By William

CANTON – A big second quarter helped propel and push the Canton/Galva boys’ basketball team to a lead they never relinquished on their way to an 11-point, 71-60 home court victory over Peabody/Burns on Friday.

After Peabody/Burns took an early two-point advantage at 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles offense went to work and put 23 points in the scorebook in the second quarter to give them an eight-point, 32-24 lead as the two teams went to the locker rooms for the halftime break.

The Eagles and Peabody/Burns both put another 20 points on the scoreboard in an offensive filled third quarter before Canton/Galva added a few points to their cushion in the final stanza in earning their sixth win of the season.

It was truly a team win as four of the six Eagles who put points in the scorebook did so by hitting for double digits, led by Brayden Minson and Brayden Collins who both had their best games of the season with 20 and 17 points respectively. Joining them in double digits on the score sheet were Tyson Struber and Xavier Westbrook with 14 and 10 points each. Both Struber and Collins recorded a double-double by their name as Struber also pulled down 10 rebounds while Collins recorded catching 13 careems.

“The team contribution was huge tonight as Tyson (Struber) dealt with foul trouble throughout the game,” said Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan during his post-game reflections. “Tyson was still able to get a double-double, while both (Brayden) Collins and (Brayden) Minson had their best games of the year. Collins had 14 points and seven rebounds just in the first half as he really controlled the paint. Minson put up 18 of his points in the second half as he hit a couple of big threes for us and got to the rim and finished.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CANTON/GALVA EAGLES? The win gives the Eagles a 6-11 record now for the season as they get a few days to prep for another home game on Tuesday when Centre comes to town.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Peabody/Burns            11        13        20        16        = 60

EAGLES                        9          23        20        19        = 71

TEAM STATS:              Peabody/Burns            EAGLES

Shooting                      25-63 (40%)                 27-69 (39%)

3-Pointers                    7-25 (28%)                   4-26 (15%)

Free Throws                3-3 (100%)                   13-20 (65%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    34 (10/24)                   40 (15/25)

Assists                          8                                  12

Turnovers                    20                                9

Steals                           4                                  11

Blocked Shots              1                                  5

Personal Fouls             18                                10

CANTON/GALVA EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (71 total points): Brayden Minson – 20; Brayden Collins – 17; Tyson Struber – 14; Xavier Westbrook – 10; Kinser Colgin – 7; Christian Darrah – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (4): Brayden Minson – 2; Xavier Westbrook, Kinser Colgin – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Brayden Collins – 13 (9/4); Tyson Struber – 10 (3/7); Xavier Westbook – 7 (2/5).

Assist Leaders: Kinser Colgin – 4; Brayden Minson – 3.

Leader in Steals: Tyson Struber – 4; Brayden Collins – 3; Brayden Minson – 2.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Brayden Minson – 2.

(Post is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers)

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