Magics News · Stow Wins Over Barberton

The Magics opened the HOME part of their 2017-18 season with a loss to the much taller Stow Bulldogs.  See the link for the article by Frank Aceto from the Stow Sentry – .  Full article below with box-score at the bottom of the article.  The team will host Revere on Friday (4:30/6:00/7:30) and then play St. Martin de Porres in the Greynolds Classic at 7:45 p.m.

BARBERTON — There were a few ill-advised shots.

And there some defensive lapse.

All in all, though, it was a pretty decent opening night for the Stow-Munroe Falls boys basketball team.

The Bulldogs made a stellar 2017-18 season debut with a 57-35 victory over host Barberton in a Suburban League crossover game.

The contest took place Tuesday evening at Barberton’s Jack Greynolds Gym Floor.

Stow led from start to finish, shrugged off a couple of mini runs and showed just how explosive it can be when the ball is moving constantly.

“We’re very good when we share the basketball,” longtime Bulldogs head coach Dave Close said. “We do have some talent. It’s all about becoming one body. It’s not about how many points you get, it’s about how many points we get.”

With the win, Close tied, appropriately enough, former Magics head coach Jack Greynolds Sr. for first place for boys basketball coaches in Summit County. Close and the late Greynolds Sr. each have 549 career victories. Barberton (0-3) is currently led by Greynolds Sr.’s son, Jack Greynolds Jr.

Stow jumped all over the Magics right after the jump ball.

The Bulldogs, using their significant height advantage, attacked the basket at will, and when senior point guard Coryon Rice knocked down his second consecutive 3-pointer, Stow had an 18-2 lead early in the second quarter.

Rice proved to be an extremely difficult matchup for the Magics.

He scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half with an array of layups off the dribble and a soft-shooting touch from the perimeter.

Barberton’s guards had a difficult time staying in front of Rice for much of the evening.

The Magics’ offense, on the other hand, was anything but prolific in the first 16 minutes.

Barberton settled for and missed a number of shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

Of course, the Magics were forced to shoot from the outside, thanks to the defense of Rice and senior guard Ethan Fretag, who bottled up Barberton’s backcourt duo of senior Zane Ries and junior Jordan Soyars.

Meanwhile, Stow junior guards Jarod Zavodnik and Bryce Harvey took their turns getting a hand in the face of the coach’s son, Jordan Greynolds.

“I was fortunate because I got to see them (the Magics) twice Friday and Saturday,” Close said. “Ries and Soyars are very aggressive with the dribble. They can attack the rim. We tried to keep them in front and we had help from our bigs when we needed it.

“We guarded Greynolds in a completely different way. He’s a very good shooter. Bryce did a nice job of switching off screens.”

When Fretag drained a 3 in the first 15 seconds of the third quarter, the Bulldogs had a commanding 32-10 lead.

And that’s when Stow got a bit complacent.

As a result, the Magics went on a 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 12 midway through the period. Senior guard Jaret Barclay concluded the spurt with a pair of free throws.

“We had a couple of lapses, which we talked about,” Close said. “We wasted possessions. We didn’t value the ball as much as wee needed to. We got a little comfortable with our lead. The guys understand that we need to clean those up.”

However, the Bulldogs, thanks to their talent and ability to turn up the offense, responded with a run of their own to take a 19-point lead (43-24) heading to the final eight minutes.

The highlight of the flurry took place at the buzzer.

After receiving a pass from Rice, Harvey’s 3-point shot from the left side found nothing but net.

Barberton made another mini burst early in the fourth quarter to cut its margin to 13 (43-30).

Once again, though, Stow stormed back to take complete control.

The Bulldogs’ other offensive juggernaut on this night was 6-foot-9 forward Evan Bainbridge, who produced both inside and outside with two dunks and two 3-pointers. Bainbridge finished with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Stow.

Although Stow’s other tall and talented forward, 6-8 Mason McMurray, didn’t have a big scoring night, he was a presence inside with 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs, who earned a 45-34 victory in the junior varsity contest, had a 36-27 edge on the glass and committed just 7 turnovers. The Magics lost the ball 9 times. Ries and Greynolds led Barberton with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“They (the Magics) scored a lot of points Friday and Saturday,” Close said. “We knew their three guards are very explosive. We executed our defensive game plan very well.”

Stow is scheduled to host North Royalton in its 2017-18 Suburban League National Conference debut Dec. 8. The Bulldogs are set to visit National Conference foe Wadsworth Dec. 15. Both varsity contests are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.


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Stow 15 14 14 14 – 57

Barberton 2 8 14 11 – 35

STOW: Coryon Rice 7 5-8 22; Evan Bainbridge 8 2-2 20; Bryce Harvey 1 1-2 4; Mason McMurray 2 0-0 4; Ethan Fretag 2 0-0 5; Jack Wilson 1 0-1 2. Totals 21 8-13 57.

BARBERTON: Jordan Greynolds 2 4-5 10; Jordan Sayors 2 0-0 5; Jarrett Vaughn 1 0-0 2; Zane Ries 4 3-4 11; Jaret Barclay 1 0-0 2; Juan Franklin 1 0-0 2; Maxwell Littlejohn 1 0-0 3. Totals 12 7-9 35

Three-Point Goals – Stow 7 (Rice 3, Bainbridge 2, Harvey, Fretag). Barberton 4 (Greynolds 2, Sayors, Littlejohn).