LOST SPRINGS — The Canton-Galva boys have relied most of the season on the scoring of seniors Travis Unruh and Zach Snow.
On Tuesday, however, Centre decided to concentrate on those two and dare the other Eagles to beat it.
Hunter Pearson’s 14 points and 12 more by Reed Wiens sparked the Eagles to a 47-39 victory. C-G, now 4-1, was behind by five points after three quarters, but outscored the Wildcats 20-7 in the final quarter.
“This was a great team win for us tonight,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Zach and Travis were averaging 18 and 17 coming into the game and they combined for 13 points tonight. It was great to see other players step it up in a game that they struggled. Reed and Hunter gave us a big lift offensively combining for 26. That is 19 above their average combined points on the year.”
The Eagles were nearly left behind at the outset.
“We started the game down 9-0, with four turnovers in our first five possessions,” Duncan said. “Uncharacteristically, we had 18 turnovers. We have only turned the ball over 8.5 times a game up to this point.”
While Unruh scored only five points, he had 10 rebounds and five assists as he did other things to help his team win.
• CANTON-GALVA GIRLS 52, CENTRE 30 — Like the C-G boys, the Eagle girls are now 4-1, but they had a much easier time of it.
C-G erupted for 20 first-quarter points to take much of the suspense out of the game as they were up 17 after eight minutes.
Kelli Nightingale had a career night for the Eagles with 20 points, 10 in each half. Cassidy Enns chipped in with 19, 12 in the first half.