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No concern for Canyon: Cowboys win 71-30

Cowboys shrug off slow start, rout Muir in pool play at Canyon Classic

Posted: December 9, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon's Brian Nnaoji (20) puts up a shot as Muir's Tevin Polk, left, goes for the block during the Cowboys' first game at the Canyon Classic Wednesday at Canyon High School. The Cowboys won 71-30.

A running clock in the fourth quarter?

No way.

A Canyon boys basketball blowout?

Early indications made it unlikely.

But the Cowboys' first game of their own Canyon Classic was a 71-30 trouncing of Muir of Pasadena Wednesday night at Canyon High.

It's how they started the game, though, that made such a landslide victory seem so unlikely.

The Mustangs started the game on an 8-1 run, thanks in part to two steals that led to thunderous dunks by junior guard Deshawn Hayes.

Canyon outscored Muir 70-22 from that point on, including a 19-0 run from the late first quarter to the midway point of the second.

"Dunks don't mean anything," said Canyon's Tere Adams. "We didn't worry. We just played best at what we're good at - that's defense."

Whether it was Canyon's defense or sloppy play by Muir, the Mustangs turned the ball over 19 times in the decisive second and third quarters.

In those frames, Canyon outscored Muir 51-15.

The Mustangs (3-1) turned the ball over 26 times in the game.

"We started aggressive but couldn't sustain," said Muir head coach Gamal Smalley. "We couldn't execute. We need a senior point guard. We don't have that and that hurts us."

Smalley pointed out that Muir's basketball program has struggled recently and that he was starting all underclassmen.

Hayes scored 12 points. No other teammate scored more than five.

The Cowboys received contributions from all over the place.

Ten different players scored for the Cowboys, led by Adams' 14 points.

Wesley Bartole and Coley Apsay each scored 12 points for the Cowboys.

"We've got some pretty solid depth right now," said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips.

"We have a good cohesive unit. We've gone through a lot the last 12 months. ... We have 14 guys who want to be a part of Canyon basketball."

Phillips alluded to the departure of post player Brandon Perry, who transferred to Taft before this season, and the fact that Canyon was 8-19 last season.

The Cowboys are three wins short of that total already.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys (5-1) took a 40-point lead, causing the referees to start a running clock.

Canyon will continue in the tournament when it hosts Panorama at 7:30 p.m. tonight.


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