Basketball: Canby boys end losing skid
Even in a four-game losing streak, Canby coaches and players believed they were playing well.
Tuesday night against Lakeridge, the Cougars proved it, throttling the visiting Pacers 75-47 to improve to 4-4 in the Three Rivers League.
"We were tired of losing and we needed to win this game to get the ball rolling," said Canby junior Riley Knutson, who scored 14 points off the bench. "I feel like we're getting in a groove now."
Pushing the ball and playing faster than typical, the Cougars raced out to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter.
"We put together a good game plan to start the game off and we executed right off the bat and got them where we wanted them, and we just kept going," Canby coach Craig Evans said. "Get them to play a little bit faster than they want to. That's usually what teams do that have had success against them."
Juniors Diego Arredondo and Aftanom Ovchinnikoff were responsible for all of Canby's first 15 points.
The second quarter then belonged to Knutson and Chance Miller.
Miller had nine points in the period and Knutson added eight to give Canby a 32-15 lead at halftime.
"We're a really momentum-based team," Knutson said. "That's the biggest thing and when someone really gets going, we feed off of each other's energy."
The Cougars kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter and outscored Lakeridge 27-15 to take a commanding 59-30 lead.
"We put on a press and we got them playing faster and faster, and got our energy up on offense," Evans said. "Guys hit shots. Guys weren't afraid to shoot."
Tyler Mead scored all eight of his points in the third quarter.
"We were fired up," Mead said. "I had two fouls coming into the half and just wanted to make a statement."
Arredondo led the Cougars with 15 points. Ovchinnikoff added 11 and Miller finished with nine.
"That's back to normal," Evans said of the team's balanced scoring. "That's back to where we were when we were rolling at the beginning of league. It doesn't matter who is scoring. Everyone is capable of scoring."
Canby emptied its bench in the fourth quarter. All 13 players saw action and 10 scored.
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