A new look for Cow­boys

Prep bas­ket­ball: New coach, trans­fer, de­but at tour­na­ment

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer See HOOPS, B2

Re­turn­ing to the helm of Canyon bas­ket­ball af­ter a two year hia­tus, for­mer Cow­boy head coach Sean DeLong is back on the side­lines show­cas­ing this year’s Canyon bas­ket­ball team in the War On the Floor tour­na­ment held at John Bur­roughs High School in Bur­bank on Wed­nes­day.

In their first game of the tour­na­ment, the Cow­boys faced off against Chavez High School. Com­ing out with a col­lec­tive team ag­gres­sion and en­ergy that couldn’t be matched, the Cow­boys came out vic­to­ri­ous with a 87-59 vic­tory to be­gin tour­na­ment play.

“We played hard and we are bat­tling but we still have a lot of fun­da­men­tal sound team bas­ket­ball to play,” DeLong said. “So that’s the big thing we are work­ing on is try­ing to play to­gether and try to make sure we un­der­stand that every­one has a role. Do the role the best you can and things will take care of them­selves.”

With a re­vamped lineup from last year’s team that fin­ished the Foothill League in last place, the Cow­boys lose last year’s lead­ing scorer Ju­nior Ca­ma­cho and wel­come An­gelo Har­ris, a trans­fer stu­dent from Will C. Wood High School in Sacramento.

“Every­body on the team is new to me,” Har­ris said. “We are all get­ting along well and we are just try­ing to work as a team still to get every­one on the

same page.”

Fin­ish­ing the game with a game-high 16 points, Har­ris gives the Cow­boys a new added depth and size down low that can han­dle the ball out on the perime­ter or score in the paint.

With point guard Brian John­ston, a call-up from ju­nior var­sity, run­ning the Cow­boy of­fense Canyon looked com­fort­able on the floor con­stantly cut­ting and mov­ing with­out the ball.

John­ston fin­ished the game with three 3-point­ers and up­wards of eight as­sists in the game.

“For me I add my speed and the abil­ity to pass the ball,” John­ston said. “I’m not just a sin­gle player, I like to move the ball a lot and it’s not just about one sin­gle per­son it’s about the team.” At half­time the Cow­boys led 42-29. In the sec­ond half, Har­ris was able to work more on the ball as DeLong al­lowed him to bring up the ball up and run the of­fense.

Ex­tend­ing the lead to 18 at with the score at 59-41 with un­der 10 min­utes to go, Har­ris took com­mand of the Cow­boy of­fense, find­ing play­ers on the wings to hit the open three or pre­oc­cu­py­ing de­fend­ers out on the perime­ter and drop­ping the ball off down low.

Play­ing and up-tempo, ag­gres­sive style, the Cow­boys were ac­tive on both sides of the ball as they never let Chavez com­fort­ably run their of­fense caus­ing dou­ble digit turnovers and men­tal mis­takes that would doom the Ea­gles.

“Just to not be one di­men­sional,” Delong said. “We have a lot of guys that can shoot and drib­ble. So the key is to not let the ball be­come stag­nant. Like any good team swing the ball, be ag­gres­sive, be ready to do your role and then de­fen­sively cre­ate turnovers, cre­ate charges and push the ball up the floor.”

With a new sea­son, new play­ers and a new head coach, the “new” look Cow­boy’s bas­ket­ball team is ready for a war on the floor.

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