Canton Team Info
Pittsfield Team Info
The Pittsfield Saukees (5-7) overcame a
sluggish start to fight and claw their way back in the fourth
quarter to beat the Canton Little Giants (1-8) 43-39 in the
second consolation quarterfinal of the 2018 Macomb-Western
After a quick opening basket in the first
quarter by Isaac Shaw of Pittsfield that gave them a 2-0 lead,
the Little Giants took over the lead with a three-pointer by
Caleb Miller with 6:49 left.
Canton would stay in front or tied for the next 25
minutes of the game before Pittsfield will pull back into the
lead and never relinquished it.
The first quarter and the first part of the
second quarter was a struggle for both teams as there appeared
to be a lid on the hoop.
The Little Giants held a slim 9-5 first quarter lead as
both teams combined to shoot 22% (5/23).
The second quarter started off worse as the two teams
went scoreless for the first 3:15 before a Cade Tomhave
three-pointer with 4:48 left broke the drought.
The scoring picked up after that with Canton holding a
tight 19-18 halftime lead.
The Little Giants and Saukees traded
baskets for most of the third quarter but Canton used a quick
7-0 run over 2 minutes late in the quarter to push the lead to
nine. The Saukees
picked up the intensity to close out the remaining 1:10 of the
quarter on a 7-0 run of their own to provide them some momentum
going into the fourth.
Pittsfield would finally break through with
their first lead since early in the first quarter on a reverse
layup by Cooper Priest, giving the Saukees 1-point lead at
38-37. The Saukees
were able to ice the game at the line and survive a couple of
missed three pointers by Canton to hold on for the win.
Pittsfield was led by Shaw, scoring a game
high 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting.
Will Guthrie contributed with the second double-double of
the tournament scoring 11 points and pulling down game high 14
Garrett Brant led Canton with 11 points,
three rebounds and three assists.
Miller and Kaleb Owens each chipped in for eight points
Pittsfield moves on to the consolation
semifinal round playing the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes.
Pittsfield last trip to the semifinals came in 2013.
Tip-off for this contest will begin at 9:00 am at Brophy
Hall on Saturday, December 29th.