GOESSEL — The No. 6-ranked boys basketball team in Class 1A needed a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to put away Canton-Galva 40-26 on Monday in the Bluebird Classic.
Central Christian was tested throughout the night by the gritty Eagles.
Canton-Galva played strong defense all night, but struggled on the offensive end. Central Christian led 22-16 at the half, but C-G was down just 4 going into the final period. The Cougars ended the game on an 8-0 run.
Hunter Pearson led the Eagles with 9 points, while Dylan Wood had a nice rebounding game with 11.
C-G coach Shane Duncan was ecstatic with the job his team did on Cougar star Nate Heneha. The smooth standout, who had 32 points for Central on Friday and averaged 23 last year, was held to 11 by C-G’s box-and-1.
“We executed our offense and sets extremely well, but could absolutely not hit an open shot and we got plenty of them,” Duncan said. “We’re an inexperienced team with their first close game down the stretch. You could tell we tightened up a bit in the fourth quarter. Dylan Wood had a really nice game for us. This is his first year of high school basketball. He did a great job on Heneha and did a great job on the glass.”
• CENTRAL CHRISTIAN GIRLS 37, CANTON-GALVA 33 — The Eagles were in position for their second straight win, but the Cougars outscored them 14-6 in the final quarter.
C-G led 18-15 at the half and still was up 4 going into the fourth quarter.
Kelli Nightingale led C-G with 15 points and Emma Ruddle added 11.