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Talented Copley runs past Tallmadge boys basketball team

Published: February 3, 2017 9:29 PM
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They have been the cream of the crop in the Suburban League American Conference throughout the season.
And that didn't change for the Copley Indians Feb. 3.
The Tallmadge boys basketball team suffered a 74-54 defeat to Copley on the road. With the win, the Indians improved to 16-0 overall and 9-0 in the conference. The Blue Devils, who had won two straight games, fell to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the American Conference.
The Indians were simply too fast and too athletic for Tallmadge, which also didn't help itself, thanks to turnovers and a plethora of missed shots.
What made the Indians even more formidable was their ability to connect from beyond the 3-point arc. Copley made 10 3-pointers and several of them were way beyond the arc.
If Tallmadge got the margin down to a reasonable amount, the Indians had a knack for turning it up and going on mini runs to distance themselves on the scoreboard.
No one was more lethal on the offensive end than senior guard Austin Brenner, whose range extended from Canton to Cleveland.
Brenner, who has committed to play football for Ashland University, scored a game-high 29 points. He made five 3-pointers on the night.
Brenner's partner in crime was junior guard Brian Roberts, who also showed exceptional range and was a handful to defend when he attacked the rim.
Roberts made three 3-pointers, connected on 9-of-12 foul shots and scored 22 points.
The Indians, playing a rapid pace, stormed out to a 25-14 lead. Copley played strong defense, moved the ball efficiently and converted if the opportunities were there.
The Blue Devils, on the other hand, had open looks from the perimeter. But time and time again, those shots found iron.
Still, though, Tallmadge managed to stay with its more talented opponents despite its shooting woes.
In fact, when junior guard Matthew Francesconi converted a 3-point play, the Blue Devils were down just six (34-28) with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half.
Tallmadge didn't get closer.
The Indians concluded the half with an 8-0 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from junior guard Anthony Dente.
The pace actually slowed a bit in the third quarter, but the Blue Devils couldn't take advantage.
The final minutes of the game featured a lot of trips to the free throw line where neither team was particularly stellar.
Copley made just 14-of-32 foul shots and the Blue Devils converted just 7-of-18. Tallmadge also made just 5-of-23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and committed 16 turnovers.
Junior forward Sam Emich added 10 points for the Indians. Francesconi led the Blue Devils with 17 points despite an off-shooting night and junior forward Zach Boyd and sophomore guard Sam Seeker scored 7 points apiece.
Copley also cruised to a 72-46 win in the junior varsity contest.

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