Passion for high school boys basketball lives on at Greynolds Classic

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Kent Roosevelt's Joe Watts (left) has his shot blocked by Copley's DeAire Andrew in the third quarter of the Greynolds Classic Saturday at Barberton High School. Copley won the game 78-57. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

BARBERTON: Jack Greynolds loved his family and basketball.

Though he passed in 2005, his passion for both lives on, and Saturday he was remembered in the eighth annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic at Barberton.

A collection of 12 area boys basketball teams gathered on Greynolds Floor for six games.

“This event represents somebody who was extremely passionate about basketball and somebody who built a lot of relationships and friends over his life through the game of basketball,” Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said.

“That is what all of us are who coach or play. We love the game. I have been a player and coach for a long time. This event embodies the spirit for a passion for basketball that Mr. Greynolds had, and that his son [GlenOak coach] Jackie Jr. and [coach] Ken Rector here at Barberton have, and guys like Jaelen Hollinger on our team at Hoban have.”

One-loss teams Hoban, North Canton Hoover and Nordonia each secured a win.

Hoban 61, Massillon 53

Hollinger, a senior, and junior Christian Waite both scored 13 points to guide the Knights (6-1) over the Tigers (3-3).

Knights freshman Anthony Christian scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

“Anthony is taking baby steps in the right direction,” Griffith said. “Those were adult steps that he took in the fourth quarter. It is a long process with a freshman. The maturity level between a senior who will be driving off to college next year and a kid who was in eighth grade last year is vastly different. He is a special talent who made a lot of plays.”

Knights seniors Andy Udovich, DeAllen Jackson and Saadiq Muhammad combined to score 21 points.

Massillon had two players reach double figures — sophomore Jordan Stock with 14 points and senior Gareon Conley with 11 points. Junior Terrez Peterson and senior Brody Tonn totaled 17 points between them.

Copley 78, 
Kent Roosevelt 57

Senior Jayln Tyler scored 20 points and senior Kenny Paramore scored 18 points to lead the Indians (3-5) past the Rough Riders (3-4).

Copley coach Mark Dente was also pleased with the play of seniors DeAire Andrew (15 points) and Aregeros Turner (13 points).

Sophomore Joe Watts (17 points) and senior Corey Mitchell (14 points) paced Roosevelt.

Northwestern 54, 
Manchester 53 (OT)

Junior Malachi Nolletti made a 6-foot jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Huskies (4-4) past the Panthers (7-2).

“Malachi elevated and made the shot,” Huskies coach Mark Alberts said. “He can dunk with ease and is a good athlete. He got the shot up high enough and dropped it in.”

Nolletti finished with 17 points. Senior Drew Kline contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Brandon Covert grabbed 13 rebounds and senior Walker Claus had 10 rebounds

“We have been on the other end of this,” Alberts said. “We came into this with four straight losses, all games that we could have won. We lost [Friday] night 77-76 with 0.06 seconds left in the game to Chippewa.”

Seniors Bryan Daily (13 points), Jamar Dukes (12 points) and Nick Peyakov (11 points) led Manchester.

North Canton Hoover 84, 
Revere 60

Senior Dom Iero made seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points to propel the Vikings (8-1) over the Minutemen (1-6).

Senior Evan Schick scored 16 points and senior Harrison Blackledge totaled 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior Nick Evans scored nine points.

“We played really well in the first half and executed well,” Hoover coach Randy Montgomery said. “To Revere’s credit, they didn’t quit. They kept battling. This was a good team win where we got a lot of guys playing time.

“Dom is becoming a complete player. That is the key. He used to just be a shooter, but he is a guy now [who] can score in different ways. Obviously, he is a good shooter, but we have a lot of good players around him that makes it difficult to shadow just one guy.”

Iero made nine 3-pointers twice this season and shares the school record with Hoover graduate Nyles Evans.

Sophomore Zach Lalkowski scored 24 points for Revere and freshman Teddy Hughes added 10 points.

Nordonia 77, 
Northwest 52

The Knights (7-1) topped the Indians (5-2), but Nordonia coach Matt Cash was not totally pleased.

“We almost put up 80 points and that was by far the worst we have looked all year,” Cash said. “That was ugly. We had no energy. We gave a lackluster effort and kids weren’t really talking.”

Senior Chris Scott had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Nordonia. Senior Nick Piotrowski scored 18 points and senior Damon Luster added 11 points

“We got a lot of good shots up and crashed the boards a lot,” Scott said. “Honestly, though, our effort just wasn’t like it normally is.”

Juniors Jackson Schultz (13 points) and Jeremy Mundell (12 points) led Northwest.

Barberton 56, Wooster 46

Sophomore Joshua Williams scored 26 points to lead the Magics (5-2) over the Generals (4-4) in the nightcap.

“We just wanted to come out and play with intensity to get this win,” Williams said.

Magics senior Nate Painter scored 16 points and Generals sophomore Marquise Blair scored 10 points.

“This is a special evening for not only Coach [Greynolds], but for everyone in the Barberton community,” Rector said. “I think our kids wanted to come out and represent our community and our great fans.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MBeavenABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.


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