By William

CANTON – They were young and had to deal with a late start, but the Canton/Galva boys basketball team still managed to play some exciting basketball during the 2019-20 season despite finishing just 9-11 for the season.

On top of finishing below .500 for the overall season, the Eagles placed fourth in the Wheat State League.

“I was extremely proud of the team this year,” noted Eagle Head Coach Shane Duncan. “With only two seniors, we were very young as we played three sophomores in our rotation.”

It probably didn’t help that the Eagles got a late start in prepping for the season as most of the players were a bit busy pulling off a miracle comeback to finish their 2019 football season unbeaten and with a state championship.

“We definitely were behind to start the season due to our extended football season,” explained Coach Duncan. “But the state championship was well worth it for our school district.”

Leading the way for the Eagles was dynamic sophomore Tyson Struber who earned first-team all-league while gaining honorable mention honors for all-state recognition. According to Coach Duncan, Struber took a huge leap from his freshman season to his sophomore season and acknowledged that he was going to be something special in the upcoming seasons.

Among the team leaders for the Eagles were:

  • Sophomore Tyson Struber, who beyond his post-season honors led the Eagles in scoring with 296 points which was good for 14.1 points per game. Struber just missed a double-double for the season by leading the team in rebounds with 191 which meant he pulled down 9.1 per game. Struber also led the team in steals with 44 and blocked shots as he swiped away 46 while finished second in assists with 42.
  • Senior Kinser Colgin was second on the team in scoring with 181 points or 8.6 per game while leading the team in assists as he dished out 45. Colgin also led the Eagles in three-point shots made with 21.
  • Sophomore Xavier Westbrook was third on the team in scoring with 160 points or 8.0 per game while finishing third in rebounds with 104 and second in steals with 29.
  • Junior Brayden Collins scored 128 points on the season while finishing second to Struber in rebounds with 113. Collins also was tough on defense as he scored 17 blocked shots.
  • Junior Brayden Minson put 114 points in the scorebook this past season while dishing out 40 assists, making 24 steals and connecting on 18 three-pointers.

As Coach Duncan concluded his post-season reflections, he emphasized the enthusiasm for the future by adding, “Canton/Galva has an extremely bright future for the foreseeable future. There are many talented and dedicated players that will be returning and coming up through the Eagle program. We will bring back four varsity starters next season with the remaining players having had a great junior varsity and C-team record this past season. In addition, out incoming eighth graders lost but one game this past season. The Eagle program is on its way up.”


Leaders in Total Points {Avg}: Tyson Struber – 296 {14.1}; Kinser Colgin – 181 {8.6}; Xavier Westbrook – 160 {8.0}; Brayden Collins – 128 {6.4}; Brayden Minson – 114 {5.4}.

Leaders in 3-Pointers Made: Kinser Colgin – 21; Brayden Minson – 18.

Leaders in Rebounds {Off/Def}: Tyson Struber – 191 {60/131}; Brayden Collins – 113 {35/78}; Xavier Westbrook – 104 {47/57}; Kinser Colgin – 83 {34/49}.

Leaders in Assists: Kinser Colgin – 45; Tyson Struber – 42; Brayden Minson – 40; Brayden Collins – 34.

Leader in Steals: Tyson Struber – 44; Xavier Westbrook – 29; Kinser Colgin – 24.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Tyson Struber – 46; Brayden Collins – 17.

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