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Foothill basketball: Canyon shoots lights out at G.V.

Cowboys open league with win behind hot shooting

Posted: January 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 9, 2013 1:55 a.m.
 

In a game that featured a pair of head coaches making their Foothill League debuts, Canyon’s sharp shooting proved too much for Golden Valley to overcome.

Led by Ben Taufahema and Marc Cabrera, the Cowboys splashed 14 3-pointers en route to a 79-72 victory over the Grizzlies Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

“We’ve been building our focus and belief in shooting,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong. “We played through adversity and fought for all 32 [minutes] tonight.

DeLong is replacing longtime Canyon coach Chad Phillips, while Golden Valley’s Al Vanhook takes over for Myron Watkins.

Canyon’s impressive shooting was on display from the start, as the team combined to hit 11-for-12 in the first quarter.

Of those 11 made baskets, five were from 3-point range, including three from Mathew Edwards.

Edwards’ third make of the quarter came from the left corner as time expired to extend Canyon’s lead to 30-14.

“We competed and played hard out there,” Vanhook said. “There’s only so much we can do when the other team is shooting so great.”

Taufahema finished the game shooting 5-for-11 from downtown and led the Cowboys (11-6 overall, 1-0 Foothill League) with 21 points, while Cabrera added 15 points on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc.

Mark Bell and Park Mackenzie scored 13 and 10 points, respectively for Canyon.

As for the Grizzlies (5-12, 0-1), James Chevious, Leon Jacobs, and Kourbine Lee kept the game close throughout.

Chevious finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting, while Lee shot 6-of-11 for 16 points.

After starting the game 0-for-5, Jacobs hit eight of his final 11 shots and added a couple of electrifying dunks to finish with 21 points on the night.

“Our No. 1 thing is to change the culture around here,” Vanhook said. “We want to show the rest of the league that we aren’t pushovers anymore.”

Both teams will be in action again on Friday as Golden Valley plays at Valencia, while Canyon takes on West Ranch at home.

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