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Busy week ahead for Canton boys, who seek to snap two-game losing streak

Canton's Rieley Hoffman (3) and the Warriors have three games this week beginning Tuesday. Canton hosts East Granby Wednesday night at home.

Canton’s Rieley Hoffman (3) and the Warriors have three games this week beginning Tuesday. Canton hosts East Granby Wednesday night at home.

CANTON, Feb. 2 – After winning eight of nine games to earn a berth in the CIAC Class S tournament for the third straight year, the Canton High boys basketball team has lost consecutive games. The Warriors (8-4, 6-4 NCCC) look to get back on the winning track with three games this week.

Canton travels to Stafford (5-7, 4-6 NCCC) on Tuesday, hosts East Granby (3-9, 3-9) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and concludes action this week with a road game at Enfield (7-6, 5-6 NCCC) on Friday night.

It’s been a challenging two weeks for the Warriors. A 42-37 loss to Suffield on Friday, Jan. 23 snapped a four-game losing streak. And the Warriors let a potential victory slip away in a 53-52 loss to Granby (8-3, 8-1 NCCC) a week later on Friday.

It’s never easy against Granby. Canton led the Bears by five at halftime, 30-25 and by three after three quarters, 38-33. In the fourth quarter, Canton led by six points with 2:40 remaining in the game, 44-38. But the Bears wouldn’t quit.

David Eke drained a three-pointer to trim the Canton lead to three points. But Canton still led by four, 48-44 with 1:08 remaining. Granby freshman Jaiden Delaine hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds remaining to cut the Warrior lead to one, 48-47.

Canton extended the lead again to four but Delaine hit another three-point shot to once again cut the lead to one, 52-51. Granby’s Connor Field stole the ball and was fouled with 12 seconds remaining. He hit both foul shots to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 53-52. Canton missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.

Eke led all scorers with 20 points including four three-point shots. Delaire had eight points and his two huge three-point shots. The Bears drained eight three-point shots in the game. Ben Eke had 15 points and two treys.

For Canton, Cameron Lange had 16 points and two three-point shots while Cam Daley chipped in with 13. Ben Sullivan had eight, including a pair of three-point shots.

Against Suffield, the Warriors led by two after three quarters but Suffield outscored Canton in the final eight minutes, 16-9 to earn the win. Lange again led the Warriors with 16 points while Daley scored 10. Sam Flynn led Suffield with 19 points.

NOTE: The home game against Ellington on Jan. 27 that was postponed due to snow will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Canton beginning at 7 p.m.

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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