By William

CANTON – When you dominate the boards and outscore the opponent in the first and fourth quarters, one would expect a win, but not for the Canton/Galva boys basketball team on Tuesday as they finally played their weather delayed make-up game with Goessel on the home court but stumbled to an eight-point, 45-37 loss.

The Eagles held an early 11-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter only to see Goessel put 18 on the scoreboard in the second quarter as the Eagles struggled to score just eight, giving the visitors a seven-point, 26-19 lead heading to the halftime break.

Coming out of the break, Goessel outscored Canton/Galva 10-7 in the third quarter to take a semi-comfortable 10 point lead, 36-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play where the Eagles managed to nip two points off the lead but still ended up losing by eight.

“The second quarter was the turning point,” noted Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan. “We simply could not take care of the ball. It seemed as though every turnover led to an easy basket.”

One huge plus for the Eagles was the continued monster play coming from Tyson Struber, who once again recorded a double-double by putting 17 points in the scorebook and pulling down 14 rebounds while also blocking three shots. It was a team effort in the paint as the Eagles out rebounded Goessel by 15, pulling down 44 rebounds which included 17 on the offensive boards. Christian Darrah also recorded a big game in the paint with nine rebounds which included four on the offensive end.

Coach Duncan concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “Very disappointing considering we outrebounded Goessel by 15 for the game, though we didn’t rebound well on the defensive end in the second quarter and Goessel got eight points on second chance opportunities. Our defense was solid throughout the game as we held their leading scorer to just seven points but then we couldn’t hit enough open look shots to take advantage. When you have 19 turnovers, you’re not going to win many games. Many of them were unforced so we have to be better as a team valuing each possession.”


With the loss the Eagles are now 4-8 for the season as they now have a week to prep to return to the competitive court on Tuesday, February 4 when they play host to Solomon.


EAGLES            11        8          7          11        = 37

Goessel            8          18        10        9          = 45

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES            Goessel

Shooting                      14-52 (27%)     16-47 (34%)

3-Pointers                    3-20 (15%)       13-22 (59%)

Free Throws                6-17 (35%)       13-22 (59%)

Assists                          11                    5

Rebounds (Off/Def)    44 (17/27)       29 (8/21)

Turnovers                    19                    12

Steals                           8                      9

Blocked Shots              3                      1

Personal Fouls             16                    18

CANTON/GALVA EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (37 total points): Ty Struber – 17; Xavier Westbrook – 8; Brayden Minson – 5; Brayden Collins – 4; Kinser Colgin – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (3): Tyson Struber, Brayden Minson, Kinser Colgin – 1.

Assists Leader: Kinser Colgin – 4; Xavier Westbrook, Christian Darrah – 2.

Rebounds Leader (Off/Def): Tyson Struber – 14 (5/9); Christian Darrah – 9 (4/5); Kinser Colgin – 6 (3/4).

Leader in Steals: Christian Darrah, Brayden Minson, Xavier Westbrook – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Tyson Struber – 3.

GOESSEL INDIVIDUAL SCORING (45 total points): Wuest – 11; Hagewood – 10; Zogleman – 8; Lindeman – 7; Duerkson – 7; Wiens – 2.

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