CANTON, Jan. 19 – On one of the first truly, cold evenings of winter, the Canton High basketball teams gave their fans plenty to keep them warm in games against East Windsor with a pair of thrilling victories.
In Canton, the boys basketball team was hosting undefeated East Windsor, which won its first six games. In East Windsor, the Panthers (5-5, 5-3) were hoping to upset Canton.
The Canton boys rallied to beat East Windsor with six points in the final minute to lead the Warriors to a 61-58 NCCC victory and their seventh straight victory. Trailing by three, 58-55, Jake Schaetzel cut the lead to one by tipping the ball into the basket.
Cameron Lange got a steal and drove to the basket with a layup to give Canton a 59-58 lead. East Windsor had another opportunity but stellar defense denied the Panthers. Two free throws from Schaetzel made the final score, 61-58.
Canton led by seven after one quarter but the Panthers rallied to take a one-point lead at halftime, 29-28 and extended that lead to eight points, 49-41 after three quarters.
Lange led the Warriors with 16 points while Schaetzel and Brown had 12 points each. Brown drained four three-point goals. Tristian Givens had a career-high 30 points for East Windsor.
It doesn’t get any easier for Canton on Friday night when the Warriors (7-1, 5-1 NCCC) travel to Suffield to take on the Wildcats. SMSA (9-0, 7-0 NCCC) handed Suffield (8-1, 6-1 NCCC) its first loss of the season on Tuesday night, 70-48 as the red-hot Tigers scored 49 points in the first half.
In East Windsor, the Canton girls had to rally from a five-point deficit in the final 1:30 to earn the win. “It was about survive and advance,” Canton coach Brian Medeiros said in reference to the upcoming state tournament where one loss ends your season.
Trailing 42-37 with 1:30 remaining, Emily Briggs drained a three-point goal to cut the lead to two. Maggie Treacy tied the game with 24 seconds remaining off an inbounds play. East Windsor tried to score quickly but they made an errant pass.
Canton moved the ball up the floor quickly and Treacy was fouled with 4.1 seconds remaining. She calmly hit both free throws to secure the 44-42 victory. Treacy, who had 11 points, sank three of four foul shots in the game.
“In the final two minutes, we forced numerous turnovers and that was led by the constant pressure from Emma Charron and Abbe Skinner,” Medeiros said. “Abbe had a huge offensive rebound with under 30 seconds to go to set up the inbounds play that tied the game.”
Briggs led the Warriors (9-3, 8-1 NCCC) with a game-high 24 points. Skinner pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
“We definitely didn’t play our best tonight,” Medeiros said. “East Windsor had a lot to do with that. They made us work for everything. It’s a good sign of a team when you go away, don’t bring your ‘A’ game and find a way down the stretch to persevere none the less.” East Windsor (5-6, 5-4 NCCC) was led by Loren D’Agostino with a team-high 19 points.
Canton 61, East Windsor 58
East Windsor (58): Nick Aprea 2-0-4, Tristian Givens 10-8-30, A.J. Ouimet 4-1-9, Johan Gil-Guerrero 3-0-7, Tyrell Hudson 2-0-4, Dejoir Farley 0-0-0, Marcus Goss 2-0-4. Chris Patenaude 0-0-0, Jose Mercardo 0-0-0. Totals 23-9
Canton (61): Luke Brown 4-0-12, Jake Schaetzel 5-2-12, Azon Click 2-1-6, Ethan Burke 3-1-8, Cameron Lange 7-0-16, Cam Neely 0-1-1, Adam Eytan 1-0-2, Ryan Enns 1-2-4. Totals 23-7
East Windsor (6-1) 14 15 20 9 – 58
Canton (7-1) 21 7 13 20 – 61
Three point goals: Givens (E) 2, Gil-Guerrero (E), Brown (C) 4, Click (C), Burke (C), Lange (C) 2
Canton 44, East Windsor 42
At East Windsor
Canton (44) Emily Briggs 9 4-6 24, Maggie Treacy 3 3-4 11, Emma Charron 1 2-2 4, Abbé Skinner 1-0-2, Leah Eschenbrenner 0-0-0, Carly Atkinson 1-0-2, Amanda Gottlieb 0-0-0, Sarah Bowman 0 1-2 1, Belle Magna 0-0-0, Lauren Puglielli 0-0-0, Morgan Walzak 0-0-0. Totals 15 10-14 44
East Windsor (42) Jessica Saponare 3-0-9, Stephanie Rodrigue 2-1-5, Gabby Fiaschetti 2-1-5, Loren D’Agostino 7-5-19, Sarah Fisher 2-0-4. Totals 16-7
Canton (9-3) 7 12 12 13 — 44
East Windsor (5-6) 7 12 11 12 — 42
Three-point goals: Briggs (C) 2, Treacy (C) 2; Saponare (E) 3