Canyon ready to defend first place against Burroughs

first_img The second half of league play begins this week, and a Canyon victory over Burroughs (17-4 overall, 3-2 Foothill), ranked No. by 13 the Daily News, would drop the Indians two games back in the league race and push the Cowboys (14-7, 4-1), ranked No. 12, closer to a league title. Games against Saugus and Burbank, a combined 3-7 in league play, loom next week for Canyon, followed by games at No. 12 Valencia and Hart to close out the season. “It’s now or never for us,” Phillips said. Go-to guy: Teddy Goetz is a huge reason for Valencia’s success. The 6-foot-5 senior is averaging a league-best 15.7 points per game and is No. 2 in rebounds (8.4 per game), behind Canyon’s Kris Rincon. “He’s our leader, our captain,” Valencia coach Robert “Rocket” Collins said. “Without him, we’re the same place as everyone one else is without their star. Obviously, he’s important. Revenge-minded Burroughs High of Burbank figures to be ready for its Foothill League showdown at Canyon, which beat the Indians by 10 points in the first meeting this year. The Cowboys are treating Friday’s game like it’s just another one on their schedule, no more important than any of the other three remaining in the regular season. The opponent doesn’t matter to Canyon. It could be second-place Burroughs, last-place Hart or Valencia, with which the Cowboys share the top spot in the Foothill League. All pose a threat. “Burroughs is going to be fired up, but really, every game is a must-win from here on out,” Canyon coach Chad Phillips said. “Things are only going to get tougher.” “More often than not, he’s our No. 1 option. When he plays well, we play well.” The Vikings (17-4, 4-1) have won eight of their past nine games and resume league play Friday against visiting Saugus. New outlook? Saugus (6-15, 1-4) might have finally turned things around, winning twoof its three games last week – 56-54 Wednesday over Hart and 68-31 Saturday over Golden Valley. Valencia is up next, followed by Canyon and Hart, so the going gets tougher. The Centurions, who struggled in December and early January, started the season 4-14. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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