Canby wins second consecutive game in league against Sherwood
Canby—Looking to capitalize on the momentum from their win last Friday against Lakeridge, the Canby Cougars hosted league foe Sherwood on Tuesday, Jan. 30. It was a rematch from a Jan. 3 game where Sherwood defeated the Cougars 42-50. This time, Canby would return the favor, besting the visitors 47-42 in overtime.
"At home we played them man in the first half, and we got down by 16," Sherwood head coach Rahim Tufts said after the game. "In the second half we pressed and trapped, and came roaring back. I felt it was really effective, we just didn't do a good job on the offensive end (this time)."
"I'm feeling good," Canby head coach Craig Evans said of the win. "I always tell our guys it's a climb, the whole season is a climb to the top of a mountain, and we're slowly moving forward, going up, going up. They're starting to figure the roles out, they're believing in the roles, they're accepting the roles, and when you do that, good things happen. We've got a good league, there's no easy battles. You've got to fight and fight, and fight."
The first quarter started out in Sherwood's favor, with sophomore Jamison Guerra sinking back to back three-pointers to put Canby at an early six point deficit. Canby senior Wade Brewer answered in short order, sinking his own three-pointer, and going one of two from the free throw line.
Canby struggled early connecting passes and maintaining possession of the ball, with Sherwood getting takeaways and moving into Canby territory. Neither team could get much going offensively, and the first quarter ended 7-7 after Canby senior Skyler Castleman sank the team's second three-pointer of the night.
In the second quarter, it was another low scoring affair for both teams. Canby netted six points, and Sherwood nine points. Canby had three different shooters get baskets after the team displayed improved passing and ball control. Senior Riley Jones put the ball away first, followed by fellow senior Antonio Arredondo who sank another basket from the top of the key. Antonio's younger brother, freshman Diego Arredondo, would follow suit and sink Canby's third consecutive basket, getting the team its first lead of the game, 13-9.
"We had some big time minutes from Antonio," Evans said. "He came in, he usually doesn't get a lot of minutes. When he does come in, we need some big minutes out of him. He played probably eight or nine minutes in the first half. Those were huge for us because we were struggling, we needed somebody to give us a little stability."
"I would say my freshman, they came in and were solid," Evans continued. "Both Diego and Ben (Bailey). They came in and their presence, they're flying around, they got some good rebounds and defensive stops, it was nice. It's nice having some youth that contribute like that."
Sherwood responded well, with junior Braden Thorn, senior Owen Grubbe, and junior Tyler Hix sinking four baskets to close out the half. At the end of the first 16 minutes, the scoreboard was 13-16 in favor of the Bowmen.
Coming out of the locker room, Sherwood hit one of its many three-point baskets, courtesy of senior Nick Koronko. The Bowmen nailed 11 three-pointers on the night. In the over the course of the third stanza Sherwood scored 11 points, from Koronko, Guerra, and five points from Grubbe. Still, Canby was beginning to assert their style of play, and it was not lost on Sherwood's top scorer.
"They slowed down the tempo," Guerra said. "We let them dictate what we did when we were on offense and they were on defense. We weren't able to get out in transition offense and not play against their 2-3 defense which is ultimately what we didn't want to do."
Guerra would finish the night with 20 points total, leading the Bowmen in scoring.
Canby was only able to answer with nine points in the third quarter. Senior Jacob Huggins sank two baskets from inside the paint, and Castleman drained a three to cap off a trio of consecutive Canby baskets. After 24 minutes, Sherwood was still in control, 22-27.
In the fourth quarter, Canby went on a streak. Brewer got things started with a three pointer, and after a big defensive stop Diego Arredondo tied the game up at 27 all with an assist junior Rizdin Miller.
Miller had a dazzling play on Canby's next offensive drive, moving past a Sherwood defender by dribbling the ball behind his back and making his way to the basket to sink a layup. All of this after an inbound pass from Brewer at 4:10 of the fourth stanza. Cougar sophomore Ronan Gay had a moment of his own, getting a takeaway and sinking a pair of free throws a minute later. Canby had taken the lead, 31-27.
Sherwood's Koronko hit his second three-point basket of the half, bring the Bowmen's deficit to one. Moments later, Guerra hit another of his many threes which put Sherwood in the lead 33-31. It would be the last time the visiting team would have the lead.
Canby's Diego Arredondo hit a two point basket to tie the game up at 33-33, and after defending away the Sherwood offense, the Cougars forced it into overtime.
"I'm just happy because we have a chance to win, and that's good," Arredondo said on scoring the basket.
The first basket made in the extra four minutes was a three point basket from Canby's Castleman gave the Cougar's their definitive lead. The rest of the quarter saw Canby take to the free throw line, making 11 points off of fouls.
The win moved Canby to 2-6 in league play, 6-12 overall. Sherwood falls to 4-4 in the Three Rivers League, and 11-7 overall.