By William

CENTRE – A very strong first half propelled the Canton/Galva boys’ basketball team to a commanding 17-point, 54-37 victory over Centre on Tuesday evening.

The Eagles jumped out to a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and put up another 19 points on the scoreboard in the second period to take a commanding 32-9 advantage going into the halftime break.

“Our defensive pressure set the tone in the first half,” noted Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan. “We forced Centre in to quite a few turnovers that would lead to easy transition baskets. We also kept them off the offensive glass, which is something we didn’t do in the second half.”

Centre came out of the break and put 16 points in the scorebook while holding the Eagles to just seven, enabling them to pull within 14 at 39-25 heading into the final eight minutes of play. The Eagles outscored Centre 15-12 in the final quarter to earn the final 54-37 victory.

Coach Duncan concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “We came out in the third quarter and settled for too many three’s that weren’t in the flow of our offense. We allowed them to get back into the game but made enough defensive stops to keep it at a comfortable lead.”

The Eagles offense were led by three players hitting for double digits in the scorebook with Tyson Struber and Xavier Westbrook leading the way with 15 points each while Kinser Colgin chipped in with 10.

Struber had a huge night overall as he nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds while also passing out six assists, taking away four steals and blocking five Centre shots.


Now 3-4 for the season, the Canton/Galva Eagle boys will return to the competitive court on Friday when they travel to Goessel.



Centre             4          5          16        12        = 37

EAGLES            13        19        7          15        = 54

TEAM STATS:              Centre             EAGLES

Shooting                      13-59 (22%)     23-54 (43%)

3-Pointers                    4-21 (19%)       4-7 (57%)

Free Throws                7-11 (64%)       4-7 (57%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    38 (18/20)       29 (9/20)

Assists                          6                      15

Turnovers                    17                    13

Steals                           9                      10

Blocked Shots              2                      8

EAGLE INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (54 total points): Tyson Struber – 15; Xavier Westbrook – 15; Kinser Colgin – 10; Brayden Collins – 7; Brayden Minson – 4; Andrew Prieb – 3. Three-Pointers Made (4): Tyson Struber – 1; Kinser Colgin – 1; Brayden Collins – 1; Andrew Prieb – 1. Rebound Leaders: Tyson Struber – 9; Xavier Westbrook – 7. Leader in Assists: Tyson Struber – 6; Brayden Minson – 4. Leader in Steals: Tyson Struber – 4; Xavier Westbrook – 4. Leader in Blocked Shots: Tyson Struber – 5.

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