Cardinals fly past Beavers, 79-60

CALCUTTA -The ground was too much for the Beavers to cover.

The Canfield boys’ basketball team raced out to a 25-point halftime lead en route to a 79-60 victory over AAC rival Beaver Local Friday night at the Beaver Dome.

With the loss, the Beavers drop to 9-5 on the season.

“Canfield showed why they are on top of the conference,” Beaver Local head coach Jake Walgate said. “They are real tough.

“It was a close ballgame. They jumped out to the lead in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, we cut it down to four points. Then, we had some struggles, and they were able to take advantage.

“In the second half, the kids battled back. We cut down to 11 at one point. Then, we still had to sacrifice some things, and they were able to get the lead back up.”

Three players scored in double digits to lead the way for the Cardinals.

Cole Pryjma produced a game-high 19 points to lead the way, while Andrew Midgley delivered 14 points and Mike Yourstowsky collected 10 points. Pryjma did most of his damage from the free-throw line as the senior scored 13 of his 19 points from the charity stripe.

Two players scored in double digits for the Beavers.

Senior sharpshooter Troy Hudson netted a team-high 18 points, while Jared Lyder recorded 15.

Also for Beaver Local, Chase Hilliard and Brandon Fetty each delivered nine points, Ethan Campbell and Zack Mick each contributed three points and Josh Underwood added two points. Finally, Matt Chamberlain chipped in with one point.

“We knew what to expect,” Walgate said. “We were ready. They like to pressure you. They get after you. They get in your face.

‘They are so quick. They like to have that quick-outlet pass to midcourt. I thought we could have gotten a few more charges. We are going to have to bounce back tomorrow night.

“We knew they wanted to get out and run, and we wanted to get back.

“It is no time to sit around. We knew what we need to do. We just have to come out and do it.”

The Cardinals took the lead early in the game, and Canfield led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Cardinals broke the game open in the second stanza as the visitors outscored the hosts, 27-9, in the frame to take a 46-21 lead at halftime.

Though the Beavers were down big at the break, they refused to go away quietly into the night. Beaver Local responded in a big way in the third quarter as the Beavers outscored the Cardinals, 22-9, in the quarter to pull within 55-43 entering the fourth.

Beaver Local closed the gap early in the fourth quarter, but Canfield was able to respond as the Cardinals righted the ship as pulled away for the victory.

The Cardinals won the JV game, 56-23.

Mason Mangapora netted a game-high 17 points to lead the way for Canfield. Conner Hall tallied six points to lead the way for the Beavers.

Beaver Local will not have to dwell on the loss for long as the Beavers are scheduled to return to the court in less than 24 hours. Beaver Local is scheduled to play tonight at Columbiana County rival East Palestine.

Walgate said he expects the Bulldogs to come out ready to play tonight.

“He (East Palestine head coach Tom Bingham) does a great job with them,” he said. “We know they are going to play hard. They play a tough style. They can rebounded the ball. They have some good shooters. We are going to have to be ready. It is not time to pout. If we do, we will take another one tomorrow night.”