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Fourth quarter surge helps Granby hand Canton first loss of the season

Canton’s Tim Keating puts up a shot despite pressure from Granby’s James Shelansky (23) and Parker Hansen (20) in Monday night’s NCCC contest. Granby handed league champion their first loss of the year. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

CANTON, January 8 – The Granby High boys basketball team outscored Canton, 14-6 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season Monday night, 55-47 in North Central Connecticut Conference play.

The game was tied at 41-41 before Granby went on their run to close out the game and earn their second win of the season. Strong offensive rebounding and several second chance opportunities helped the Bears (2-2, 1-1 NCCC) in the final minutes of the game.

“Granby played a really tough and hard fought game,” Canton coach Craig Archambault said. “Give credit to them and their coaching staff. They played with a lot of heart and energy. We gave up too many points in the paint and didn’t control the boards.”

Canton’s Chris Tenczar (4) controls the ball in Monday night’s loss to Granby. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

The Warriors (4-1, 2-1 NCCC) also struggled at the free throw line, sinking just nine of 17 shots while the Bears sank 13-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Tim Keating had a team-high 19 points for Canton while Ryan Enns scored 12. Keating drained three 3-point shots. Starting guard Luke Brown was plagued by foul trouble throughout the contest and finished with eight points. Granby was led by James Shelansky with 19 points while Jonathan Bystrowski chipped in with 10 points.

“I think this is a great wake-up call for our basketball team,” Archambault said. “We need to improve at handling adversity, offensive execution and shoot better from the foul line.”

Granby’s win over the Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak to Canton. The Bears have taken seven of the last 10 games between the two teams.

Granby’s Peyton Large (32) tries to block the shot of Canton’s Luke Brown in Monday’s NCCC game in Canton. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday night when they host Coventry (1-4, 0-3 NCCC) at 7 p.m. at the high school. It will be the second meeting between the two schools in a week. Canton beat the Patriots on the road last Wednesday, 57-33. Canton closes out the week on Friday night when they travel to Hartford to take on Sport Medicine Sciency Academy at 7 p.m.

Granby hosts Somers on Wednesday night.

Granby 55, Canton 47
At Canton
Granby (55) Jonathan Bystrowski 3-4-10, Kaleb Lillestolen 1-5-7, Daniel Pierce 2-0-4, Peyton Large 5-1-11, James Shelanksy 8-3-19, Rowan Heinze 2-0-4 Totals 21 13-18 55
Canton (47) Chris Tenczar 1-1-4, Luke Brown 4-0-8, Jack Mansur 0-3-3, Ryan Enns 6-0-12, Tim Keating 6-4-19, Mitchell Cormier 0-1-1. Totals 17 9-17 47
Granby (2-2)                            10  15  9  21 – 55
Canton (4-1)                             13  10  5  19 – 47
Three-point goals: Tenczar (C), Keating (C) 3

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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