(1). The number of made free throws for Jackson sophomore guard Jake Byers this year. He made that one free throw in the 2nd overtime of a 66-65 win over McKinley in Saturday’s district final. He made the shot with under 5 seconds left in the 2nd OT.
(55). Number of games that Jackson senior guard Ethan Stanislawski has started in a row. Also — the number of 3-pointers he has made this season.
(71.7). Percentage that Jackson senior post player Will Hyde is shooting from the floor. He has made 104 of his 145 attempted shots.
(3). The number worn by Copley senior guard Brian Roberts and Jackson junior guard Anthony Mazzeo. They also lead both ball clubs in 3-point makes. Roberts with 48 and Mazzeo with 64.
(89). Copley senior guard Brian Roberts free throw shooting percentage so far this season. (Hint: best of any player involved in the game).
(A fraction – 13/14). Copley senior guard Brian Roberts was 13-14 from the free throw line in the Indians 67-60 district final win over Hoban. Copley has also won 13 of their last 14 games since starting 7-5. Their only loss in that time has come to Stow, who they beat in the Barberton district semi-final.
(2012). The last year Jackson was not the number 1 seed in their respective district.
(9). Number of district titles in Jackson boys basketball history after Saturday’s win over McKinley.
(1999). The last year that Copley won a district title.
(40-2). The combined record of Jackson’s JV (21-0) and Freshman (19-2) teams this year.
(5). Copley’s seed in the Barberton district. They were a 4 seed in the Canton district last year and a 2 seed in the Alliance district in 2016. They lost to Jackson in the Canton district semi-final last season 55-51. Lake defeated Copley in 2016 in the Alliance district semi-final — 95-93 was the final in 5 OTs.
(2). Number of kids with the last name Dente on the Copley roster. Senior guard Anthony Dente and freshman guard Matthew Dente. Mark Dente, the head coach at Copley is their father. He is also the girls basketball coach at Copley, he has the honor of coaching his daughter Emily on the girls side.
(0). Number of bad things Jackson coach Tim Debevec had to say about senior wing Jaret Pallotta. He leads Jackson in scoring (15.5ppg), rebounding (8rpg) and assists (5.1apg). He is headed to UMass on a football scholarship to play QB next season at the D1 level. He is a captain and the Ohio D1 Northeast Inland POY.
(12). Number of missed free throws Jackson had Saturday in their 1 point win over McKinley in the district final. The Bears were just 13-25 from the stripe.
(81-66). Final score of the January 16th meeting between these two teams. Jackson won that game at home.
(7). Combined seniors in this game for both teams. Jackson has just 3 seniors, Copley has just 4. Both teams are still very young.
(6). Wins in a row for Copley. Jackson is on a short 3 game winning streak, but they are 13-2 in their last 15.
(197). Number of made 3s Jackson has a team this season.
(11). The number of percentage points better that Copley shoots from the free throw line. The Indians shoot 73% as a team at the line, Jackson shoots just 62%.
(53). Number of blocks junior post player Will Hyde has this season. That leads the Polar Bears by quite a lot. Spencer Stanton is 2nd on the list with 11 rejections.
(22). Points per game for Copley senior guard Brian Roberts.
(6.2). Percent chance that either Jackson or Copley win a state title. This is 1/16 in fraction form. After all — this is the Sweet 16.
(6:15pm). Tip off time at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State. You can listen to the game on WHBCSports.com as Jon Bozeka will have the play-by-play. Guest analyst Shawn Green will have color commentary and Bob Jeffreys will handle the stats. Tune in!