INMAN — Nobody saw this coming.
The Inman boys, with just one win on the season, were an underdog Friday night to Canton-Galva, which had started the year 5-2.
But in a stunning outcome, the Teutons blew out the foul-plagued Eagles for a 58-22 win. While the victory may not have been a total surprise to some since Inman had played Berean so close on Tuesday, the margin certainly was.
“We played pretty well tonight,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “Our pressure from our guards really bothered them. We had a bunch of kids that played really well. Keaton Case, Payton Froese and Jaxon Eddy really played our run-and-jump defense well. We got a lot of easy run-outs on them. We also rebounded really well, which was a concern for me coming in tonight. A good win for us going forward.”
Case had perhaps the best game of his career to lead Inman with 24 points. Payton Froese chipped in with 12.
The Teutons led 10-7 after a quarter, but when the Eagles lost standout guard Travis Unruh to foul trouble, Inman sprinted to a 21-3 second-quarter advantage. C-G was just totally taken out of its game by the Teutons’ defense.
Four Eagles were saddled with three fouls by halftime, with two more hit with two.
Zach Snow scored seven points to lead C-G. Unruh, the glue for the Eagles, was held without a point and played less than 10 minutes.
“With Unruh on the bench, we folded against their pressure,” Eagles coach Shane Duncan said. “Inman played with a lot of intensity on the defensive end, which led to some easy buckets in the second quarter. We were never able to regain our composure. To compete in the HOA, we have to handle pressure better than we did tonight.”
Duncan said Clayton Sargent was a bright spot, coming off the bench to grab five rebounds and showed a lot of hustle.
• CANTON-GALVA GIRLS 46, INMAN 39 — The Eagles continued their winning ways, improving to 6-2.
The Teutons had no answer for Cassidy Enns, who scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half. After scoring just 15 points in the first half, the Eagles warmed up to score 31 after the break.
Jewel Croley and Namoi Williams scored 15 apiece for the Tetuons, who struggled early with five first-quarter points.