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Surging Warriors have six of last seven games

CANTON, Feb. 15 — With a pair of victories last week over Stafford and East Windsor, the Canton HIgh boys basketball team extended its winning streak to five straight. The Warriors (12-5, 10-3 NCCC) have won six of their last seven games.

Connor Smyth had a career-high 29 points in a dominating performance in a 78-67 win over Stafford. He sank 11 of 14 shots from the field, pulled down nine rebounds and had a game-high seven blocks.

Mike Setzler had eight points, a team-high 10 assists and 11 rebounds, all on the defensive end of the floor, while Andrew Crowley had 13 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds.

Canton will need other players to step forward in the coming weeks when opponents collapse on Crowley, who leads the team with 22.2 points a game.
Smyth had another stellar effort on Friday night with 21 points in Canton’s 69-59 victory over East Windsor. Crowley had 21 points and Setzler added 10 points.

The Warriors host East Windsor on Friday night in the regular season finale and Senior Night. They complete the regular season on Tuesday at Somers with the NCCC Tournament beginning the weekend of February 26-27.

BOYS BASKETBALL ALUMNI GAME ON FRIDAY: Over 25 players that played Canton basketball from 1973-88 under coach Bill Mudano will meet on Friday night to play in an alumni game at the high school at 6:15 p.m.

The 20-minute game will be held between the junior varsity and varsity game between Canton and East Windsor. Mudano will attend and coach one of the teams. Among those expected to attend are former All-State players Roger Coutu, Steve Whirty, Bill Mudano, Jr. and Brennan Glasgow.

In his 15-year tenure at Canton, Mudano’s teams played in two Class S championship games, winning in 1978 and losing in 1981. The Warriors won three Northwest Conference Division II championships and three CIAC Class S regional titles. Mudano’s teams won a school-record 173 games.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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