CANTON — The second quarter basically told the story.
Sedgwick outscored Canton-Galva 20-8 over those 8 minutes Saturday in the finals of the Canton-Galva Invitational, while the other three quarters were even-steven.
The 12-point second-period differential gave Sedgwick a 49-37 victory in what was the Eagles’ first appearance in the title game in 18 years.
“We really struggled against their pressure tonight,” Canton-Galva coach Shane Duncan said. “Especially in the second quarter. We turned the ball over 20 times. We did a much better job in the second half and the score showed that.”
The Eagles were down by as many as 18, but chopped it down to 11. However, they could never crack a single-digit deficit.
“Defensively, we did a really nice job in the halfcourt,” Duncan said. “We held the MVP of the tournament (Kyler Summers) to 11 points. Unfortunately, they got some leak-outs off our turnovers. Coming off a double-overtime game last night, I felt the boys played hard. Fatigue didn't seem to be as big of a factor as it could've been. We just made too many mental mistakes in the first half.”
The Eagles were led by Travis Unruh with 12 points and he was named to the All-Tournament team. Zach Snow scored 11.
Summers was joined on the All-Tourney Team by teammates Nathaniel Baker and Nate Werner. Others chosen were Joshua Paul and Isaac McClure of the Wichita Warriors, Tyler Weems and Koby Ingalsbe of Ell-Saline, Kaden Campbell of the Derby Invasion and Jake Whitting of St. John’s Military.
The Wichita Warriors defeated Ell-Saline for third place, 57-38.