The Canton South boys' basketball team ran their win streak to three on Tuesday night (Dec. 11) when they traveled to Northwest High School to take on the Indians in a non-conference bout.
"We faced a scrappy team and their defensive effort took us out of our game," said South's head coach Frank Spotleson.
It took extra time to decide this one as the score was knotted at 43 after regulation. The Cats out scored the Indians 15-5 in the extra frame to take the game by the overtime final of 58-48.
"The seniors stepped up and took over the game, which made the difference," added Spotleson on his team.
Northwest raced out to a 13-9 lead after the first period of play, but the Cats would respond with a good second quarter to take a 22-18 lead heading into the locker rooms.
The back and forth game continued in the third as Northwest stormed out to retake the lead at 37-34 heading into the fourth and final quarter. The Cats forced overtime by out scoring the Indians 9-6 in the final eight minutes to send the game to overtime.
"Kyle Deckard scored during crunch time and Armand Fontes played a huge role by knocking down the three-pointer that tied the game and sent us to overtime," added Spotleson on the game.
It was all South in overtime, giving them a happy drive back home with a 58-48 victory.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Fontes with 25 points, including three treys. Deckard chipped in with 12 points, including two from behind the arc, while teammates Austin Joliff, Dejon Newell and Trey Taylor added eight, six and five points respectively.
On Friday night, the boys were back in action as they took on NBC rival Minerva and took care of business thanks to once again, Fontes.
Fontes poured in a game high 21 points to run the Wildcats win streak to four in a 67-51 thrashing of Minerva.
South got off to a fast start, building a 12-6 lead after one quarter of play. They kept the pedal down in the second quarter as the teams left the floor at halftime with the Cats leading by double digits at 36-17.
It didn't stop.
They out scored the Lions 22-13 in the third stanza to enter the fourth with a 58-30 lead and it was too little too late for the 0-4 Lions. Minerva found some life in the fourth quarter, outscoring South 22-9 to bring the final score to 67-51.
Also scoring for the Wildcats were Deckard with nine, Joliff, Josh Lyon and Taylor each added seven while teammate Merriweather chipped in with four.
Canton South runs their overall record to 4-0 and 2-0 in the NBC. The Cats were back in action on Dec. 11 when they hosted West Branch High School in a NBC clash. South will then travel to Louisville High School on Friday, Dec. 21 to take on the Leopards. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.