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Hart blasts its way past Cowboys

Canyon can’t keep pace with Indians’ hot shooting, tough inside game

Posted: February 7, 2009 2:49 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2009 4:54 a.m.
For the Canyon boys basketball team to pull the upset of Hart Friday night, it would need solid shooting and tough defense.

Unfortunately, the Indians were the ones with the solid shooting while Canyon struggled to slow them down as the Indians defeated the Cowboys 63-43.

“To start the game, we put the ball in the hoop with them,” said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips. “But they have a little more firepower and our defense buckled. And we shot 15-of-50. You are not going to beat a good Hart team doing that.”

With Canyon missing shots, the Indians (17-8, 6-2) came out of the locker room with one thing on their mind.

“We didn’t want to come out and not play hard,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We wanted to come out and play hard from the get-go.”

The Indians did that as they poured it on early in the game, taking a 27-10 lead into the second quarter. The lead swelled to 29-11 before Canyon (7-17, 1-7) mounted a small comeback to make it 31-19 at the half.

“We knew we couldn’t sleep on them or anybody because everybody in the Foothill League is good,” said Hart guard Brad Wyche.

Wyche finished with a game-high 22 points while Coley Apsay and Erik Gould finished with 10 each for Canyon.

In the third quarter the Cowboys continued to stay on the comeback trail, eventually cutting the lead to eight at 42-34 with four seconds to go in the quarter when Darnel Haggerty knocked down a jumper.

That, however, was as close as Canyon would get. Hart’s Pat Abbott drained a deep 3-pointer 40 seconds into the final stanza and Hart was again off and running.

Hart used its inside game in the fourth quarter to score points, and Parker Dominguez and Joe Inemer controlled the paint.

“Our down low game is to just work as hard as you can, grab every rebound and pound it in,” said Dominguez, who finished with 12 points.

The teams then traded baskets down the stretch until Wyche knocked down a 3-pointer and two free throws to provide the final 20-point margin.

After the game, Wyche detailed the team’s plans for the rest of the season.

“We can’t lose anymore games,” Wyche said. “If we lose another Foothill League game we can’t win league, and if we lose after that in the playoffs, our season is over. We just have to keep building momentum.”


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