Boys Varsity Basketball splits games in season-opening tournament

Canton 65, Watertown 58

Canton faced off against a solid Watertown team on Friday night. The Bears took home the win and jumped to an undefeated start on the season. Coming from behind after being down more than 10 points in the game is a testament to how much this team wants to win.

Canton drove to Watertown on Friday night in hopes of getting off to a hot start and that’s just what they did. Although they came out of it with a win, Canton struggled in the first quarter of play, getting themselves in a hole to start the second. Behind great efforts from key players such as Luke Wentworth and Ryan Jones running the backcourt Canton was able to battle back within one point before the end of the half.

As the third quarter started Canton did not let off the gas, fighting hard to gain their first win of the season. The Bears outscored the Cyclones 16-9 in the third quarter and held a small lead heading into the fourth. Behind a 13-point effort from Bears starting center Ayomi Odetoyinbo in the fourth including multiple dunks sparking the energy of the bench the Bears were able to secure the win.

Canton 28, Central Square 56

The Bears woke up on an early Saturday morning to travel to Watertown for the second straight day and their final game of the tournament against Central Square. Canton struggled throughout the game which led to a loss and dropped the Bears’ overall record to 1-1.

Canton struggled in the first quarter and got into a deficit that just proved to be too much for the Bears to crawl back out of. Canton was outscored 22-9 in the first quarter. Turnovers seemed to be fatal for the Bears in this game, Canton had 19 compared to Central Square’s 14.

Not much changed for the Bears in the third and fourth quarters as they kept slipping deeper and deeper into a deficit. And finally, as the buzzer sounded and Central Square rejoiced the Bears fell to one-and-one on the season.

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