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Prep hoops: Canyon keeps rolling at home

Cowboys win makes them 5-0 on own floor in 2012

Posted: December 11, 2012 10:07 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 10:07 p.m.
 

It took Canyon a quarter and a half to wake up and show what Cowboys basketball is all about.

After Santa Clara held the Cowboys to five first quarter points, the two teams reversed roles and Canyon’s defense came alive on the way to a 61-42 victory on Tuesday night at Canyon High.

Santa Clara (3-3) opened the game on a 9-1 run as it shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter.

The Saints took a 15-6 lead into the second quarter.

In the first eight minutes, the Cowboys committed seven turnovers.

“Turnovers took us out of getting shots and took us out of rhythm,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong. “Once our guys got into a flow it changed a little bit and the guys started moving the ball on offense and started taking care of it.

With 4:48 remaining in the second quarter, Cowboys’ forward Park Mackenzie got fouled and completed a three-point play that seemed to spark the Cowboys.

From that point Canyon finished the half on a 16-2 run and took a 25-19 lead into halftime.

The Cowboys (8-1) never looked back.

“I told the team to just play the way we do every day,” DeLong said. “It sounds simple, but just to know their assignments, know their opportunities and mixing up defenses against them helped us out because it took them out of their rhythm.”

Marc Cabrera led the Cowboys with a quiet 17 points on 7-for-12 from the field.

“I am just playing the way I know how to play,” Cabrera said. “I am not forcing anything, but I have to give a lot of credit to my team for trusting me with (the ball).

For Santa Clara D’Andre Jones led the way for the Saints with 16 points.

Santa Clara’s 22 turnovers kept it from getting no closer than seven points in the second half.

“If you turn the ball over, the other team gets more opportunities to score versus you having the opportunity to score,” said Santa Clara head coach Kevin Thompson. “Our guys got mentally out of the game today.”

The win was the Cowboys’ fifth consecutive victory at home.

“We preach to these guys champions don’t lose at home and if we want to have that kind of aspiration then we can’t lose at home at all cost,” DeLong said.

The Cowboys now host Highland Wednesday at Canyon High.

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