The host Stow-Munroe Falls boys basketball team lost its fifth consecutive game after dropping a 64-53 decision to Barberton Jan. 25.

With the win, the Magics improved to 9-4 on the season. The Bulldogs fell to 6-9.

Barberton led most of the game and had a 16-point advantage (53-37 and 51-35) in the fourth quarter.

Stow, thanks to its full-court pressure, cut its deficit to eight (55-47) with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left. But the Magics made free throws down the stretch and the Bulldogs never got closer.

Sophomore guard Josh Williams scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter for Barberton. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior forward Phil Washington came off the bench to score 14 points for the Magics.

Forward Matt Beech led Stow with 16 points. He made all eight of his free throws. Guard Mike Zavodnik added 11 points for the Bulldogs. Barberton, which had a 30-12 advantage on the glass, made 15-of-25 foul shots. Stow made 19-of-23.

Before the game, a ceremony took place to honor the players from the 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94 Bulldogs' teams. The ceremony included Stow assistant coach Kevin Kovach, a former player, and Barberton head coach Ken Rector, who was an assistant coach on all three of those Bulldogs' teams. Those teams combined for a 57-3 regular-season record and the 1992-93 team reached the Division I state semifinals. The 1993-94 team finished with a 20-0 regular-season record.

For more, see the Jan. 30 edition of the Stow Sentry.