BY BARRY WONG
After Tuesday night’s game against Valley, both Canyon Springs head coach Freddie Banks and junior guard Jordan Davis made a surprising, but candid admission: the Pioneers played a little selfish early on.
“I told them (starters) in the locker room, that sometimes adversity is when you all are not playing well, my next alternative is to sit you down for a minute and let you think about what you’re doing wrong,” Banks said.
Those wrongs contributed to a 17-4 deficit to open the game for Canyon Springs. But Banks got his message across with the benching of his starters and the Pioneers rebounded to outscore the Vikings 70-50 the rest of the way to pull out a 74-67 victory.
“When we play team basketball, we can win state,” Davis said.
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The younger of the Davis brothers led the way with 22 points, many late in the game on aggressive and acrobatic drives to the basket. In fact, most of the Pioneers baskets in the fourth were on drives or drives with a pass for a layup. Trailing 53-52 going into the fourth quarter, Canyon Springs outscored Valley 22-14 in the final frame.
Shaquile Carr , who gave a verbal commitment to UTEP last week, had 17 points and Chris Nelson added 11 for Canyon Springs. Valley’s Cam Burton finished with a game-high 24 while Shea Garland added 14.
With the win, Canyon Springs claimed sole possession of first place in the Northeast League and is the only undefeated team at 5-0. The Pioneers will travel to Rancho on Friday while Valley hopes to rebound on the road at Silverado.