CANTON - Edwards-Knox coach Bill Davison believes that once his team is comfortable, the Cougars will make any opponent uncomfortable.
During the current season the second half is when the Cougars have been the most comfortable.
On Saturday, in the 34th Annual Ronald Burkman Classic at Canton Central School, Edwards-Knox claimed the championship for the fourth time in a 63-50 win over host Canton to stay unbeaten at 8-0.
The second half of the game has been our strength all season. We average 20-24 points in the first half and like 40 in the second half. Our third and fourth quarters have been the key all year. The kids have to feel comfortable and they have to know when they have the green light. They have to take it upon themselves to get to the number 10 and the kids know what that is.. get the basket. It might be a give and go, a pick and roll or score off a turnover. The object is getting the number 10 and everyone on this team can do it, said Davison who became the second coach in the past three years to play on a Burkman Championship team and coach a tournament championship team. Hermon-DeKalb coach Clay Denesha accomplished the fete in 2009 and 2010 season after winning the title as a player in 1991 and 1992.
Davisons Cougar team beat a well coached Jerry Hourihan team in 1983 in the championship - a game that Davison treasures and takes great pride in with his relationship with Cantons longtime coach. I talk to Jerry quite often. To win this as a coach is a honor, Davison noted.
And the Cougars did it sparked by a 23-7 third quarter lead where six players scored keyed by six from Kaden Dandrow, five including a buzzer beating three from Chris Davison and and four each from Jesse Bullock and Tyler Tresidder.
Kaden has an unbelievable outside shot. He also does a great job on the inside. We play 94 feet and thats the way I was brought up to play ball. Kaden likes to run as much as he can but his job for us to win is play underneath the basket and win the battles low. In the Madrid-Waddington game the other night, Kaden really opened up the inside game by hitting a couple of threes, said Davison.
Danrow was quick to credit his teammates.
My success has been largely because of my team. We move the ball very well and it opens up alot of shots and good looks for me, Tyler Tressider and the whole team in general. Tonight, they just seemed to find the the ball at the right team and spot, said Dandrow who was named Most Valuable Player of the after scoring 11 of his 23 points in the second half. All Tourney team selection Tyler Tresidder and Chris Davison each logged 11 points while Ryan Golligher added six and Nick Davison chipped in five.
Bryant Wenworth and Evan LaPoint earned All Tournament team selection for Canton. Wentworth finished with 10 points, five rebounds and six assists while Lapoint tallied eight points and seven boards. Scott Wight added 12 points while Eddie Bortnick scored seven and Ryan Caldwell and Don Petty Sportsmanship Award winner Nick Archibald each added five. Charlie Ames grabbed five rebounds.
Edwards-Knox shifted the momentum in the third quarter which we couldnt get back. And Kaden (Dandrow) just got to us, said Canton coach Bill Porter whose team fell to 4-4 on the season.
Madrid-Waddington 69, Hermon-DeKalb 47: All Tournament team selection Colin OBryan generated eight of his 20 points in the third quarter where M-W took a 47-37 lead.
We did a much better job in the second half but we have lots to improve on. We just havent played well as of late, said M-W coach Aaron Jones. Colin had another good game and Maurice (Rease) played very, very well today.
OBryan also supplied 10 assists, five steals and four rebounds for M-W (6-2) while Rease recorded four threes in a 18 point performance with 13 in the fourth quarter. Richard Wright scored six of his 11 in the second quarter while Terry Crump (7 rebounds) and Greg Thompson added six and Randy Ball chipped in five points.
Steven Gilbert scored 13 and Macaulay Snell. an All Tournament team selection, tallied 10 for H-D (2-6). Cody Merritt and Zach Robinson followed with nine and seven points.
Madrid-Waddington claimed the Junior Varsity Championship rolling past Canton 51-38.
Tournament MVP David Odendahl generated 17 points for the Jackets while All Tournament selection Michael Thew tallied 16. Liam Miller added eight and Aaron Armstrong (four points), Brandon Vallance (three), Harrison VanBuren (two), John Lenney (two), and Dakota Matthie (two) rounded out the winning effort.
All Tourney selections Dane Ames and Louden Porter scored 15 and 14 respectively for the Bears. Hunter Yerden (4), Mike Cougler (3), and Tyler Trahen (2) closed out the scoring.
Edwards-Knox topped Hermon-DeKalb in the consolation game.Tristan White of E-K and Rhiley ODonnell of H-D earned All Tournament Team selection.