Jordan Sanders scores 17 points in the Cougars first game since returning from the San Francisco Bay Area.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Senior forward Jordan Sanders had 17 points as the Canby boys basketball team defeated Salem-McKay in overtime Jan. 3. Above, Sanders goes up for a shot against Sherwood.Not a bad way to ring in the new year.

In its first game since returning from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Canby boys basketball team pulled off a 57-55 overtime win over fourth-ranked Salem-McKay on the road Jan. 3.

Senior forward Jordan Sanders scored a team-high 17 points, while senior guard Trey Bellmore made two three-pointers as part of a 12-point outing. Sophomore guard Austin Evans had 11.

The Cougars (6-4) defeated a McKay squad that started the season with seven-consecutive victories.

“Canby was much more focused on executing their game plan than we were, and they deserved to win the game, whether it was in regulation or overtime,” Royal Scots coach Dean Sanderson told the Salem Statesman Journal.

The Cougars led 49-42 late in the fourth quarter but was outscored 8-1 to close regulation. McKay (8-3) pulled even on three-pointers by Jorge Garibay and Jacob Brustad and a layup by Brustad.

Canby held on in the extra period, outscoring the Scots 7-5.

The following day, the Cougars couldn't recover from a 15-point halftime deficit in a 58-49 road loss to South Eugene (4-6).

Junior guard Jace Cates scored a game-high 19 points, while senior guard Austin Taylor added 10.

Yale commit Eli Lininger had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Axemen, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Cougars will play at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 on the road against Portland-Grant (6-3), which defeated Lake Oswego during the recent Les Schwab Invitational tournament in Hillsboro.

Through nine games, Canby was averaging 59.6 points per game and giving up an average of 59.0.

Four of the six Three Rivers League teams were in the top 12 of the Class 6A rankings as of Jan. 6.

Lake Oswego guard Jazz Johnson, who transferred from Milwaukie, is leading all TRL players in preseason scoring with 25.7 points per game.



Canby 57, McKay 55 (OT)

Jan. 3 at McKay High School (Salem)

                        1          2          3          4          OT       F

Canby              13        12        12        13        7  —  57

McKay             10        15        11        14        5  —  55

Canby (57): Jordan Sanders 17, Trey Bellmore 12, Austin Evans 11, Jace Cates 7, Austin Taylor 4, Josh Payne 3, A.J. Schlatter 2, Jacob Schuetz 1.

McKay (55): Dillon James 21, Sanders 14, Brustad 9, Garibay 8, Williams 3.

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