By Brandon Judeh
Canfield’s Andrew Midgley was in the zone Friday night at James W. Watkins Gymnasium, scoring 20 first-half points and 27 in all as the Cardinals crushed Lakeview, 84-50.
The Bulldogs did not have any answers for Midgley, or his teammates, as he drained a variety of shots both inside and outside.
“I don’t know what got into me in the first half, but everything was hitting for me,” Midgley said.
Canfield head coach Todd Muckleroy says that he is never surprised at what Midgley can do.
“We know that Andrew is a very capable shooter and it was good to see him break out tonight and hit some shots,” Muckleroy said. “He is such a multi dimensional player. He can hit from the outside, mid-range and even in the paint. We ran some sets for him to get open looks and it worked out well.”
The Cardinals (17-5) had a balanced scoring attack, with 13 players finding the bottom of the net, including a couple of players who are normally junior varsity players.
“It’s always a great thing to get the young guys into the game and get them some varsity experience,” Muckleroy said. “It was great to get those young guys in at the end of the bench.”
After what was a close first quarter, Canfield exploded for 26 second-quarter points thanks to their defense disrupting Lakeview’s half-court offense.
“We played hard and we didn’t quit and we were in position to execute,” Bulldogs coach Craig Mild said. “The bad part is we didn’t finish off what we started, there were bad passes, bad shots, it was the little things that cost us, instead of being down by 17 points at the half we should have only been down by about seven.”
Things didn’t get any better for the Bulldogs (4-18) in the second half as the Cardinals outscored Lakeview, 24-8, in the third quarter to put the game away.
With 2 minutes remaining in the game the crowd erupted as Muckleroy cleared his bench and put in the backups.
When junior Christian Labra and freshman Mason Mangapora each hit shots, the student section exploded as if the Cardinals had just won on a last-second shot.
Brady Clark added 11 points, Cole Pryjma had eight and Marco Delorenzo led the Cardinals with four assists.
Lakeview point guard Justin Journey scored a team-high 13 points, Angelo Marino scored eight and Tom Bell grabbed eight boards.
Now that the regular season is over and the Cardinals have a share of the All-American Conference American Division with Poland — both with 8-2 records — they are looking forward to their sectional tournament match with Canton GlennOak on Monday at Alliance High School.
“We played them last year in the first round and they beat us pretty bad, so it would be nice to get a win against them this year,” Midgley said.