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Canyon hoops smothers G.V.

Posted: January 14, 2014 10:48 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2014 10:48 p.m.

By Michael Grandinetti

For The Signal

If Canyon Cowboys boys basketball is going to compete for a Foothill League title in 2014, its defense will be the reason.

The Cowboys, held the Golden Valley Grizzlies to 10-of-44 shooting from the field en route to a 68-33 victory in the Foothill League opener Tuesday at Canyon High.

“I think that’s what separates us,” said Canyon head coach Sean De Long, whose team is now riding a 14-game winning streak. “I know our kids really believe in it and want it more. I know we can score like other teams, but our desire to play defense and stop other teams is hopefully what will separate us.”

The Cowboys (17-1 Overall, 1-0 Foothill League) limited Golden Valley to three field goals in the first half, including none in the opening quarter.

As time expired in the second quarter, Canyon guard Marc Cabrera hit one of his three 3-pointers on the night to beat the buzzer, which prompted a 34-14 lead at the break.

Cabrera finished with 14 points, forward Dean Hendrix-Davis added 13 points, while teammate Ben Taufahema had a game-high 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

“I was lucky to get open shots,” said Taufahema, who finished 4-for-7 from behind the arc. “Coach does a great job with the offense, and I just happened to be the lucky one to get open shots tonight.”

As a team, Canyon went 11-for-24 from three-point range.

The Grizzlies (7-8, 0-1) shot just 3-for-14 from distance.

“We had some shots that didn’t fall early. They were pretty good looks when the game was close,” said Alon, who made his Foothill League head coaching debut Tuesday. “Canyon was hitting some shots, and we lost some confidence. ... (But) I think you’ll see a different product on Friday. You’re going to see a more competitive team on Friday.”

The Grizzlies will host Valencia, while Canyon will play at defending Foothill champion West Ranch on Friday.


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