Lancers rock rival Vikings
CANBY – In basketball, quick can make the difference.
The Canby boys’ basketball team took advantage of quick starts in both halves against Minneota to roll to a 78-52 win on Thursday night in Canby.
The Lancers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half of the Camden Conference matchup and started the second half on a 14-1 run.
“They started out a little slow and we had a good jump in both halves,” said Canby head coach Jon Hanson. “Basically that was the story of the ballgame.”
Zach Nuy started Canby (16-4 overall, 10-3 Camden) with four quick points, followed by a 3-point play from Michael Sisk, a 3-pointer from Michael Slaba and a pair of threes from Cole Brusven to put themselves up 17-0, forcing Minneota to call its second timeout of the half.
“We were trying to get into some kind of flow,” said Minneota head coach Dave Busselman. “We played too much above the three-point line early.”
Another basket from Slaba and a pair of free throws from Sisk and the Lancers were up 21-0 with 12 minutes, seven seconds left in the half.
“We shot the ball well tonight,” said Nuy. “Everyone played their part.”
Minneota (13-7, 7-6) got its first points at 11:49 when senior Grant Hennen converted a 3-point play, making it 21-3.
“We got off to a rough start,” Hennen said. “We have to shoot better also. It’s tough playing at the opponent’s home court.”
The Vikings started hitting shots, but the Lancers continued to match their offensive output.
Minneota got to within 15, 25-10, with 8:37 left on the clock when Austin Buysse hit a 3, but Canby would extend the lead to 25 when Brusven got a breakaway basket at 2:56, making it a 43-18 game.
Canby got the last point of the half when Slaba hit the front end of a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left in the half, giving the Lancers a 49-26 lead.
“We started fouling a little bit. With that kind of lead you want to run some stuff, run some time out, but they like to score, too,” Hanson said. “That’s kind of what happened at the end of both halves, we weren’t doing the stuff we should be.”
In the second half the Vikings struck first when Hennen hit the second of a pair of free throws, but Canby quickly went on a 15-0 run that ended with a pair of Hennen free throws at 12:41. The Lancers had their largest lead of the night before the made free throws, leading 63-27.
Minneota would cut the lead down under 30 several times and kept it there in the final five minutes, but Canby cruised to the 78-52 win.
“I thought we were attacking just a little better,” Busselman said. “The lack of their pressure maybe helped us more than we were doing.
“Defensively, we need to get better,” he added. “Offensively, we may need to slow it down a bit and take some possessions away from the other team.”
Both teams are down to their final four games, with the Vikings traveling to Edgerton on Monday and the Lancers on the road in Madison on Tuesday to face Lac qui Parle Valley.
“That was a big win for seedings,” Hanson said. “We have tough games coming up the next four.”