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Cowboys dominate again

Canyon boys hoops pick up second straight 40-point plus blowout

Posted: December 10, 2009 10:20 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 

Canyon’s boys basketball team scored 66 points through three quarters Thursday.

But the other number on the scoreboard was much more important to the Cowboys.

Swarming defense led Canyon to a 72-22 victory in its second game of pool play at the Canyon Classic at Canyon High School.

Before Panorama (1-6) even got its first shot off, Canyon was up 12-0 thanks to its full-court press, which forced turnovers and generated extra possessions.

The Cowboys came close to the school record for least points allowed, which is 21 according to Canyon head coach Chad Phillips.

“We picked up full-court a little bit and got some turnovers,” Phillips said.

Guard Coley Apsay led the Cowboys with 15 points on 66 percent shooting, and he was the beneficiary of several drive-and-kick looks to help Canyon (6-2) build its lead.

Phillips also credited Apsay for leading the defense.

“Defense always leads to offense, so we tried to do that,” Apsay said.

Canyon was up 21-0 before Panorama’s Sean Dominguez buried a 3-pointer to get the Pythons on the scoreboard with 2:35 left in the first quarter.

Dominguez used his athleticism to create shots and he led Panorama with nine points.

“We’re a young team, a bunch of 10th-graders,” said Panorama head coach Sal Garcia. “We were just intimidated. We forgot how to do everything. Canyon is a good team.”

The Cowboys had a considerable size advantage, as only three Pythons on the roster are listed as taller than 6 feet.

Canyon’s Tere Adams used his size and quickness to get in the paint and beat Panorama down the floor in the first half, when he scored all 12 of his points.

Even with a 48-10 halftime lead, Canyon allowed just one field goal in the third quarter.

“We could have played sloppy the whole game, but we really came out and played well in the second half,” Phillips said.

Apsay said the school record for least points allowed certainly factored into the team’s second-half performance.

While the team fell short of that goal, Canyon will certainly take the result.

“What’s more important to the program, the scoring record or the defensive record?” Phillips said. “We wanted to work defensively.”

 

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