Canyon View showed on Wednesday that when the offense finds its rhythm it’s going to be a long night for the opposition.
The Falcons dropped 14 3-point shots against Millard on the final day of the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic and came away with a 77-55 victory.
Spencer Jensen had a game-high 18 points, including four shots from long range to help Canyon View finish the tournament with a 2-1 record while pushing its overall record to 8-6.
“We shot the ball well, today,” Jensen said. “Our offense was hot, we shared the ball a lot better than we have in the past which leads to easy shots.”
The Falcons also got 31 points off the bench, including 13 from Cadyn Clark, who stepped up from the Junior Varsity squad and made his presence known, adding four treys of his own.
“Clark doesn’t get to see a lot of varsity time, but he can really shoot it,” head coach Robbie Potter said. “So it’s fun for him to come off and be the finisher of some nice passes and knock down some big shots.”
Canyon View starter Brantzen Blackner lauded Clark and the rest of the second team for its versatility and reliability.
“It’s a pretty amazing thing to know the guys we have sitting there can come off (the bench) and give us anything we need at any moment,” said Blackner, who matched Clark’s output with 13 points.
It was a big night all around as nine Falcons got on the board, none scoring fewer than four points.
The Eagles put up a fight early on, taking a 9-6 lead in the opening minutes behind 3-pointers from Garrison Beckstrand and Sebastian Garcia.
But Canyon View had an answer and outscored Millard 11-6 over the rest of the frame, taking the lead and never looking back.
“We just tried to get a lot of easy buckets, a lot of fast break points and defensive stops,” Blackner said. “A big thing for us is trying to get our defense to translate into offense.”
It translated perfectly as Canyon View began to make key stops and the offense took off.
A 20-12 run in the second quarter in which six different players put points on the board gave the Falcons a 37-26 lead and all the momentum heading into the break.
They put up 29 more in the third quarter as Jensen, Blackner, Clark and Cord Johnson combined for six three-pointers and the rout was on well before the final period started.
Canyon View led by as many as 24 at 77-53 just before the game’s conclusion and left the Nest victorious to await next Friday’s rematch with Cedar.
The Falcons beat the Redmen 49-40 on Dec. 18 at Cedar and they believe they have what it takes to do it again.
“(Cedar’s) coming hungry, but we’re not going to let it happen,” Blackner said.
Added Jensen, “We’re motivated. It’s great to play our rivals even if it’s not a region game. We’re looking forward to it.”