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Newark Stops Canton's Rule Over Burkman

Updated: Jan 1, 2020


CANTON - Section 5's Newark Reds had Canton's number in the 2019 Burkman Classic Boys Basketball Tournament held at Canton High School on Saturday earning championships at the varsity and junior varsity level.

But the varsity tournament took a just a bit longer in a 59-56 overtime contest won by the Reds after the Bears' Andy Downs forced overtime on a drive to the lane prayer at the buzzer in regulation at 49-49.

"Newark is as good as a team we will face all year. They are in the mix with OFA and we battled. They had some heighth and they were athletic. We battled but we also missed a lot of opportunities and we didn't shoot well again from the field and especially from three. But I was happy again with our effort," said Canton coach Troy Lassial whose team shot 27 percent from the field (18-for-66) and just five for 36 from three point land.

Andy Downs, who forced overtime with the acrobatic bucket, also scored his 1000 career varsity point for the Bears in his 28 point performance which included seven from the foul line. A member of the Art Quackenbush All Tournament team, Downs also posted six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Ashton Close finished with 11 points including three of Canton's five three-pointers and also was named to the All Tourney team.

Chris Downs added eight points, 10 boards, three steals and two assists. Caleb Bentley Hicks had four boards and three points while Josh Kennedy added three points. Joe Roiger was honored for his dedication to the Bears hoop program the last four years as an instrumental asset in many areas being named the Don Petty Award winner.

Point guard Josh Green earned MVP honors but didn't score in the contest for Newark. All Tournament team selection Isaiah Camp tallied five of his 19 points in overtime followed by nine each from Adam Lombardi (3 threes), Devin Agosto and Raeshawn Howard and eight from Dustin Case. Carter Steve (3) and Stevie Brown (2) rounded out the scoring.

The Reds were just six of 13 in overtime from the foul line - giving Canton several chances to tie the score. Canton was three of five.

In the consolation game, Madrid-Waddington handed Harrisville its second straight loss of the season 71-67.


"It was a great rebound win after a loss to Canton on Friday. Harrisville such a good program and we got out early in the second quarter but they battled back in the second half as the Sullivan kid did what he does best penetrate. He showed why he is one of the best five Class D players in the state. But I am extremely proud of this group tonight. Our subs did exceptional when they came in - the win is a credit to their hard work and dedication to make an impact in their opportunities," said M-W coach Aaron Jones.

Nicholas Beldock was one of those players who stepped up scoring all five of his points in the fourth quarter including a deuce with 32 seconds for a 69-64 lead.

Brennan Harmer paced the Jackets scoring 20 points including three three-pointers. Drew Harmer tallied 19 while Trent Lashua posted 11 and was named All Tourney team. Kyle Stoner also stepped up in the win for Coach Jones scoring 11 with a key fourth quarter three. Cody Schweinberg (2), Jacob Morgan (1), and Sage Cordwell (3) rounded out the scoring.

Jadon Sullivan exploded for 30 points for the Pirates and was named to the All Tournament team. Adam Szlamczyski posted 15 , Nathan Schmidt tallied 14. Nolan Parow (4), Will Taylor (3), and Ben Taylor (3) rounded out the scoring for Harrisville.

"We didn't play well at all this tournament but now we will find out how much this team wants to win and get back to the level we are capable of playing," said Coach Brian Coloney.

"Madrid-Waddiington just came out with a lot of energy."

Canton Coach Troy Lassial presents senior guard Andy Downs after he passed rthe 1000 career point milestone on Saturday at the Burkman Classic.

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