Pair of senior starters will anchor Eagles

These returning letter-winners and seniors will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva boys? basketball team this season:?front row (from left)?Clayton Sargent, Ethan Loyd, Travis Unruh, Zach Snow, Joey Mac; (back row) Reed Wiens, Lane Wiens, Hunter Pearson, Ethan Dailey.
These returning letter-winners and seniors will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva boys? basketball team this season:?front row (from left)?Clayton Sargent, Ethan Loyd, Travis Unruh, Zach Snow, Joey Mac; (back row) Reed Wiens, Lane Wiens, Hunter Pearson, Ethan Dailey.

The Canton-Galva boys? basketball team will seek to once again improve its win total under the direction of fourth-year coach Shane Duncan.

The Eagles will look to do that without three of their top four scorers and their top rebounder from last year?s 9-12 season. Key losses include leading scorer and honorable mention all-league selection Nick Bray, and Tanner Klingensmith, a two-time honorable mention all-leaguer and lead rebounder for three years.

Two returning senior starters are seen as anchoring the team this year.

Travis Unruh returns for his third year as the starting point guard. He led the team in assists last year and averaged 10.5 points per game, second highest on the team.

Zach Snow returns at center as the team?s leading blocker.

Regarding newcomers, Duncan said: ?We have seven or eight players who will need to fill the void of the four we lost to gradua?tion.?We had a very successful JV season last year, so I?m fully confident these players will step in and contribute quickly.?

One strength of this year?s team is height.

?We will be a long team this year,? Duncan said.??We have four players that are 6-3 or taller, and each of them have long wingspans. This will give us some options defensively that we haven?t had in the past.?

A key to the Eagles? success will be finding a way to replace the scoring lost on the perimeter. An additional key will be keeping everyone healthy, as Duncan said his roster is smaller than the past three seasons.

Duncan?s goal is continual improvement.

?We have improved our win total the past three seasons, and that is our goal again this year,? he said.??With graduating the mass majority of our perimeter scoring, we will need to adjust to a more post-oriented offense.?Depending on how quickly we can adapt will depend on our success throughout the season.?As always, in the HOA you?re playing high-quality teams every night.??

Canton-Galva will host Elyria Christian Friday in its home-opener.