CANTON, Jan. 4 — The Canton High boys basketball team enters the new year with a 2-2 record after two tough losses to quicker teams from Avon and Bloomfield.
The Warriors were able to compete with Avon in the first quarter of a 66-55 loss to the Falcons. They were blown out of their own gym by a much more athletic Bloomfield squad, 86-50. The Warhawks, who played in the Class M final a year ago, entertained the Canton crowd with several slam dunks in the first half.
“We’re not going to play anyone that is as athletic as they are again,” Canton coach Eric Deegan said. “They took us out of a lot of offensive plays. We have to learn that making that first or second pass is the key to getting us going. We weren’t able to do that in the first half and things broke down.”
Bloomfield led 30-9 after one quarter and 49-25 at halftime. An injury to guard Nick Quattro didn’t help but wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Andrew Crowley led the Warriors with 22 points while Connor Smyth added 13.
Deegan was pleased with Smyth’s inside play. “Tonight he showed the kind of fight that he has in him,” Deegan said. “He will have to dominate at times for us to be successful.”