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Prep boys hoops: Canyon comeback fueled from line

Cowboys sink late free throws to edge Golden Valley

Posted: January 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

In a game that was largely emotional and at times downright chaotic, Canyon Cowboys boys basketball did the little things that the Golden Valley Grizzlies couldn’t, winning 56-43 on Friday night at Canyon High behind a number of critical free throws down the stretch.

“I swear this league is incredibly physical,” said Canyon head coach Sean DeLong. “There was a lot of chippy play tonight, but when it’s hard to establish a rhythm, sometimes you have to create your own.”

For the better part of Friday night’s game, it was the Grizzlies (5-16 overall, 0-6 Foothill League) who asserted their style of play.

Given both teams’ lack of a true inside presence, and Golden Valley’s lineup of mainly slasher type players, the Grizzlies drove the ball inside every opportunity they had.

On Friday, Grizzlies senior David Robins was the most effective in executing his team’s gameplan, tallying 13 points and drawing multiple fouls.

But Golden Valley didn’t cash in on its free throw attempts on Friday, nullifying whatever advantages its designed gameplan had yielded.

After trailing throughout the game, and even falling behind by as much as 10 points in the third quarter, Canyon (12-10, 2-4) made its comeback.

A comeback, which ironically began at the free throw line.

While Golden Valley went a mere 9-for-18 from the charity stripe in the second half, Canyon went 14-of-19, slowly chipping away the Grizzlies’ lead until Canyon junior guard Mark Bell tied the score 39-39 with a layup.

He then hit a 3-pointer to give the Cowboys a 42-39 lead late in the fourth quarter.

“Mark was definitely our most valuable player tonight. He hit those shots as well as coming up with some huge offensive rebounds,” DeLong said of Bell, who scored all seven of his points on Friday in the fourth quarter.

Cowboys Marc Cabrera and Park Mackenzie helped ice the game late, scoring 19 points and 12 points respectively.


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