Cavs end Churubusco’s season in semifinal

Gage Kelly pushes through a screen to defend a Canterbury player.

Churubusco’s Brayton Bonar posts up in the paint while Jackson Paul looks over his shoulder to pass the ball to Gage Kelly.

Mason Garland waits for a free throw to battle for the rebound.

Head coach Chris Paul speaks to freshman Zane Burke in the final minutes of the game, as the Eagles’ season came to an end at the hands of Canterbury Friday night.

Freshman Jackson Paul goes nose-to-nose with a Canterbury player. The match-up was an area of contention, as the Canterbury player received a technical foul in the second half of the game.

Jackson Paul attempts to defend a Canterbury senior who shoves him out of the way.

Three Kreigers shake hands with Churubusco following the Cavaliers’ win over the Eagles in the sectional semifinal Friday. Senior Cam Kreiger is the grandson of Wayne Kreiger (center) and son of Scott (right). Scott is in his last season as the head coach of Canterbury. Wayne was a longtime girls basketball head coach at Columbia City and is an assistant coach for his son. Cam led the game with 26 points Friday. The Cavaliers went on to beat Bluffton to win the South Adams Sectional title. Nicole Minier

By Nicole Minier

BERNE — Churubusco’s boys basketball season came to an end at the hands of a more veteran Canterbury team 75-59 in Friday’s sectional semifinal at South Adams.

The Eagles’ offense struggled against the staunch defense of the Cavaliers.

The Cavs held Churubusco leading scorers Zane Burke and Jackson Paul to just six and 10 points, respectively.

After a Gage Kelly 3-pointer, the Eagles took a 3-2 lead to start the first quarter, but Canterbury got ahead and never looked back.

After Kelly’s triple, the Cavs held Churubusco scoreless until the 1:53 mark of the first quarter when Eagle Mason Garland knocked down his first of four 3-pointers on the night.

The Eagles were again scoreless until a basket by Brayton Bonar ended the quarter with Canterbury leading 13-8.

Burke opened the quarter with his first of two field goals on the night, cutting Canterbury’s lead to three. Later in the quarter, another 3-pointer by Garland make the score 15-13, but Canterbury went on to run off eight straight points.

’Busco scored nine of its 16 second quarter points in the last 1:45, making the halftime score 33-24.

It was all Kreiger in the third quarter, as the senior scored 14 points in six minutes.

“Cam just dominated and took over,” coach Paul said. “With his dad retiring after this year, this game meant a lot to him. We didn’t have anybody who could guard him.”

Churubusco continued to battle in the fourth, putting 20 points on the board, but it wasn’t enough to come back.

With Canterbury’s strong defense on the Eagles’ leading scorers, several others took advantage of the opportunity.

“It opened other people up,” Paul said. “We still scored 59 points.”

Scorers for Churubusco were Garland with 18, Bonar with 11, Paul with 10, Gage Kelly with nine, Burke with six and senior Garrett Horn with four points.

Garland was a new piece to the Eagles’ offensive puzzle. Due to the transfer rule, the junior had to play on the junior varsity team all season, but came out in the sectional semifinal to lead the team.

“We saw what he is capable of tonight,” Paul said.

The Eagles end the season with a 12-12 record, and look forward to a bright future, as the team started three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior on this year’s squad.

“Last year at this time, I was thinking about all of the pieces we were losing,” Paul said. “We do lose Garrett (Horn) and Dalston (Duff), but everybody else comes back. Not a lot of teams have that.”

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