Eagles one win from title game

By Steve Sell
January 20, 2016

CANTON — Canton-Galva’s boys snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 52-44 victory over the Derby Invasion in the first round of the Canton-Galva Invitational.

The Eagles methodically built a 10-point lead after three quarters before Derby had its best period of the night with 18 fourth-quarter points.

Travis Unruh came alive for C-G with 21 points and Zach Snow added 13. C-G pounded the glass, with Reed Wiens pulling down 10 rebounds, Snow nine and Unruh six. Wiens also had five steals and four blocks.

“I'd take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day,” said C-G coach Shane Duncan, whose team is now 6-5 on the season. “We have to play better offensively on Thursday if we want to play in the championship game.”

Duncan admitted the Eagles struggled to score at times.

“We played great defense tonight (forced 34 turnovers),” Duncan said. “Thank goodness, because we were atrocious offensively.  We were 12 of 27 from the line and shot 32 percent from the field. Zach was fantastic tonight at the top of our zone. He won't get credited with the steals we had, but he was responsible for the mass majority. Reed Wiens struggled from the field tonight, but had a really nice overall performance.”

The Wichita Warriors were a 45-33 winner in the other game played on Tuesday.

Thursday’s games include Sedgwick against the Wichita Warriors at 6 p.m., followed by Canton-Galva against Ell-Saline at 7:30. The finals are Friday.