By William

CANTON – It was a battle from the opening tip to the final few seconds of the game on Tuesday as the Canton/Galva boys basketball team was able to hold on after four quarters and an overtime to defeat Bennington by one single bucket, 72-70 and advance in their Class 2A Sub-State.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE EAGLES? The victory means the Canton/Galva Eagles live to play another game in their 2019-20 season. The victory means their season mark moves to 9-11. The victory means the Eagles will now get to play the number one seed of their sub-state, Salina Sacred Heart who is now 18-3 for the season after hammering Ell-Saline 77-25 on Tuesday. The game with Sacred Heart will be in Herington on Friday with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

THE GAME – Canton/Galva took an early four-point, 12-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter and held that same four-point margin at 26-22 heading into the halftime break.

While the Eagles took a five-point lead into the final quarter of play, Bennington outscored them by five in the final eight minutes of regulation play to tie the score at 69-69 and sending the game into overtime. In the extra few minutes of play, Christian Darrah connected on seven of his career high 17 points for the Eagles in helping them record the final two-point, 72-70 win.

THE EAGLES TEAM – Kinser Colgin led the Eagle offense with a career high 24 points which was helped by three three-pointers while also pulling down seven rebounds. Tyson Struber scored a double-double by putting 17 points in the scorebook and pulling down 10 rebounds of which five were off the offensive boards. Darrah joined them in double digits with 17 points as well which was a career high. Xavier Westbrook may have only scored three points, but he also pulled down 10 rebounds and led the team in assists with four. Brayden Collins also had a solid night in the paint by grabbing eight rebounds as the Eagles as a team outrebounded Bennington 40-26 and that included an impressive 16 offensive rebounds.

WHAT THE COACH HAD TO SAY – “This was a hard-fought game by both teams tonight,” noted Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan as he reflected on the overtime victory. “Kinser (Colgin) was consistent and efficient all game (both defensively and offensively), ending with a career high 24 points. We battled foul trouble the entire game, but were disciplined enough to guard without fouling. Christian (Darrah), our sixth man, also had a career high game offensively in the second half as he scored 17 points by hitting five-of-eight shooting and scoring seven of those points in the overtime.”


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          OT       FINAL

Bennington                  8          14        18        19        11        = 70

EAGLES                        12        14        19        14        13        = 72

TEAM STATS:              Bennington      EAGLES

Shooting                      29-62 (47%)     26-57 (46%)

3-Pointers                    5-22 (23%)       7-22 (32%)

Free Throws                7-14 (50%)       13-28 (46%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    26 (9/17)         40 (16/24)

Assists                          9                      10

Turnovers                    12                    17

Steals                           6                      5

Blocked Shots              0                      2

Personal Fouls             23                    15

CANTON/GALVA EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (72 total points): Kinser Colgin – 24; Tyson Struber – 17; Christian Darrah – 17; Brayden Collins – 6; Brayden Minson – 5; Xavier Westbrook – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (7): Kinser Colgin – 3; Tyson Struber, Christian Darrah, Brayden Collins, Brayden Minson – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Tyson Struber – 10 (5/5); Xavier Westbrook – 10 (4/6); Brayden Collins – 8 (2/6); Kinser Colgin – 7 (3/4); Christian Darrah – 4 (2/2).

Assists Leader: Xavier Westbrook – 4; Kinser Colgin, Tyson Struber – 2.

Leader in Steals: Five with one.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Tyson Struber – 2.

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