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Foothill League boys basketball: Canyon's big two get job done

Cowboys’ top scorers Kasdorf and Apsay once again lead team in lopsided win over Golden Valley

Posted: January 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The formula is becoming all too familiar to Foothill League boys basketball teams.

Canyon High’s Clay Kasdorf scored a game-high 24 points and teammate Coley Apsay chipped in 17 points to defeat Golden Valley 68-34 on Friday night at Canyon High School.

Elijah Veluzat scored eight points and Dean Hendrix-Davis added seven points for the Cowboys as the starters didn’t play past the third quarter.

“We’re blessed to have two very good basketball players,” said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips of Kasdorf and Apsay. “But the best part is we have a bunch of role players stepping up.”

Canyon jumped out to a 22-11 lead after one quarter by beating the Grizzlies inside with Kasdorf.

On defense, the Cowboys frustrated the undersized Golden Valley squad from the start.

Golden Valley (5-15, 0-4) turned the ball over 16 times — four times in each quarter — and were forced into taking low-percentage shots most of the night.

“We turned the ball over too much,” said Golden Valley head coach Myron Watkins. “We played a little timid.”

But in the second quarter, it was Apsay’s turn.

The senior guard scored 11 points in the quarter to help the Cowboys pull away with an 11-0 run early in the frame.

Canyon (19-1, 4-0) would enter halftime up 46-24 — and it was never that close again.

“When you don’t play hard, we can’t (win),” Watkins said. “You’ve got to come out and be ready to play basketball.”

No Golden Valley player scored in double digits, and Joey Quintanilla led with nine points. Wade Rodriguez scored seven points and Nick Billy added five points.

For the Cowboys — who have now won 12 straight games since losing to Crespi on Dec. 12 — they knew if they stuck to their game plan they stood a good chance of coming out victorious.

“You go into a game like this and you don’t want to make bad habits,” Phillips said. “You’ve got to stay with what you do and maintain your focus.”

The focus looked fine on Tuesday, as the Cowboys shot 52 percent from the field through three quarters and turned the ball over just five times in that span.

That success led Canyon to a 65-29 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

And by the time the buzzer sounded, the Cowboys had already turned their attention toward the future.

“Every team (in the league) is tough. Valencia, Saugus, West Ranch, they’re all big. Every team is a threat,” Kasdorf said.

And the next threat to arrive at Canyon is Hart, which will face off with the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Golden Valley will try to break its 14-game Foothill League losing streak on Tuesday when it travels to Saugus.

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