Canton South won the first three quarters of play and hung on for a 50-43 win over Minerva.
The Wildcats led 14-10 after the opening eight minutes of play, 26-19 at halftime, and 40-28 entering the fourth quarter.
Connor Shingleton led the Lions with 15 points and six assists; Brandon Davis had 13 points and six rebounds; Brayden Costea had nine points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists; Jayden Yerger had six points and four assists; and Erik Murray grabbed four rebounds.
“After a two-week layoff and three postponed games, it was nice to get back to playing,” stated Head Coach Shawn Green. “It is always a good and competitive game with Canton South and tonight was no different. They return a lot of talent off of their EBC champion team from last year, they are well coached, and have a good blend of size, athleticism, and skill.
“Brandon was huge on the offensive end. He had two offensive rebound put backs and a steal/layup. We always talk about how many ways you can score or impact a game and we see Brandon starting to do some more of those things to help our team.
“Connor had another good night. Being 6'1, athletic, and long gives opposing guards some problems. He has been getting to the rim off the dribble, starting to post up more, and has become a real problem for opposing defenses.
“Brayden was Mr. All-Around. His shot wasn’t falling the way it has for most of this season, but he managed to tally five steals, four rebounds and three assists, all while holding Canton South star Brady Noll to 3-for-10 shooting for only eight points.
“We trailed by 14, but cut that lead all the way down to five with a few minutes to go. We will need that fight as we have 16 games to play in the next 44 days. The next three will be the most challenging we will face. Marlington is 7-1, West Branch is 7-0, and Malvern is 8-0.”
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