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Prep boys hoops: Canyon can’t cash in

Cowboys squander early opportunities in a first-round loss

Posted: February 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.
 

Canyon Cowboys boys basketball had its chance to take the upper hand.

But once the host Lawndale Cardinals got into a rhythm, Canyon didn’t have enough time to rally in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.

And after a 73-63 loss to Lawndale on Friday night at Lawndale High, time ran out on the Cowboys’ season.

“The defense got off balance, missed shots that we would normally make and (Lawndale) got the hang of the game to be honest,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong.

Junior forward Dean Hendrix-Davis led Canyon with 15 points and added seven rebounds. Mark Bell and Marc Cabrera each added 13 points for Canyon.

Additional contributions for the Cowboys (14-13) included gritty defensive performances from seniors Park Mackenzie and Markie Cortez.

Despite some missed open jump shots in the first half, Canyon kept within striking distance, trailing 32-25 at halftime.

The Pioneer League champion Cardinals (19-8) took over in the third quarter, outscoring Canyon 18-9 to extend the lead to 50-34 headed into the final frame.

“We seemed to have one bad quarter every game,” DeLong said.

But another thing Canyon has done with regularity this season is fight back.

Despite the fact that they struggled to get the ball inside against Lawndale’s 6-foot-9 center Chimezie Metu, the Cowboys managed to work his way into the paint for some tough points and rebounds.

That was partly due to the tough play of Hendrix-Davis, DeLong said.

Canyon fought back to within six points in the fourth quarter, but not enough shots went down to complete the comeback.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” DeLong said. “They played typical Canyon basketball. They never quit. They could have packed it in and lost by 20 points.”

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