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Canyon hoops comes back strong

Cowboys put aside loss on Tuesday, beat Saugus 47-37

Posted: January 24, 2014 10:29 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2014 10:29 p.m.
 

Canyon Cowboys boys basketball head coach Sean DeLong said he wanted to see his team bounce back after its disappointing blowout loss to Valencia on Tuesday.

And although it didn’t always look pretty, his team delivered.

After giving up a 13-point second half lead, the Cowboys responded and broke away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Saugus Centurions 47-37 Friday at Canyon High.

At the 4:38 mark of the fourth quarter, Saugus senior point guard Jacob Tobon tied the score at 35 with a left-hand floater,

But Canyon (19-2 Overall, 3-1 Foothill League) closed out on a 12-2 scoring run to stay within one game of Hart in the Foothill League standings.

“I was very proud that we grinded and found a way tonight,” DeLong said. “After that kind of loss on Tuesday, a lot of teams would lose probably the next game or just play horrible. The fact that they were able to grind out here, battle, and never quit once, that’s what I was looking for.”

Canyon controlled a 26-13 lead following Mark Bell’s 3-pointer to start the third quarter.

But Saugus (9-13, 0-4) answered with a 20-6 run.

The Centurions led 33-32 with 6:40 to play in the fourth quarter, which was their first lead since 2-0.

Saugus junior power forward Caleb Grisanti contributed eight of his team-high 12 points on the run.

“It’s Caleb’s best game of the year,” said Saugus head coach Derek Ballard. “He did a great job and was very aggressive.”

However, in the final minutes, Saugus was outscored and missed the front end of three crucial 1-and-1 free throw attempts, which now leaves them searching for their first Foothill League victory on Tuesday against Golden Valley.

Canyon senior forward Dean Hendrix-Davis scored a game-high 14 points, including the game-sealing dunk in the final minute.

Hendrix-Davis finished 4-for-6 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

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