Boys basketball: Canby's offensive versatility on display in Bay Area
The Cougars have a different leading scorer in each of their three games at a tournament in San Francisco.
The Canby boys basketball team posed for photos near the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, visited Stanford University, watched the San Jose Sharks hockey team defeat the Anaheim Ducks and frolicked around the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Vallejo.
And, yes, the Cougars played a little basketball, too.
As part of their winter-break trip to the Bay Area, they won one of their three games to finish in fourth place Dec. 28 at the Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco.
Canby (4-3) was the only team from Oregon participating in the eight-team tournament. It returns home with the No. 18 ranking in Class 6A.
The Cougars had a different leading scorer in each of their three games in San Francisco, evidence of their versatility and willingness to share the ball.
They began competition with a 64-49 win over Oakland-Skyline (Calif.), the alma mater of former NBA star Gary Payton.
Senior forward Jordan Sanders scored a game-high 14 points, while sophomore guard Austin Evans added 12 and junior guard Jace Cates chipped in 11. Senior guard Trey Bellmore had nine and junior guard Josh Payne contributed eight.
Nine different CHS players scored in the game Dec. 26.
Canby led 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and remained in command in the rest of the way, extending its advantage to 36-18 by halftime and 55-32 at the end of the third quarter.
It held an opponent below the 50-point mark for the second time this season.
The first-round victory over Skyline (5-6) vaulted the Cougars into the Dec. 27 semifinals against host St. Ignatius, which did to them what they did to Skyline.
Canby was outscored 19-7 in the first quarter and was never able to recover in a 63-46 setback, their deficit ballooning to 30-14 at the break and 51-28 entering the final period.
Evans had 14 points to lead the Cougars, but Cates was the only other player in double figures with 10 as they finished with a season low in offensive production. Austin Taylor and Sanders chipped in seven and six, respectively.
Julian Marcu paced St. Ignatius (5-1) with 17 points.
The loss set up a meeting between Canby and Burlingame (Calif.) in the third-place game.
Trailing 57-51 at the end of the third quarter, the Cougars narrowed the gap in the final frame but were unable to come out on top in a heartbreaking 71-69 loss.
The result spoiled a standout performance by Cates, who poured in a game-high 32 points in a battle against Burlingame star and University of San Francisco recruit Frankie Ferrari (27 points). Cates averaged 4.92 points per game last year.
The Cougars will return to action with back-to-back road games against Salem-McKay (7 p.m. Jan. 3) and South Eugene (6 p.m. Jan. 4). Their next home game is slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 7 against Milwaukie.
AT A GLANCE
Canby 64, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline 49
Dec. 26 at St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco)
1 2 3 4 F
Skyline 6 12 14 17 49
Canby 19 17 19 10 64
Skyline (49): Marquis Agee 8, Isaiah Wallace 8, Bilal Coleman 6, Golden Ventners 6, Kendall Segers 5, James Lovely 4, Deshaunte Woods 4, Josh Torres 4, Marcellus Esezobar 2, Johnson 2.
Canby (64): Jordan Sanders 14, Austin Evans 12, Jace Cates 11, Trey Bellmore 9, Josh Payne 8, Austin Taylor 4, Mason Craft 3, Tony Kraus 2, Nick Huggins 2.
AT A GLANCE
St. Ignatius 63, Canby 46
Dec. 27 at St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco)
1 2 3 4 F
Canby 7 7 14 18 46
St. Ignatius 19 11 21 12 63
Canby (46): Austin Evans 14, Jace Cates 10, Austin Taylor 7, Jordan Sanders 6, Trey Bellmore 4, Nick Huggins 4, A.J. Schlatter 1.
St. Ignatius (63): Julian Marcu 17, Trevor Dunbar 10, Troy Rike 9, Jaren Yang 8, Nicholas Aronce-Camp 5, Jeff Mullen 5, Arash Poorsina 4, Tristan Wentworth 3, Derek Austin 2.
AT A GLANCE
Burlingame 71, Canbyb 69
Dec. 28 at St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco)
1 2 3 4 F
Burlingame 26 14 17 14 71
Canby 23 21 7 18 69
Canby (69): Jace Cates 32, Austin Evans 10, Trey Bellmore 7, Tony Kraus 6, Austin Taylor 4, Jordan Sanders 4, Josh Payne 3, A.J. Schlatter 2, Nick Huggins 1.
Burlingame (71): Frankie Ferrari 27, Nick Loew 16, Kevin Abuyaghi 14, Justin Gutang 6, Jack Larratt 4, Evan Struck 2, Bassel Mufarreh 2.