Canton 67, Parishville-Hopkinton 34

The Bears faced off against the Panthers on Dec. 27 in the Semi-Finals of the Burkman Classic, looking to advance to the finals with a win. And they did just that, beating Parishville-Hopkinton 67-34 in dominant fashion.

Junior Point Guard Ryan Jones carries the ball up the court against Gouverneur in the final of the Burkman Classic tournament in Canton on Dec. 28. (Photo courtesy of Jay Berkman)

It was an all-around effort from the Bears on Tuesday night, with multiple players showcasing their ability to score with ease as well. Pepsi Player of the game Elias Snyder came off the bench and dropped a game-high 14 points for the Bears and led them to a win. Canton’s defense proved dominant in this game, turning over the Panthers countless times and turning that stellar defense into even better offense. Junior Point Guard Ryan Jones was asked how the team is going to build off of this win.

“The guys played pretty well in the game, they hope to keep the momentum rolling with key games in the coming weeks,” Jones said.

Canton 55, Gouverneur 49

Canton got revenge on Wednesday night and evened the season series to 1-1 with one in-season game left to play. The Bears capped off a great tournament the right way with a very exciting and intense win over the Wildcats, with a final score of 55-49.

The Bears proved that they were one of the most dominant teams in Section X, knocking off an undefeated Gouverneur team and sending them home with a loss. Senior Guard Luke Wentworth was solid on both ends of the court, slashing his way to the bucket and locking down key offensive players for the Wildcats. Junior Center Ayomi Odetoyimbo used his size and lankiness to get to the basket and was hit with great passes from all the Bears to finish hard at the rims with multiple dunks.

Canton rejoiced as the buzzer sounded as they were Burkman Classic Champions and then got back to work quickly as they have a big game against the Heuvelton Bulldogs Tuesday.

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