By William

HERINGTON – The Canton/Galva boys basketball team either struggled on offense or were well contained by Salina Sacred Heart on Friday night, either way it showed on the scoreboard as Sacred Heart dominated from the opening tip and beat the Eagles 72-38 in their Class 2A sub-state semi-final game, ending the season for the Canton/Galva boys.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE CANTON/GALVA EAGLES? It means the Eagles 2019-20 season has come to an end and they will close out the year with an overall record of 9-12. Meanwhile Sacred Heart will tangle with Hillsboro on Saturday evening for the right to go to the Class 2A state tournament. The loss also means the closing of the Eagle careers for two seniors, Kinser Colgin and Jay Nightingale.

THE GAME – From the opening tip, Sacred Heart dominated the game as they jumped all over the Eagles to take a whopping 25-point, 31-6 lead by the end of the first quarter of play. In the second quarter the Eagles fell even further behind, trailing 47-14 going into the halftime break.

While the scoring was a bit closer in the second half with Sacred Heart only outscoring the Eagles by one, 25-24, the damage was done as they closed the Canton/Galva season with their 34-point victory.

THE CANTON/GALVA EAGLES AS A TEAM – Tyson Struber was the one bright spot for the Eagles offense as he put up 14 points on the scoreboard while Xavier Westbrook chipped in with six and six other players each scored three. Seven different Eagles hit one three-pointer in the game though as a team they hit but 31% of their shots from the field.

The two clear differences in the stats came in turnovers where the Eagles committed 20 while Sacred Heart had but 7 and, in the paint, where Sacred Heart outrebounded Canton/Galva 39-25.

WHAT THE COACH HAD TO SAY – “We ran into a buzz saw tonight,” explained Canton/Galva Head Coach Shane Duncan. “We came out flat and they jumped on us from the get-go as Sacred Heart hit five three-pointers in the first quarter by four different players. This was by far the biggest team we have played this year, and they controlled the boards on us. This has been one of the best rebounding teams I have coach in 18 years, but their size negated that.”

Coach Duncan concluded his reflections on the season ending loss by adding, “I am very proud of how the kids didn’t quit. They played hard until the final buzzer, and I give them the utmost credit for that. We will return 10 varsity players next year, so the program should have high expectations in the foreseeable future. We will miss Kinser (Colgin) and Jay (Nightingale) next year. It was an honor to coach both those young men the last four years. We will have to fill the leadership roles they provided this season.”

CANTON/GALVA EAGLES vs. Salina Sacred Heart

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

EAGLES                        6          8          14        10        = 38

Sacred Heart               31        16        20        5          = 72

TEAM STATS:              EAGLES            Sacred Heart

Shooting                      13-42 (31%)     28-62 (45%)

3-Pointers                    7-26 (27%)       6-18 (33%)

Free Throws                5-9 (56%)         10-18 (56%)

Rebounds (Off/Def)    25 (4/21)         39 (14/25)

Assists                          8                      17

Turnovers                    20                    7

Steals                           4                      14

Blocked Shots              7                      3

Personal Fouls             12                    13

CANTON/GALVA EAGLES INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (38 total points): Tyson Struber – 14; Xavier Westbrook – 6; Brayden Minson – 3; Brayden Collins – 3; Christian Darrah – 3; Andrew Prieb – 3; Kinser Colgin – 3; Jay Nightingale – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (7): Tyson Struber, Xavier Westbrook, Brayden Minson, Brayden Collins, Christian Darrah, Andrew Prieb, Jay Nightingale – 1.

Rebound Leaders (Off/Def): Brayden Minson – 7 (0/7); Tyson Struber – 6 (0/6).

Assists Leader: Christian Darrah – 3; Brayden Minson – 2.

Leader in Steals: Kinser Colgin – 2; Tyson Struber, Brayden Minson – 1.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Tyson Struber – 3; Brayden Collins, Andrew Prieb – 2.

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