Canby boys' basketball struggles out of the gate
The Cougars season is off to a shaky start.
Now 0-2 on the season, Canby's boys' basketball team has dropped contests to Sprague and 5A Parkrose. The first loss to the Olympians on Friday, Nov. 30 came in overtime to the score of 57-53, while the Parkrose defeat was more one-sided, 63-43, on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
While the defeats were not ideal for the Cougars, they did come against stiff, playoff caliber competition. In the 2017-2018, Sprague advanced into the second round of the playoffs and finished its season with a 20-6 overall record. Parkrose in that same time finished with a 10-4 record in the ever difficult Northwest Oregon Conference.
In both losses, Canby's squad saw players step up and put on good shows. In the Sprague loss, Canby senior Rizdin Miller had an excellent showing with 22 points on 10 baskets, and shooting 73 percent inside the arc. Younger brother and Canby sophomore Chance Miller had the next highest point tally, putting 10 up on the scoreboard with 3 rebounds. Sophomore Ben Bailey had the best all-around stats on the team, notching 6 points, 3 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Canby actually made more baskets than Sprague, 20 to the Olympians 17. The Cougars struggled with fouls. They had 23, seven more than Sprague at the games end.
In the 63-43 loss to Parkrose, Canby was outscored in the first half 36-19, and only outscored the Broncos in the third quarter 8-6. While the team was unable to get the job done, once again players were able to standout on the court.
Sophomore Diego Arredondo was the only player for Canby to hit double digits in the contest, racking up 23 points, with a pair of assists and three rebounds on the night. Part of that success for Arredondo came from 3-point range where he was 4-of-7. That shooting represented half of the teams deep baskets made, with Chance Miller, Bailey, freshman Alexander Evans, and junior Cayden Delozier making the other four.
On paper, the Cougars were even with Parkrose in fouls, they were simply outshot. Parkrose was 52 percent on 2-point field goals, and 46 percent overall, while Canby was 33 percent from the field. At the free throw line, Canby was 5-of-16. In comparison, Parkrose was 11-of-20.
The team redeemed itself against West Salem (1-2) with a 64-59 win on the road on Friday, Dec. 7. The team was fueled by points from the brothers Miller who combined for 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Chance Miller made the lion's share of his 15 points from free throws, going 12-of-18 from the line. Rizdin Miller was a threat from all areas of the floor, sinking three buckets from the paint, two from mid-range, and draining a shot from beyond the arc.
Arredondo and Evans each made a pair of 3-pointers, and Delozier had 9 points, going 3-for-3 from downtown.
The win improves Canby to 1-2 on the season, and propels them into another non-league matchup with Forest Grove (3-0) on Friday, Dec. 14.