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Third quarter surge carries undefeated Canton past Coventry to fourth win

Canton’s Mitchell Cormier drives to the basket in Wednesday night’s win over Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

COVENTRY, Jan. 3 – Senior guard Luke Brown had 11 points in a decisive 23-6 third quarter run by the Canton High boys basketball team won their fourth game of the season with a 57-33 victory over Coventry Wednesday night in North Central Connecticut Conference action.

The game was tied at 23-23 after Coventry’s Chris Prior, who had a team-high 14 points, scored with 6:22 left in the quarter. But Canton went on a 23-6 surge, fueled by Brown with 11 of his 13 points.

Canton (4-0, 2-0 NCCC) scored 14 unanswered points to take command. Brown had six points in the 14-0 run with four foul shots and a jumper while Tim Keating had four points and Ryan Enns and Mitch Cormier had two points each as the Warriors raced out to a 37-23 lead.

Canton guard Luke Brown scored 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter to lead the Warriors to win over Patriots Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Three-point goals from Coventry’s Ben Liptrap and Ryan Lawrence cut the lead to 11 points with 1:26 left in the third quarter but the Warriors closed out the quarter with six points in the final 1:09 from Keating, Brown and Enns as the lead swelled to 17 points.

Enns led the way for Canton with 15 points while Brown had 13. Cormier finished with 10 points. Jack Rose and Tim Keating had six points each. It was the eighth straight win for the Warriors over Coventry, dating back to the 2014 campaign. 

The next game for the defending league champions is Monday, January 8, when the Warriors host Granby (1-2, 0-1 NCCC) at 7 p.m. at the high school. A game previously scheduled for Saturday, January 6 at Granby has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m.

Jack Rose (55) gets a jumper into the air in Wednesday’s win over Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton 57, Coventry 33
At Coventry
Canton (57) Ryan Enns 6 3 15, Luke Brown 3 6 13, Mitchell Cormier 5 0 10, Jack Rose 2 1 6, Tim Keating 3 0 6, Thomas Amrose 1 0 3, Grant Lange 1 1 3, Matthew Rose 0 1 1, Chris Tenczar 0 0 0, Jack Mansur 0 0 0 Totals 21 12 57
Coventry (33) Chris Prior 5 2 14, Ryan Lawrence 1 3 6, JP Roy 1 0 2, DJ Fleming 1 0 3, Ben Liptrap 1 0 3, Jordan Jeroszko 1 1 3, Mike Sisk 1 0 2. Totals 11 6 33
Canton (4-0)                           5  14  27  11  — 57
Coventry (1-3)                       10   6  13    4  — 33
Three-point goals: Brown (Can), Rose (Can), Amrose (Can), Prior (Cov), Lawrence (Cov), Fleming (Cov), Liptrap (Cov)

Bill Brewster contributed to this report.

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.

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