement to start the game helped the Canton McKinley Bulldogs improve their record to 6-5 overall and 4-3 within the Federal League with a win over the Perry Panthers. Final score from the Fieldhouse was 62-38.

The Perry Panthers scored the first points of the game, but the Bulldogs took over after that and never looked back.

From start to finish, the Bulldogs really pushed the ball every time an opportunity presented itself. Junior guard Deontae McCollum scored 16 points. McCollum was very active at both ends of the floor, but especially on the defensive end. He played great defense on the perimeter and the passing lanes. On the other end, McCollum did a nice job of knocking down open shots and getting to the rim.

Junior guard Tymere Straughter added 10 points and Junior power forward Jayden McCallup also helped out with eight points.

McKinley was swarming on defense and did an excellent job of clogging the paint. The Panthers tried early in the game to get points in the paint. Sophomore forward Jagger Haynes had the most success, but even Haynes was forced into difficult shots that he managed to get go down. Jagger finished with 11 points.

The Panthers were led in scoring by junior guard Julian Jackson. Jackson finished the game with 15 points.

Perry was still close at the end of the first quarter, trailing McKinley 15-9, but were out-scored in the second quarter, 16-8. The Bulldogs held a 31-17 lead at halftime.

By the end of the third quarter, Canton McKinley held a solid 47-29 lead. With under three minutes left in the game, the score was 56-34, as the Bulldogs were in complete control. This allowed coach Rick Hairston to pull his starters and let the bench bunch finish out the game.

Overall, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs really played good defense, from the inside, out. The Panthers really struggled to find any openings to get an open look. When Perry did try and force the issue inside, McKinley put bodies on bodies and forced turnovers when any Panthers players brought the ball below their waist. Once the ball was loose, the Bulldogs were out on a fast break and Perry simply wasn’t ready for McKinley’s speed at either end.

The Bulldogs also had their way inside the paint when it came to scoring and second-chance points.

After the game, Hairston talked about the team’s overall performance.

“We’re not worried about our offense,” he said. “We know we can score. Tonight, we played good defense, and consistently. That’s what we’re trying to get better at as a team is the defensive side of the ball. We want to be a good defensive team more consistently.

“Once we get that, we’ll be a more complete team. We held them (Perry) to 26 points in the first half including only nine points in the first quarter alone. That’s what we want to do on defense.”

The Bulldogs head to Green next Tuesday for a match-up with the Bulldogs. Green currently sits in second place in the Federal League with 7-3 overall record after defeating first-place Lake 52-49.

With the loss, the Panters drop to 2-10 and 0-7 within the Federal League. They’ll travel to Green to take on the Bulldogs this Friday night with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.


PERRY Totals 12 10-12 38:

          Jackson 4 5-6 15, Heater 2 2-2 7, Haynes 3 3-4 9, Wertz 2 0-0 4, Adkins 1 0-0 3..

McKINLEY Totals 26 4-8 62:

           K. Johnson 2 0-0 5, McCollum 6 0-0 16, Straughter 4 1-2 10, McClain 3 0-0 6, Howell 1 0-1 2, McCallup 4 0-0 8, J. Johnson. 2 2-3 6, Hatcher 1 1-2 3, Cooks 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Headley 1 0-0 2..

3-Point Field Goals: McCollum 4, Jackson 2, Heater, Adkins, K. Johnson, Straughter.

Total fouls: McKinley 10-6. Fouled out: None.

JV - no score reported

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McKinley rallies for win at Green

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Canton McKinley (7-5, 5-3)

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Uniontown Green (8-4, 6-2)

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McKinley rallied from down 15 in the third quarter to win on the road and knock Green out of first place in the Federal League. Deontae McCollum scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to go with four assists. McCollum went 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch. James Howell also scored 11 points for McKinley (7-5, 5-3), while Kobe Johnson and Tymere Straughter scored nine points each and Samuel Williams added eight. McKinley, sparked by its pressure defense, outscored Green 18-6 in the fourth quarter. Kaleb Martin and Corey Oswald scored 12 points apiece to lead Green (8-4, 6-2), which falls behind first-place Lake and into a second-place tie with Jackson in the league standings. Donovan O’Neil added 10 points. McKinley is just a game and a half behind Lake.

McKINLEY  Totals 21 7-10 52:

          K.Johnson 4 1-2 9, McCollum 3 5-5 11, Straughter 3 1-2 9, Howell 5 0-0 11, McCallup 2 0-0 4, Williams 4 0-1 8.

GREEN  Totals 17 7-12 47:

          Kesslar 3 0-0 7, Martin 4 2-3 12, Oswald 4 2-2 12, O’Neil 4 2-5 10, Limerick 2 1-2 6. Totals 17 7-12 47.

3-Point Field Goals: Straughter 2, Martin 2, Oswald 2, Limerick, Kesslar, Howell.

Total fouls: McKinley 16-13. Fouled out: None.

JV: McKinley 47-39.

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JACKSONBOYS BASKETBALL TEAM SURVIVES SCARE FROM McKINLEY

at Memorial Field House

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Massillon Jackson (11-4, 6-2)

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Jaret Pallotta had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists and the Polar Bears did just enough to win, 50-49.

Joe Scalzo

CantonRep.com

CANTON With 2.7 seconds left in Friday’s game and his team trailing by 3, McKinley senior Tymere Straughter backpedaled to the Jackson 3-point line, jumped to steal the inbound pass, took one dribble and launched a half-court rainbow.

“That’s a hope and a prayer right there,” Pups coach Rick Hairston said, “and you don’t want to be in that predicament.”

The same is true if you’re the one who threw the inbound pass.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking,” said Polar Bear senior Jaret Pallotta, who lobbed the pass from underneath McKinley’s basket. “Especially after watching the Penn State-Ohio State game last night (that ended in a Nittany Lion buzzer-beater). That’s all that was going through my mind.”

Fortunately for Pallotta, Straughter’s shot bounced off the right side of the backboard, helping Jackson hang on for a 50-49 victory in a Federal League game at Memorial Field House.

“As ugly as it is, a win’s a win,” said Pallotta, who finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. “We played tough and got stops when we needed to.”

Senior guard Ethan Stanislawski added 10 points, including two crucial free throws with 31.2 seconds left to give the Polar Bears a 49-46 lead. The win created a three-way tie atop the league standings (Jackson, Green, Lake) with three games left.

Jackson (12-4, 7-2) will play at Green next Friday.

“We came in confident that we were going to win,” Pallotta said. “Down the stretch, when we were up 1, up by 3, we trusted each other and were confident we would get a stop.”

Although the Polar Bears never trailed over the final 20 minutes, they also never led by more than 3 over the final 6:20.

Pallotta made two free throws with 2:29 left to give Jackson a 45-42 lead, but McKinley’s Deontae McCollum answered with a putback with 2:10 remaining to make it a one-point game.

A Will Hyde bucket again made it a 3-point game, but McKinley freshman Kobe Johnson made two free throws with 1:45 left, again drawing the Pups within one.

Hyde then missed two free throws on the other end, but the Bulldogs couldn’t take advantage, with senior Jaedyn McCallup missing a corner 3. After Stanislawski’s free throws, McCollum rushed a 3 on the other end and Pallotta split a pair of free throws with 7.6 left to (seemingly) clinch the win.

But with Jackson trying not to foul, McCollum hit an open 3 with 2.7 seconds left to set up the final drama.

“You have to give them credit — they did what they had to do to win the game,” Hairston said. “We had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Until we correct some of the untimely shots and not being patient on offense, we’re always going to fall short in a game like that.

“That’s (Jackson) a pretty good basketball team and if you don’t play the right way, you’re not going to beat them. And we didn’t play the right way a lot of the time.”

Johnson scored 13 to lead McKinley (7-6, 5-4), while McCollum had 12. The loss probably eliminates the Bulldogs from the league race, although they could be a scary opponent in the tournament, as they proved with Tuesday’s road win over Green.

“They’ve been playing well,” Jackson coach Tim Debevec said of McKinley. “They’re a good team and Rick Hairston has them playing hard and playing together. We were a little sloppy tonight, but to come to the Field House and win on the road, that’s not easy to do.”

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JACKSON Totals 16-37 13-21 50:

          Mazzeo 1 2-2 5, Reed 2 2-2 8, Pallotta 5 6-9 17, Byers 1 0-1 2, Stanislawski 3 3-4 10, Hyde 4 0-3 8.

McKINLEY Totals 21-52 6-9 49:

          Johnson 5 3-4 13, McCollum 5 1-2 12, Straughter 3 1-2 7, Howell 4 0-0 8, McCallup 1 0-0 2, Johnson 2 1-1 5, Hatcher 1 0-0 2.

3-Point Field Goals: Reed 2, Mazzeo, Pallotta, Stanislawski, Straughter.

Total fouls: McKinley 13-12. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: Jackson 31 (Pallotta 12), McKinley 26 (Howell 8).

Assists: Jackson 12 (Reed 5), McKinley 7 (McCollum 3). Steals: Jackson 2, McKinley 9 (Straughter 4).

Turnovers: Jackson 15, McKinley 9.

JV: Jackson 53-50.      

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DOGGED DEFENSE HELPS McKINLEY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM ROLL PAST MASSILLON

at Washington High School

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Canton McKinley (8-5)

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Massillon Washington (7-8)

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51

The Pups led by as many as 28 points to avenge last year’s loss.

Joe Scalzo

CantonRep.com

MASSILLON The McKinley boys basketball team struggled with its energy in last year’s loss to Massillon.

In Saturday night’s rematch, the Pups didn’t struggle with much of anything.

Freshman Kobe Johnson scored nine of his team-best 14 points in the first quarter and the Bulldogs dominated their rivals en route to a 70-51 victory at Massillon High School.

“Going into it, we knew the football players had lost to Massillon, so we really had a motive after losing last year in basketball and with this year’s football season,” said senior Jaedyn McCallup, who added 12 points and seven rebounds. “We had a killer mindset, thinking we were going to win and knowing we were going to win. That’s the way we played.”

Of course, it took a few minutes to kick in as the Tigers made four of their first five shots from the field to take a 10-6 lead. Then, over the next 11 minutes, Massillon missed 16 straight shots from the field as McKinley grabbed a 34-16 lead.

“We weren’t talking on defense, so me and Deontae (McCollum), as leaders, we told the guys to start talking and that’s when we started to capitalize,” McCallup said.

Although the second half was relatively drama-free — the Pups led by 28 late in the third quarter before McKinley coach Rick Hairston started substituting liberally — McCallup did have one of the game’s most memorable moments early in the fourth quarter. After missing a dunk attempt on a wide-open look under the basket, he got another chance seconds later. McKinley senior Za’Vonte Howell found McCallup on the baseline. McCallup he slammed it home to make it 53-29 in favor of the Bulldogs.

“Coming out of the third quarter, I had a charley horse in my hip, so when I had an open lane to jump and dunk, my leg gave out,” McCallup said. “This game has a real strong atmosphere, so I was just thinking, ‘I’ve got to make a play now and get the momentum back.’ I had the chance to drive baseline and I’ve got a 34-inch vertical, so I felt like I was gonna fly and I just did it.”

Junior Brett Martin scored 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to lead Massillon (7-8). Senior guard Dyson Berry added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists but wasn’t nearly as big a factor as he was in last year’s game, when he scored 18 points in a 67-60 overtime win at the Field House. That win snapped Massillon’s seven-game losing streak in the series.

“We just wanted to stay in front of him and Za’Vonte Howell did a great job with that,” Hairston said. “When he did get down into the lane, instead of fouling him all the time, we walled up and made him shoot over us.

“He had a tough night.”

Saturday’s win capped an encouraging week for the Bulldogs, who won at Green (the Federal League leader) on Tuesday, then dropped a 50-49 game to league-power Jackson on Friday at the Field House.

“These guys are our rivals, so we know when we come here, they’re going to be fired up to play us,” Hairston said of Saturday’s win over Massillon. “Our kids all feel the same way and all the kids on both teams know each other, so there are bragging rights at stake. We take this game pretty seriously.

“We needed a win after what we went through last night, playing well enough to win and losing, so it was a good night for us. We shot it pretty well and defended well. That’s what we’re looking for.”

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McKinley 70, Massillon 51

McKINLEY Totals 29 8-11 70.:

          K.Johnson 5 2-3 14, McCollum 3 0-0 7, Straughter 4 0-0 8, McClain 2 2-2 6, Howell 1 0-0 2, McCallup 5 2-2 12, J.Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hatcher 5 2-2 12, Cooks 1 0-0 3, Williams 1 0-2 2, Headley 1 0-0 2.

MASSILLON Totals 16 15-20 51.:

          Wise 1 0-0 2, Berey 3 4-6 10, Martin 7 9-12 25, Ballard 4 2-2 12, Liebler 1 0-0 2.

3-Point Field Goals: Martin 2, Ballard 2, K.Johnson 2, McCollum, Cooks.

Total fouls: McKinley 17-12. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: McKinley 35 (McCallup 7), Massillon 24 (Berry 6).

Assists: McKinley 17 (Johnson 6), Massillon 10 (Berry 6).

Steals: McKinley 10 (Straughter 3), Massillon 11 (Martin 4).

JV: McKinley 47-22.

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PUPS TAKE VIKINGS DOWN

at Hoover High School

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Canton McKinley (9-6, 6-4)

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North Canton Hoover (3-13, 2-8)

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Deontae McCollum scored 18 points for McKinley as the Bulldogs sent Hoover to its 11th straight loss. Ty Straughter added 16 points for McKinley. Nick Bunnenberg had 16 points to lead the Vikings. Hoover could not recover after falling behind 28-13 at halftime.

McKINLEY . Totals 20 17-24 63:

          Johnson 2 2-2 7, McCollum 6 3-4 18, Straughter 6 3-4 16, Howell 2 2-2 6, McCallup 1 2-4 4, J.Johnson 0 2-2 2, Hatcher 2 2-4 7, Williams 1 1-2 3.

HOOVER Totals 16 7-8 47:

           Y.Kantzos 2 2-2 8, Barker 1 0-0 2, Bunnenberg 5 2-2 16, Robinson 1 0-0 2, Keller 3 1-2 7, Kulik 1 0-0 2, McCartney 3 0-0 8, Porter 0 2-2 2.

3-Point Field Goals: Bunnenberg 4, McCollum 3, Y.Kantzos 2, McCartney 2, K.Johnson, Straughter, Hatcher.

Total fouls: Hoover 17-11. Fouled out: None.

JV: McKinley 66-48.

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COPLEY GETS OUT IN FRONT EARLY AND HANGS ON

at Memorial Field House

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Copley

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Canton McKinley (9-7)

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Brian Roberts scored a game-high 27 points to lead Copley past the Bulldogs at Memorial Field House. The Indians led 15-4 after one quarter and maintained their advantage most of the night. Samuel Williams led McKinley with 11 points.

COPLEY (Totals 17 18-24 57):

          Roberts 7 11-12 27, Solomon 1 6-10 9, Emich 6 0-0 13, Dente 2 0-0 5, Campbell 1 1-2 3..

McKINLEY (Totals 17 10-12 47):

          Johnson 2 4-4 9, McCollum 3 2-2 8, Straughter 1 0-0 3, Howell 3 3-4 9, McCallup 2 0-0 4, Hatcher 1 0-0 3, Williams 5 1-2 11.

3-Point Field Goals: Roberts 2, Solomon, Emich, Dente, Johnson, Straughter, Hatcher. 

Total fouls: McKinley 20-13. Fouled out: None.

JV, McKinley 74-38.

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McKINLEY PULLS OUT OT WIN AGAINST LAKE

 

at Memorial Field House

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Uniontown Lake (14-3, 8-3)

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Canton McKinley (10-7, 7-4)

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Blue Streaks knocked out of first-place tie atop Federal League with Jackson

Josh Weir (CantonRep.com)

 

CANTON

With his Bulldogs playing a rugged schedule, this season has felt like a grind to McKinley High School boys basketball coach Rick Hairston.

The grind turned into a chance to shine Friday night against one of the area’s best teams.

McKinley rallied from down nine points in the third quarter and pulled out a 51-47 overtime win at Memorial Field House to knock Lake out of a first-place tie atop the Federal League.

“We’ve been grinding all year,” Hairston said after his team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-4 in the league. “We didn’t schedule anybody we knew we could beat. So every time we go out and play, we’re really grinding.”

Senior Tymere Straughter totaled 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for McKinley, which held the Blue Streaks (14-3, 8-3) to only three field goals over the final 15 minutes of game action.

“That’s a big win,” Straughter said. “That’s a confidence builder. We needed that. We only look to get better from here.”

McKinley started pressuring in the second half, and that took a toll on the Blue Streaks, who seemed to get sped up.

They missed their final five shots from the floor in OT and went just 3-for-8 from the foul line in crunch time.

“Those things caught up to us,” Lake head coach Tom McBride said. “We had looks. I thought shots were down. We did a great job defensively. Just didn’t get the big basket we needed tonight.”

Lake’s loss coupled with Jackson’s win at Hoover means the Polar Bears clinch a share of the league title with one league game to play. The Blue Streaks host Jackson next week with a chance to grab their own share.

McKinley freshman Kobe Johnson totaled eight points, five rebounds and four assists. He made two free throws with 15.3 seconds left in OT to push McKinley’s lead to 50-47. Those came after senior Jeremy Brady caused a McKinley turnover, leading to a runout for junior Jake Maranville. But he could not convert a contested layup, and Johnson grabbed the rebound.

Brady, who shared team scoring honors with 12 points, then missed an open 3 in the final seconds, with McKinley senior Jaedyn McCallup corralling the rebound.

“Both those shots looked like they were down from my vantage point,” McBride said.

Senior Mike Spotleson scored 12 points, while Maranville added eight points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Blue Streaks.

Lake closed the first half on a 10-0 run to lead 24-18. That advantage stretched to as much as 31-22 early in the third.

But the Bulldogs hung around and, after trailing 38-32 after three, took their first lead since the second quarter when Straughter converted a 3-point play on a putback with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we really had four bad possessions offensively,” McBride said. “It’s kind of that gray area: Do we need to try to go finish in transition, or do we look (to run) offense? I’m trying to get them into offense because I thought our set offense was pretty good at breaking them down off some slip screens and stuff. But we’ve worked a lot at getting the ball down the floor and playing in transition, so I can’t fault the kids. We probably didn’t make great decisions during that time period.”

Lake tied the game with 1:01 left when Maranville found Spotleson for a layup in traffic.

McKinley survived a near steal by Maranville and went to OT when senior J’Yon Johnson missed a 3 from the corner in the final seconds.

Senior Deontae McCollum’s floater with 2:18 left in OT gave McKinley a 48-46 lead it would not relinquish despite multiple chances for Lake.

“It got a little scary there at the end,” Hairston said. “But guys played within their roles and finally we had that maximum effort. We felt like we could beat Lake coming into the game. But you’re not just going to beat Lake. You’re going to have to outplay Lake, and I thought we made more plays than they did down the stretch.”

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LAKE (Totals 15-37 14-21 47): 

          Casey 0 4-5 4, Brady 5 0-0 12, Schulz 0 2-2 2, Maranville 3 2-2 8, Mazzocca 1 1-2 3, Mi.Spotleson 5 1-4 12, Ma.Spotleson 1 4-6 6.

McKINLEY (Totals 18-39 12-19 51):

          Johnson 2 4-4 8, McCollum 2 2-2 6, Straughter 5 1-3 12, McClain 1 0-0 3, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 2 2-4 6, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Hatcher 2 0-0 5, Williams 0 3-6 3.

3-Point Field Goals: Brady 2, Mi.Spotleson, Straughter, McClain, Hatcher. 

Total fouls: McKinley 17-13. Fouled out: None. 

Rebounds: Lake 18 (Maranville 5), McKinley 28 (Straughter 10). 

JV: McKinley 54-36.

 

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HARDING HOLDS OFF CANTON McKINLEY

 

at Harding High School

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Canton McKinley (10-8)

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Warren Harding (13-6)

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Perception

Joe Simon

Sports Reporter

(Warren Tribune)

 

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon Warren G. Harding’s Delmar Moore, left, and Trivell Trimble, right, celebrate the Raiders’ 61-60 victory over Canton McKinley on Tuesday at Warren G. Harding High School.

WARREN — Andy Vlajkovich was fired up before a game that was bound to be intense even started.

The Warren G. Harding High School basketball coach was tired of hearing the grumblings, and he wanted the Raiders to understand it was time to change a certain perception prior to their matchup with Canton McKinley

“I told them I’m sick of hearing that we don’t beat good teams,” Vlajkovich said. “I told them that in the pregame. (McKinley) beat us the last two years. We struggled with Ignatius, we struggled with Kennedy Catholic, and here comes an elite program into our house. I told them, ‘Competing isn’t acceptable.’ “

Message received.

 

The lead changed several times in the final quarter, but a 3-pointer by McKinley’s Kobe Johnson with 1:05 left gave the Bulldogs a 60-59 lead. Harding (13-6) tried to run a set play on the ensuing possession, but things didn’t work out — at first.

Sophomore guard D’Muntize Owens drove to the hoop once the play was foiled and dropped a perfect pass to Jackson, who calmly laid in the eventual game-winner. The 6-foot-5 senior finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

“All my teammates talk to me, and we all stand together and communicate,” said Jackson of how he was able to stay poised in a pressure-packed situation. “We play for each other.”

They play defense, too.

McKinley (10-8) had the ball with 45 seconds left, and after struggling to find a shot, coach Rick Hairston called a timeout. The Bulldogs attempted to set up a play on the inbounds pass, but Harding’s defense thwarted the scheme, Hairston said. That left Johnson near the top of the key in a one-on-one situation. He tried to drive to the hoop but lost possession, and the ball was batted around as time expired.

 

“You at least want to try and get a shot up in that situation,” Hairston said. “But give them (Harding) some credit. Defensively, they played some pretty good basketball.”

The game was played at a high level from the tip.

Both teams had technical fouls, impressive high-flying dunks and big shots that swung the momentum. Neither side held a lead larger than five, with Harding and McKinley trading blows nearly every time down the court.

Delmar Moore made several key plays for the Raiders — including a crowd-pleasing 3-pointer after a ridiculous reverse alley-oop dunk by McKinley. The 6-6 senior, who slammed down his own alley-oop earlier in the game, scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.

While Owens only scored six points, the sophomore added four assists and made smart decisions when the game was in the balance.

“It felt like, at times, he controlled the game,” said Vlajkovich of Owens, who he added has made giant strides since the beginning of the season. “We had to hide him in the first two games, and he has just grown up so much. He’s not any more talented than he was at the beginning of the year, but he just understands things so much better.”

Moore’s presence has been equally important.

He missed the first 11 games after returning to Warren from South Carolina. Since his insertion into the lineup, Harding has lost just once and now has a player who can score inside, outside, rebound and be a versatile defender. His biggest asset may be his ability to answer after the opposing team makes a big play — something he’s done several times over the last eight games.

“When someone makes a big play, I just try to erase it out my head,” Moore said, “and try to do the best I can to score the ball or get one of my teammates involved in a play.”

The win could go a long way for the Raiders, who Vlajkovich admitted wouldn’t have stood a chance against McKinley earlier in the year.

A once-inexperienced team is showing marked improvement in several areas, and they’re finding ways to overcome adverse situations in big games.

“For our guys to have a win against that (kind of team), all it does is make them believe,” Vlajkovich said. “I know that we have the talent to win against elite teams, but they need to believe they can win against elite teams.”

 

 

McKINLEY (Totals 23 9-15 60):

          K.Johnson 6 1-2 16, McCollum 3 3-4 9, Straughter 5 1-1 12, Howell 4 0-0 8, McCallup 3 1-4 7, J.Johnson 1 3-4 6, Hatcher 1 0-0 2.

Warren Harding (Totals 23 10-18 61):

          Jackson 6 0-0 12, Hughes 2 4-6 9, Moore 8 3-5 20, Owens 3 1-5 7, Terell 3 0-0 9, McGhee 1 2-2 4.

3-Point Field Goals: K. Johnson 3, Terell 3, Straughter, J. Johnson, Hughes, Moore.

Total fouls: McKinley 17-15. Fouled out: None.

JV- McKinley 52-43

 

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McKinley focuses on getting tournament ready

 

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Canton GlenOak (8-12, 3-9)

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The Bulldogs finish 8-4 and one game behind tri-champions Jackson, Lake and Green in the Federal League after beating GlenOak 62-41.

Mike Popovich

 

 

CANTON There will be no league championship celebration for the McKinley Bulldogs this season. All they can do now is put themselves in the best possible position going into the postseason.

Head coach Rick Hairston’s team took a good step in that direction Friday at Memorial Field House.

The Bulldogs took control early and beat GlenOak 62-41 to end their Federal League season at 8-4. McKinley (11-8 overall) went into the night out of the title picture, but finishes just one game behind tri-champions Jackson, Lake and Green.

McKinley has gone through the grind in recent weeks. The Bulldogs were coming off a one-point loss at Warren Harding on Tuesday and were 1-2 in their last three games. The win came last week against Lake, which edged Jackson on Friday to earn a share of the league title.

“I’m excited about the way we’re playing right now,” Hairston said. “The last month we’ve really been playing pretty good basketball. We don’t look at how our opponent is playing. We look at what we are doing. Are we defending? Are we running sets well on offense? Are we taking care of the basketball? Are we playing with some intensity?

“All those things that you want to be doing when it comes tournament time, I think we’re doing it.”

McKinley should be a formidable foe when the Division I sectional-district tournament begins in a few weeks. The Bulldogs earned the No. 3 seed behind Jackson and Lake and will play a first-round home game against 14th-seeded Hoover. A win would guarantee them another home game against Canfield or Perry.

“When we looked at the bracket before any teams were put on there, I just crossed my fingers and told my staff, ‘That 3 spot is a very nice spot,’” Hairston said. “If it was a true NCAA bracket, then the 1 would be playing the 14. As the 3 we get to play the 14. ... It’s against a team we think we can beat. We beat them twice.

“I kind of like the way it’s set up. I was pretty happy when I saw that we got the 3.”

There will be immediate challenges for McKinley beginning with a game Saturday at Wooster, the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The Bulldogs will close out the regular season next week with home games against New Philadelphia and St. Vincent-St. Mary.

“We’ve been grinding all season long, and I look at it as another opportunity to keep grinding against some good teams,” Hairston said. ”... This is a good time for us to be playing good basketball at the end of the season because we have some tough stuff coming up. We want to be tournament ready, and what we have coming up will help us prepare for the tournament.”

Nine Bulldogs scored against GlenOak. Kobe Johnson and J’Yon Johnson led McKinley with 10 points apiece, while Jaedyn McCallup finished with nine. Tymere Straughter grabbed eight rebounds.

Kindel Richardson scored a game-high 14 points for the Golden Eagles (8-12, 3-9).

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GLENOAK (Totals 16 7-15 41):

          Stokes 1 2-4 4, Richardson 5 3-3 14, Franz 1 0-0 2, Chapman 2 0-0 4, Scott 1 1-2 3, Stout 2 0-0 4, Bihlman 1 0-3 2, Oaks 1 0-0 3, Miller 1 1-2 3, Fox 1 0-1 2.

McKINLEY (Totals 26 5-7 6):

        K. Johnson 3 2-2 10, McCollum 3 0-0 7, Straughter 2 2-2 7, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 4 0-0 9, J. Johnson 5 0-1 10, Hatcher 3 0-0 6, Williams 2 1-2 5, Headley 2 0-0 4. 2.

3-Point Field Goals: K. Johnson 2, McCollum, Straughter, McCallup, Richardson, Oaks.

Total fouls: 11-11. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: GlenOak 25 (Miller 5), McKinley 41 (Straughter 8).

JV: McKinley won.

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Generals answer coach, get first win over Pups since 1930

 

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Canton McKinley (12-9)

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Wooster (13-6)

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WOOSTER (The Daily Record) — Wooster boys basketball coach Michael Snowbarger has never been known to mince words when talking to his team.

On Saturday night, the veteran coach challenged his team and, boy, did they answer.

A huge second-half run, thanks to a combination of lockdown defensive and key shots, lifted the Generals to an impressive 55-45 win over visiting Canton McKinley.

Controlling the tempo for most of the first half, but finding themselves down eight at the break, Snowbarger begged his team to pick up the effort, especially on the defensive end, and Wooster, now 13-6, did just that.

“I challenged the kids at halftime and I thought they answered it,” he said. “Tip your hats to our kids. They came out in the second half and we played extremely well defensively. I think McKinley might have got a little frustrated.”

The Generals trailed by as much as 10 in the early moments of the third before finding a way to make strong defensive stops and convert them into an efficient 16-1 run to break the non-conference game wide open.

And it all started on the defensive end as they held the Bulldogs (11-9) to just six points on 2 of 9 shooting in the third, leading Wooster to have room to attack the basket in transition and quickly grab control.

“Defense comes first,” said senior forward Calvin Blair, who finished with a team-high 16 points and nine boards. “If we got a stop on defense, we get to transition and we’re running. We’re trying to get a easy layup. That’s how we generate our offense.

“When we get a few stops in a row, that’s when our offense comes. We get hot and, once we started running, that’s when we run teams out of the gym.”

After a jumper from James Howell gave McKinley a 28-18 lead a minute into the third, the Generals got going.

A lot of that had to do with the play of Kedric Corbin. The energetic guard was everywhere in the deciding stretch of the night, scoring eight of his 10 points in the period, which included his only 3-pointer of the night, followed by a free throw to put Wooster up 38-31.

“Kedric gets every loose ball and every ball around the basket,” Snowbarger said. “He’s just always around the ball and having a kid like that is just valuable. He’s motor runs 100 miles per hour and when he’s finishing around the basket, causing mayhem like that, he’s a great player for us.”

The entire Wooster lineup picked things up in the second half to take control of the game.

And while Corbin set things up, it was seniors Blair and Colton Sparks that knocked things down. The tandem combined for 21 points in the final two quarters of play, to go with a handful of other key stats.

When the Bulldogs cut into the Generals’ lead, getting the deficit to 40-38 after a breakaway layup by Tymere Straughter (10 points, 7 rebounds), it was Sparks with a reverse layin, followed by a Blair 3-pointer out of a timeout – thanks to a pass from Sparks – that extended the advantage back out.

“Those were huge and that’s senior leadership right there,” Snowbarger said. “At the end of the game the team put itself in positon to win and I thought our seniors answered the call. It was a great team win for us.”

Both Sparks and Blair would have layups in the closing two minutes, but huge defensive plays on the ensuing possessions with a block from Corbin and then a hustle rebound at midcourt from guard Dylan Dagley, set up Blair and Dagley to close the game with a pair of free throws each.

Blair also matched Corbin with a team-high nine rebounds – eight of those 18 boards coming on the offensive glass.

“We never gave up and our energy was extremely high-level today,” said Sparks, who finished with 13 points. “We were all over the place and that’s what makes a great team.

“Basketball is a game of runs, so even if a team is coming back on us, we need to remain composed. We did that. We just kept making smart plays and that’s what it takes.”

Lonnie Harper chipped in six off the bench, all in the first half that helped Wooster take a short-lived 16-15 lead with 2:51 left in the opening half, only to watch McKinley – paced by a 12-point second quarter by guard T’yon Johnson (16 points) put the Bulldogs on an 11-2 run to close out the half, giving them a 26-18 lead at the break.

The Generals, however, would limit Johnson to an 0 of 3 performance in the second half, to pick up a victory that they feel sends a loud and clear message to potential opponents in the upcoming Canton Division I Sectional/District.

Wooster earned the No. 4 seed, finishing behind McKinley in the coaches vote.

“It’s a big one,” Blair said. “It shows Jackson and Lake that we’re not a team to roll over and think you’re just going to get a ‘W.’

“We’re a team that’s going to fight back, no matter what the score is.”

 

 

McKINLEY (Totals 17 9-12 45):

          Johnson 2 0-0 5, Straughter 4 2-2 10, Howell 2 0-0 4, McCallup 2 1-2 5, Johnson 6 3-4 16, Hatcher 1 3-4 5.

WOOSTER (Totals 17 17-20 55):

          Corbin 4 1-2 10, Dogley 2 2-2 6, Harper 3 0-0 6, Blair 4 6-6 16, Sparks 4 4-6 13, Morgan 0 4-4 4.

3-Point Field Goals: K. Johnson, J. Johnson.

Total fouls: McKinley 16-11. Fouled out: None.

JV - McKinley 70-39

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