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Foothill League boys basketball: Cowboys snap their 2-game losing streak

Canyon goes 3-point happy and keeps pace with Valencia in league

Posted: February 2, 2010 10:33 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Canyon boys basketball team hit eight 3-pointers and beat the visiting Hart Indians 60-49 on Tuesday night.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak by the Cowboys, who were knocked out of first place in the Foothill League last week.

“We had to regain our focus after our last two losses,” said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips. “We were sloppy to start the game, but it sure looked like we finished strong.”

Canyon (16-7, 5-2) shot 8-for-19 from beyond the arc with Kris Quant hitting 3-of-5 and Coley Apsay drilling 3-of-6.

Apsay led the Canyon offense with 16 points and Brian Nnaoji scored 12 points, while Quant and Wesley Bartole chipped in nine points each.

Phillips said he challenged Aspay to step up his offensive contributions and the sophomore has responded.

Hart guard Roman Delgado led all scorers with 20 points.

“Roman carried us,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “He’s doing too much for us — we need other players to step up and help him.”

Hart (5-19, 0-7) was plagued by sloppy play.

“We didn’t finish inside,” Kelly said. “We played hard, but we have to play mistake-free,”

Although Hart got the first basket, Canyon went on a 16-3 run, fueled by eight points from Nnaoji and back-to-back threes by Apsay to end the first quarter with a 16-5 Canyon lead.

Delgado drove the lane in the second quarter, putting up two layups, and Austin Maly hit a three to bring the Indians within four points at 18-14 with just under five minutes left in the half.

But Canyon pulled away, capping the quarter with a 3-pointer by Paul Nnaoji to end the half with a 28-17 Canyon lead.

Hart started the third quarter with a three by Delgado that cut Canyon’s lead to eight at 28-20.

That’s the closest Hart would get for the rest of the game.

The Indians are running out of chances for their first win in Foothill League play.

A meeting with West Ranch, followed by Saugus, could be their best chance.

Canyon, meanwhile, kept pace with Valencia and remains in second place in the Foothill League.

The Cowboys meet Saugus on Friday.

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