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WHITE CITY – It was a very rough night getting the ball in the basket for both the Canton/Galva boys and girls basketball teams as they both suffered season opening losses on the road Friday in White City playing Rural Vista.

The Eagle boys played hard but came up nine-points short in losing 50-41 while the Lady Eagles suffered mightily getting the ball into the hoop and were drummed 34-8.

Here is a rundown of both Eagle games:



The Eagle boys jumped out to a 10-point, 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before struggling to reach 10 points in any of the remaining three quarters. Rural Vista out scored Canton/Galva 43-24 in the final three quarters of action.

When you shoot just 27% from the field and 11% from beyond the arc, odds are you will not win many games despite some very solid defense that saw the Eagles make 13 steals as part of getting the host team to commit 24 turnovers. The Eagles also out rebounded Rural Vista 35-30 which included a 17-8 advantage on second-chance offensive rebounds.

Tyson Struber had a monster game for the Eagles as he earned a double-double by putting 16 points in the scorebook while pulling down 12 rebounds. Brayden Collins also had a solid night in the paint with seven rebounds while Kinser Colgin dished out four assists.

“We did very well against their defense in the first quarter,” claimed Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan as he began his post-game reflections. “Once they switched to zone in the second quarter, we didn’t shoot the ball very well beyond the arc. That is somewhat expected with the limited practices we had with our full team together. We played extremely hard, and I was overly pleased with the effort. We just didn’t hit enough shots to win the game.”

Like the Lady Eagles, the Eagle boys will have a busy week ahead of them as they hit the hardwood at least three nights while playing in the Goessel Pre-Season Tournament.

EAGLE BOYS INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Tyson Struber – 16; Brayden Collins – 7; Kinser Colgin – 7; Christian Darrah – 5; Xavier Westbrook – 4; Brayden Minson – 2. Three Points Shots Made: Tyson Struber – 2; Brayden Collins – 1; Christian Darrah – 1.



For the first game of the 2019-20 season, things did not go very well for the Canton/Galva Lady Eagle basketball team as cold shooting doomed them from the opening tip as they lost to Rural Vista 34-8, on the road Friday.

The Lady Eagles only scored two points in the first half and just six in the final two quarters as they only connected on two of thirty-three shots from the field, including missing all 15 three-point attempts. Their cold shooting overshadowed some solid defense played against the host team as Rural Vista only managed to hit on just 35% of their shots from the field.

Amazingly, Canton/Galva out rebounded Rural Vista 21-15, but the Lady Eagles turned the ball over 18 times to the host teams four.

Only four Lady Eagles scored, all with just two points each.

“The girls played extremely hard tonight and played very well on the defensive end of the floor,” noted Head Coach Shelby Hoppes during his post-game reflections. “Offensively we know we have to get better and that is on me to get the girls in a better position to score. Very proud of our overall effort tonight.”

The Lady Eagles will now prep to begin play on Monday night at the Goessel Tournament which will give them games three times in the next week.

LADY EAGLE INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Tia Moddelmog – 2; Emily Peterson – 2; Mimi Craig – 2; Carissa Klatt – 2.

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