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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Much-improved Eagles ready to soar in 2013-14

  • Canton-Galva boys’ basketball head coach Shane Duncan admits last year was a bit of a learning curve for both himself and his Eagles.
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  • Canton-Galva boys’ basketball head coach Shane Duncan admits last year was a bit of a learning curve for both himself and his Eagles.
    CGHS went 1-20 in 2012-13. Now that he has a year under his belt, Duncan feels he knows his players on a better level.
    “At times, especially at the beginning of last year, I didn’t feel we competed the entire time,” Duncan said. “It was almost as if some of the kids’ mentality wasn’t necessarily ‘we’re going to lose’ but more ‘hoping to win.’ I’m just really wanting to change that mind-set. And the kids have done a fantastic job.”
    The change in attitude was apparent this past summer, as the Eagles won the McPherson Summer League small school division after going 8-2, with the losses to Burrton and Little River both being avenged on the final day of competition. That was even with returning senior and leading scorer Cody Savage missing four games, which Duncan felt may actually have benefitted his team.
    “In some ways, I felt it was good,” he said, “as the other players had to learn to play without him.”
    A total of 18 athletes participated in the summer league for Canton-Galva, including all nine returning varsity players.
    Savage brings back 12.5 points and five rebounds per game for the Eagles as one of three returning senior letter winners. Also back is A.J. Medley, who averaged 8.5 ppg, and Austin Bullinger, who had 5.5 points per game last year.
    A quintet of returning juniors will add some welcome depth to the roster Tanner Klingensmith, Trevor Unruh, Connor Farnham, Trey Moddelmog and Nick Bray.
    Duncan has been pleased with the efforts put in, both individually in conditioning in the offseason and since practices started before Thanksgiving.
    “I really think we’re going to see a difference this year,” Duncan said. “With the confidence [from the summer league success], we gain basketball IQ. And just being able to that much more basketball together has been beneficial.”
    Canton-Galva opens their season Friday at home against Elyria Christian School.

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