DAWSON - Three timely three-pointers down the home stretch broke what had been a deadlock battle to the finish between Dawson-Boyd and Canby. With just over three minutes left on the clock, the Blackjacks had a narrow 47-45 advantage over the Lancers when Jess Hansen hit an uncontested three from beyond the arc.
Canby's Zach Nuy answered with a quick layup in the paint to keep the Lancers within striking distance. On Dawson-Boyd's next possession, Noah Stelter contributed a three-pointer of his own, pushing the Blackjack's lead up 53-47.
Keeping with that momentum, Hansen knocked down his third three-pointer of the night, securing a comfortable seven-point edge.
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Dawson-Boyd’s Michael Lee drives against the defense of Canby’s McKinley Johansen during a Camden Conference game Thursday at Dawson-Boyd High School.
"That was the difference in the ball game," Dawson-Boyd head coach Cory Larson said. "That game could have come down to the last possession, so knocking down those three three's was absolutely huge."
The Lancers scrambled to make up the deficit but Dawson remained just out of reach, defeating Canby 63-52.
"It was a pretty even game up until the end," Canby head coach John Hansen said. "Both teams are good and it was a pretty even match."
In the first half, the Lancers took an early 9-4 lead after Michael Slaba drove the baseline and dished off to Josh Gallegos for an easy two. Slaba led the Lancers with 10 points and seven assists.
Dawson's Joey Lee hit a jumper in the paint followed by a Hansen three-pointer to knot the game 13-all. Lee finished with a game-high 20 points on the night. A steal from Joey Lee set up Michael Lee for a shot from beyond the arc to give the Blackjacks its largest lead of the first-half at 29-20. Michael Lee recorded a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
In the second half the Lancers made a run, evening the score at 41-41 behind a three-pointer from Slaba. But the Blackjacks answered with a pair of free throws from Joey Lee to regain the lead. Layups from Canby's Zach Nuy and Kristian Leppke kept the Lancers within striking distance. Nuy and Leppke finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
But the Blackjacks were able to close out its first Camden Conference South win of the season.
"We knew coming in that it was going to be a great battle," Larsen said. "Canby is a very good basketball team and it was a huge win for us, conference-wise."
Dawson-Boyd 63, Canby 52
CANBY (10-2 OVERALL, 3-1 CAMDEN SOUTH): McKinley Johansen 2-3 1-2 5, Michael Slaba 5-12 0-0 12, Nathan Cooper 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Nuy 7-12 2-5 16, Josh Gallegos 2-4 2-3 6, Kristian Leppke 6-12 2-3 13. TOTALS: 22-44 (50%) 5-10 (50%) 52.
DAWSON-BOYD (8-0 OVERALL, 6-0 CAMDEN NORTH): Jess Hansen 3-5 0-0 9, Noah Stelter 2-3 0-0 6, Joey Lee 5-15 8-12 20, Kyler Collins 2-5 0-0 5, Michael Lee 6-20 5-8 18, Cody Aafedt 1-3 1-4 3, Zach Stratmoen 1-2 0-0 2 . TOTALS: 20-53 (37%) 14-24 (58%) 63.
HALFTIME: Dawson 32 Canby 26. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Canby 3-16 (Slaba 2); Dawson 9-18 (Hansen 3, Stelter 2, J. Lee 2). REBOUNDS: Canby 31 (Gallegos 12, Ney 10, Leppke 7); Dawson 30 (M. Lee 12, ). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Canby 16; Dawson 11. TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Canby (Slaba 7, Leppke 5); Dawson (J. Lee 4). STEALS: Canby 7 (Gallegos 3, Johansen 2, Nuy 2); Dawson 9 (J. Lee 5). BLOCKED SHOTS: Canby 4 (Gallegos 4); Dawson 0.