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GOESSEL – In what was a rather low scoring game for much of the first three quarters, the Elyria Christian Eagles beat the other Eagles of the county on Friday when they scored a 34-28 victory over Canton/Galva at the Bluebird Classic in Goessel.

Elyria, despite playing with one of their starters as Jackson Stone was out with an injury, jumped out to a five-point, 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and while both teams could only manage six points apiece in the second quarter, Elyria went into the halftime break still holding onto a five point, 17-12 advantage over Canton/Galva.

Neither team could muster much offense in the third quarter as both Eagle teams only managed to put four points each on the scoreboard. Finally, in the final eight minutes of play both Elyria and Canton/Galva found a bit of a spark in the offense and scored 13 and 12 points apiece, which kept Elyria in the lead and gave them the final six-point victory at 34-28.

Tyson Struber was the lone Canton/Galva player to reach double digits in the scorebook as he scored 11, though Brayden Collins may have had the best game for Canton/Galva as he scored seven, had three blocked shots and pulled down nine rebounds.

Elyria Christian had two Eagles put double digits by their name in the scorebook as Bret Anderson and Zach Stucky scored 12 and 11 points respectively.  Gage Schneider led Elyria in the paint with eight rebounds.

Despite the loss, Canton/Galva did have success in the paint as they out rebounded Elyria 27-18, while they also gave up 14 turnovers to just three by Elyria.

“In recent seasons we have unfortunately learned how to play a man short,” noted Elyria Head Coach Zach Goodrich. “I feel the more practices we have had we are learning how to adjust on limited time to prepare. We are not sure when Jackson Stone will return, but we are hoping he will be back with us after Christmas. We had some solid play from all six players that in the game tonight with Kaden Aroum being one of those players to come in and be solid for us on a night we needed someone to step up.”

Canton/Galva Head Coach Shane Duncan applauded Elyria during his post-game reflections by saying, “Elyria took the air out of the ball in the second half and did a great job of hitting free throws. We only gave up two field goals in the second half, but Elyria hit 13 free throws when we had to foul. Brayden Collins played a great game for us tonight and provided high energy on the glass and defensively. We played a really good ‘team’ defensive game tonight, but just came up short.”

Coach Goodrich of Elyria concluded his reflections by adding, “Zach Stucky and Bret Anderson both took stretches where they were strong offensively and able to keep pressure on the Canton/Galva defense. We were able to create some looks for them in the first half, and they both finished well around the rim. Coach Duncan made some great adjustments to make it difficult for us in the second half as he had a good group and I expect them to be solid as they get more practices in. Josef Hobson was steady defensively and hit some timely shots that allowed us to keep our lead throughout the contest. We have a tough game on Saturday against a very long and athletic Goessel team that is playing with a lot of confidence, we will need to play well if we want any chance to win.”


The Canton/Galva boys are still looking for their first win of the season at 0-3, as they turnaround and play again on Saturday for fifth place at the Bluebird Classic against Burrton.

As for the Elyria Christian boys, they are now 2-1 for the season and will battle for first place in the Bluebird Classic on Saturday with host Goessel.


CANTON/GALVA         6          6          4          12        = 28

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN       11        6          4          13        = 34

CANTON/GALVA SCORING (28 total points): Tyson Struber – 11; Brayden Collins – 7; Kinser Colgin – 6; Xavier Westbrook – 4. Three-pointers Made: Kinser Colgin – 1; Tyson Struber – 1.

ELYRIA CHRISTIAN SCORING (34 total points): Bret Anderson – 12; Zach Stucky – 11; Josef Hobson – 6; Kaden Aroum – 3; Gage Schneider – 2. Three-pointers Made: Zach Stucky – 1.

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