Lions Pop Pioneers, 81-65

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Cannon County attoned for an earlier setback at Warren County with an impressive 81-65 home win against the Pioneers at Robert A. Harris Gym Tuesday.

The Lions (12-6) had many outstanding performances and almost landed five players in double figures. Justin Davenport led Cannon County with 24 points and also was the team leader in rebounds (8) and assists (6). Colin Jones struck for a season-high 18 points on the strength of five 3-pointers. Jared Nave netted 15 but poured in 11 down the stretch when the game was up for grabs. Nave also added six rebounds.

In addition to outstanding second-half defense, a big key to Cannon County's win was the play of Brian Cripps and Cody Ruehlen, who combined for 23 points and were strong defensively. Cripps finished with 14 points and Ruehlen contributed nine. When the Lions get solid contributions from all five senior starters they have been virtually unbeatable this season.

That was the case against Warren County Tuesday.

The game was back-and-forth and Warren County owned a 51-50 lead until Nave connected for a short jumper with 2:36 remaining in the third quarter. Nave's field goal sparked a 14-0 run that spilled into the fourth quarter and staked the Lions to a 62-51 lead. Nave also scored the final field goal of the 14-0 run.

Jones, who already had the trifecta with three earlier 3-pointers to help distance Cannon County from the pesky Pioneers, drained two more during a 1:17 span midway through the final quarter to put the exclamation point on a big non-district win.

The Lions' smothering defense had eight consecutive stops during a five-minute stretch at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth that swung the game in Cannon County's direction for good.

Once they gained momentum the Lions never let up. They will return to District 8-AA action with the first of three straight league road games at York Friday.

Check out next week's print edition of The Cannon Courier for a complete breakdown of Cannon County's win against Warren County.
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January 05, 2011 at 9:45am
8 consecutive stops! Impressive! Great job players and coaches- bring that energy every night.
January 05, 2011 at 12:56pm
the real cannon showed up this time
January 05, 2011 at 2:25pm
I just want to say how impressed I was with Coach Rigsby. When it was obvious that the officials weren't going to do anything to keep the game from getting out of hand he showed his class and maturity by using one of his time outs and got the team together and cooled them down so they kept their heads in the game and didn't let their emotions take control. Great job coach!!!!!!!!!
January 05, 2011 at 6:20pm
Worst referee's I have seen in a long time!

They couldn't count to three and completely disregarded at least four intentional fouls by #40 of Warren County!

Good job LIONS!
January 06, 2011 at 10:25am
Way to go Lions! And thanks Tony, you are doing an excellent job :)
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