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Posted: February 2, 2008 3:58 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
Don't sleep on Canyon boys basketball.

Sure, the Cowboys have their roughest stretch of the Foothill League season next week, but a team that has won only four of its last 11 games might be gaining steam.
Sound crazy?
Maybe, but a 70-56 victory over Hart Friday at their Brickhouse was an indicator of the Cowboys' potential.
The most striking part of Canyon's victory was the fact that others stepped up rather than just the league's top two scorers Mark Lewis and Cody Anderson.
Mike Edwards' contribution was the biggest of the bunch.
The long and lanky swingman turned what was a close game for three quarters into a wide-margin victory for the Cowboys.
He scored 10 of his 15 points in the final frame.
"We kind of are the supporting cast, but we have to contribute," Edwards said.
He contributed early in the quarter, hitting a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 49-40.
Later in the frame, a pass went off the fingertips of Anderson as he neared the baseline.
Edwards saved the loose ball from going out of bounds, dribbled to the corner and hit another 3-pointer.
It was the nail in the coffin for the Indians as the Cowboys (13-10, 4-3) took a 67-52 lead with 1:41 to play.
"It's a tribute to our team," said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips. "Putting trust in players like Mike and (forward) Jonathan (Lawson)."
Hart (17-7, 3-5) is still looking for its identity - especially on the offensive end.
The Indians made only 11-of-32 shots in the second half and haven't found a go-to scorer.
It's looked like it would be point guard Levi Wenrich or Brad Wyche over the last couple of games, but Wenrich struggled from the field and Wyche's opportunities dried up as Friday's game progressed.
Wyche led the Indians with 15 points, but 11 came in the first quarter.
He hit three 3-pointers in the frame, as Hart trailed 18-17 after one.
"I'm going to let it come to me," Wyche said on his shots. He was 2-for-6 in the final three quarters.
Hart pressed in the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys took advantage.
"Our hardest part was blocking out, especially with Cody," Wyche said. "They found a way to get past (the press) everytime."
The Cowboys' 6-foot-9 center scored a game-high 21 points with a variety of shots - jumpers, tip-ins and layups.
"A lot of our goals are to get it to the big man," Edwards said. "Everyone starts going on him and it opens it up for us."
He attacked the small Hart post throughout with help from Lewis, who scored 18 points and found ways to locate the open man.
Canyon, still tied with West Ranch for third place in the Foothill, has games next week against first-place Valencia and Saugus and a make-up game against West Ranch.
Believe it or not, three wins for the Cowboys will give them at least a share of the league title.
"Markable," was how Phillips described his team's improvement this week.
Three wins next week would be remarkable.


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