CANTON — Shane Duncan’s Canton-Galva High School boys basketball team has played lock down, energized defense in the early parts of the season. Problem is, they can’t seem to find the basket.

The Eagles put together another solid outing on defense, but 33 points were not enough to top Goessel Tuesday night in Canton, as the Eagles fell to 1-6 with a 39-33 loss.

“It’s the same situation every game; we don’t give up a ton of points, but we also just aren’t scoring a lot of points,” Duncan said. “This was the most points we’ve scored in three weeks, and you’re not going to win many games by scoring 33 points.”

The Eagles could not have asked for a better start on offense, racing out to an 8-1 lead in the early stages of the game. Goessel began to knock down some shots near the end of the first quarter, but the Eagles remained on top, 13-6.

Goessel seemed to wake up in the second quarter, scoring the first seven points to draw even with the Eagles before taking a four point lead with under two minutes remaining in the half.

Landon Everett’s 3-pointer and Hunter Pearson’s mid-range jumper were the final five points scored in the half, giving the Eagles a 20-19 lead at the break.

Things began to get out of reach in the third quarter, with the Bluebirds going on a 17-6 run to start the second half. From there the Eagles were forced to chip away at the double-digit lead, and made it a two possession game with 1:18 remaining in the game.

But neither team scored from that point on, as Goessel was able to hang on for the six point win.

“I feel we played very well defensively, we played extremely hard, we just couldn’t hit anything,” Duncan said. “We got fantastic looks tonight. The kids fought until the end.”

Pearson led the way with 12 points. Nick Pearson pitched in with 6, while Everett and Reed Wiens scored 5 points a piece.

Next up for the Eagles is a tough road match with Wheat State League preseason favorites Solomon. Solomon is a modest 3-3, but 3-0 in the WSL.

“They’re big, fast, strong and athletic,” Duncan said. “We have to go down there and match their toughness, and I think we have kids who can do that.”

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