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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

ROAD GAMES

       
   

 

WINS

6

 

LOSS

5

 

WINS

4

 

LOSS

3

 

WINS

3

 

LOSS

3

 

WIN

3

 

LOSS

2

       
             
             
   

Head Coach Rick Hairston, 3rd season at McKinley 41-21 (Career 255-142) 

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

5

LOSS

1

     

WINS

0

LOSS

0

       
 

#  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 - BEAT PERRY TUESDAY

   

NEXT GAME - TUESDAY AT GREEN

 
 

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 •

-

0

0

A

     
 

Fri, Jan 26

7:30 PM

JACKSON

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Sat, Jan 27

7:30 PM

at MASSILLON WASHINGTON

-

0

0

A

     
 

Fri, Feb 2

7:30 PM

at N. CANTON HOOVER •

-

0

0

A

     
 

Tue, Feb 6

7:30 PM

COPLEY

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Fri, Feb 9

7:30 PM

LAKE

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Tue, Feb 13

7:00 PM

at WARREN HARDING

-

0

0

A

     
 

Fri, Feb 16

7:30 PM

GLENOAK

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Sat, Feb 17

7:30 PM

at WOOSTER

-

0

0

A

     
 

Tue, Feb 20

7:30 PM

NEW PHILADELPHIA

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Fri, Feb 23

7:30 PM

AKRON ST. VINCENT-ST.MARY

-

0

0

MFH

     

OHSAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

 
 

TBA

1:00 PM

vs TBASECTIONAL SEMIFINAL AT HIGHER SEEDED TEAM

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

Sat, Mar 3

7:00 PM

vs TBASECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT HIGHER SEEDED TEAM

-

0

0

MFH

     
 

TBA

6:00 PM

vs TBA • DISTRICT SEMIFINAL AT CANTON CIVIC CENTER

-

0

0

A

     
 

Sat, Mar 10

7:00 PM

vs TBA • DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP AT CANTON CIVIC CENTER

-

0

0

A

     
 

TBA

6:15 PM

vs TBA • REGION SEMIFINAL AT UNIVERSITY of AKRON

-

0

0

A

     
 

Sat, Mar 17

7:00 PM

vs TBA • REGION CHAMPIONSHIP AT TBA

-

0

0

A

     

STATE TOURNAMENT in VALUE CITY ARENA at THE JEROME SHOTTENSTEIN CENTER

 
 

Fri, Mar 23

6:00 PM

vs TBA • STATE SEMIFINAL

-

0

0

A

     
 

Sat, Mar 24

8:30 PM

vs TBA • STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

-

0

0

A

     

POINTS FOR THE SEASON

 
     

AVERAGE POINTS TO DATE

11 GAMES

65.5

58.2

       
     

TOTAL POINTS TO DATE

 

720

640

       
       
       

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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 birls basketball teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017-18.

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

DIVISION I

Rank

 

  1. Huber Hts. Wayne

  2. Solon 

  3. Cin. Moeller

  4. Tol. St. John’s

  5. Upper Arlington

  6. Garfield Hts.

  7. Pickerington North

  8. Cin. Princeton

  9. Logan

10. Springfield

10. Dublin Coffman

 

Others receiving 12 or more points: Lakewood St. Edward, Sylvania Northview

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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 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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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

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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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3

4

 

FINAL

Canton McKinley (3-2, 1-2)

16

20

16

12

 

64

Massillon Jackson (4-1, 2-1)

16

21

22

20

 

70

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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Canton McKinley (4-5, 2-3)

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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

 

at Memorial Field House

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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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