Any good performance starts fast and ends with a bang. That same formula also led Canyon View to a win on Tuesday.
Using a blistering start and a clutch finish, the Falcons were able to dispatch Spanish Fork, 57-43, on the second day of the Steve Hodson Classic.
Canyon View couldn’t have had a more dominant start. The Falcons scored the game’s first 11 points, they only allowed two points in the entire opening period and when Cord Johnson nailed a 35-foot 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer it gave Canyon View a 19-point advantage.
Game over, right? Not quite.
“Spanish Fork is a good team. They weren’t going to roll over,” Canyon View head coach Robbie Potter said.
The Dons didn’t make any crazy runs, they just slowly chipped away at the Falcon lead over the course of the next two-plus quarters. Spanish Fork held Canyon View to just 8 points in the second quarter to cut the lead to 29-17 at the half, and continued the comeback attempt all the way to the fourth quarter when the Dons cut the lead to five with six minutes remaining.
“We just got a little tentative, we weren’t playing our style,” Potter said.
The Dons had all the momentum and more than enough time to get the win. That’s when LorenZo Camba seemingly saved the game for the hosts.
“We are up 19, shots are falling, we’re all going crazy and next thing you know we are up five,” Camba said. “Then we had to come back together and get our focus back.”
Camba’s statline on Tuesday won’t stand out, he finished with just six points on the night, but without some late heroics when the Falcons needed them the most, the tournament host may have suffered an embarrassing collapse.
After the Dons had cut the lead to five, Camba rose up and drilled a straightaway three pointer to give the Falcons a 43-35 lead. That shot gave Canyon View some breathing, but, more importantly, seemed to settle everyone down.
The Falcons defense got stops and on the next two Falcon possessions, Johnson and Brantzen Blackner hit their own 3-point daggers and suddenly any hope of a Spanish Fork comeback was distinguished. Blackner led Canyon View with 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the contest.
Camba’s shooting was also on display following the game, when he made the finals of the tournament’s three-point shootout by making eight shots.
The win was a nice rebound for the Falcons, whom lost to Skyline 70-52 on Monday, in a game that they didn’t feel they showed their best hand.
“Everyone on our team realized that last night we didn’t play the kind of basketball we are capable of playing,” Potter said. “We talked about before we left the locker room that we got to let everything go. We are still trying to ride the high of the Cedar win. I told the guys, ‘The Cedar win is nice, but it doesn’t get us to where we want to be. We just got to move on past that.’
“The great thing about the kids is they challenge themselves more than I could ever challenge them, and they weren’t happy with last night, so they said, ‘Hey, we gotta fix that.’”
The Falcons will close out the classic against Millard on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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