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Foothill gets in sync, routs Canyon

OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHEIM – It was one of those nights where just about every shot Foothill put up, fell in.

The Knights, ranked seventh in the county, started Tuesday's Century League game against Canyon in an offensive groove and they got even more comfortable as the game wore on. The Knights wound up beating the visiting Comanches, 98-67.

Foothill (16-2, 5-1) finished the game making 34 of its 56 field-goal attempts (60.7 percent).

JoJo Ballestero led Canyon (13-8, 4-2) with 17 points.

"We obviously shot it very well tonight," Foothill coach Rusty Van Cleave said. "I thought our ball movement was good, we had better rhythm. We were a little sharper tonight. The ball went inside, came back out, we set some ball screens. ...We have some good shooters, they were open."

Justin Davis led Foothill with 24 points, 15 coming in the first half.

"He's a guy who's going to put points on the board," Van Cleave said. "We know that, and we tried to run some stuff so he can get some shots early.

"I thought Josh Reed came off the bench and gave us a nice scoring spark. He was very assertive and did a nice job defensively. Kyle Lawson has been our rock."

A lot of players chipped in on offense for the Knights. Jacob Dean added 18, Lawson scored 15, Reed Nakakihara added 13, and Reed had 10.

"We wanted to control the tempo," Davis said. "They (Canyon) like to play fast, so we wanted to run our offense while still being able to get out in transition.

"We wanted to have a solid mindset with what we were doing, making sure that we're not getting out of control with the crowd and with their speed. We just played to our tempo and we set the pace."

Nine of the 12 Foothill players who stepped on the court scored. In all, the Knights hit 13 3-point field goals.

Foothill led, 19-16, at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Knights made 12 of 18 field goals and outscored Canyon 29-16 to blow the game open, taking a 48-32 lead into halftime.

"We've had a couple of games earlier in the season where we've been able to score it," Van Cleave said. "But that's pretty unique."

The 98 points is a season high for the Knights, who have won three consecutive games. The two teams will meet again Feb. 7 at Foothill.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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