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With pair of wins, Canton extends winning streak to nine straight games

Canton’s Grant Lange (30) had a combined 21 points in back-to-back victories by the Warriors on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

GRANBY, January 31 – Luke Brown had 15 points while Matthew Rose and Ryan Enns added nine points each as the Canton High boys basketball team continued on their march toward possibly a second straight North Central Connecticut Conference title with a 50-43 victory over Granby on Wednesday night.

It was the ninth straight win for the Warriors and the second victory in two nights. Canton (13-1, 11-1 NCCC) rolled over Windsor Locks, 62-37 on Tuesday night.

The victories keep Canton on the heels of Rockville (11-3, 10-0) in the race for the NCCC championship.

A strong defensive effort helped Canton race out to an early 11-5 lead over the Bears and a 23-13 lead at halftime. Brown hit a team-high three 3-point shots in the game.

Canton’s Thomas Amrose had six points in Tuesday night’s win over Windsor Locks at home. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

On Tuesday night, the Warriors had a 25-15 lead over Windsor Locks at halftime and led by 18 points after three quarters. Grant Lange led the way for Canton with 15 points while Enns added 10 points and Brown added nine.

Canton has won four of their last five games with the Raiders and four in a row over Granby.

The Warriors return to action on Friday when they host Somers at 7 p.m. at the high school and then Canton renews its long rivalry with Avon, visiting the Falcons on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.

Canton guard Luke Brown has scored a combined 24 point in the last two games for the Warriors. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

Canton 50, Granby 43
At Granby
Canton (50) Luke Brown 3 6 15, Jack Mansur 1 0 3, Ryan Enns 3 3 9, Grant Lange 2 2 6, Tim Keating 0 6 6, Matthew Rose 3 3 9, Mitchell Cormier 1 0 2. Totals 13 20 50
Granby (43) Jonathan Bystrowski 3 0 8, Kaleb Lillestolen 4 0 8, Daniel Pierce 3 0 9, Peyton Large 1 0 2, James Shelanksy 4 5 14, Parker Hansen 1 0 2. Totals 16 5 43
Canton (13-1)            11  12  13  14  — 50
Granby (8-4)               5    8  17  13  — 43|
Three-point goals: Brown (Ca) 3, Mansur (Ca), Brystrowski (G) 2, Pierce (G) 3, Shelansky (G)

Canton 62, Windsor Locks 37
At Canton
Windsor Locks (37): Kaheem Doe 1 0 2, Chavon George 7 4 18, Arki Thornton Jr. 3 1 9, Jared Dillard 0 2 2, Tyler Hinkley 0 1 1, Luke Holsey 2 0 4, Adam Haglund 0 1 1. Totals 13 9 37
Canton (62): Luke Brown 4 0 9, Thomas Amrose 2 0 6, Ryan Enns 5 0 10, Grant Lange 3 8 15, Tim Keating 1 1 4, Matthew Rose 3 1 7, Mitchell Cormier 3 0 6, Jack Rose 1 1 3, Jack Mansur 1 0 2. Totals 23 11 62
Windsor Locks (9-5)              7    9  11  10  – 37
Canton (12-1)                        14  11  19  18  — 62
Three-point goals: Thornton (WL) 2, Brown (Ca), Amrose (Ca) 2, Lange (Ca)

NCCC boys basketball NCCC Overall
Rockville 10-0 11-3
Canton 11-1 13-1
Hartford Classical 9-2 10-2
SMSA 9-2 10-4
Granby 7-3 8-4
Tuesday’s games
Canton 62, Windsor Locks 37
Classical 80, Granby 75
SMSA 76, Somers 66
Rockville 55, East Granby 42
Wednesday’s games
Canton 50, Granby 43
SMSA 65, HMTCA 62
Friday’s games
Somers at Canton, 7 p.m.
Rockville at Windsor Locks
SMSA at Ellington
Granby at HMTCA
East Granby at Classical
Saturday’s game
Canton at Avon, 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.

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