GOESSEL — If there’s an All-State 3-point shooting team this season, Canton-Galva’s Nick Bray could be on the first team.
The Eagle senior missed his first two attempts Monday night against Elyria Christian School in the Goessel Bluebird Classic.
But he hit his final seven attempts of the first half and added two more in the second half for good measure to end up 9 of 11. His nine treys keyed a 28-point performance to lead the Eagles to a 57-40 victory.
“A few were from beyond NBA range,” an admiring C-G coach Shane Duncan said as his team improved to 2-0.
Bray’s 21 first-half points equaled what Elyria scored.
“Elyria played with a lot more energy and effort in the first quarter than we did,” Duncan said. “We were fortunate that Nick was able to catch fire with the 3-ball, because that's the only thing we were doing well the first 10 minutes of the game. Other players were struggling with their shot, so they were smart enough to find the guy who was on a roll. I felt we picked up the intensity in the second quarter, which kick-started our transition game, which led to us getting some breathing room.”
Tanner Klingensmith pulled down 12 rebounds and Connor Farnham dished off for five assists for C-G.
Matthew Gemmer’s 12 points led Elyria, which is right back in action tonight here against Little River, with game times 4 and 5:30 p.m. C-G plays Little River on Friday.
• Elyria girls 47, Canton-Galva 30 — What a difference a few days makes.
Elyria lost to Canton-Galva 34-28 on Friday, but it turned the tables on Monday with a 16-4 second quarter deciding the outcome.
Moriah Redenbaugh scored 14 points for Elyria and Anna Adamyk added 12. Elyria shot it well, making 18 of 36, including 16 of 28 from inside the arc.
“I was very pleased with our shooting percentage tonight,” ECS coach Greg Fields said. “We still missed a lot of shots that we shouldn't, but 50 percent is outstanding for us. Moriah Redenbaugh really stepped up on the offensive side tonight. She is typically our defensive specialist, but she put herself in the right position tonight to make some shots around the basket. It definitely took a more balanced offensive night for us to get a win over a solid Canton-Galva team.”
Cassidy Enns led C-G with nine points.
Elyria is favored to make it two in a row tonight when it plays Little River, while C-G plays that same team on Friday. The tourney wraps up on Saturday.