Like the old Esther Phillips song “What a Difference a Day Makes” says, the Canfield High School boys basketball team appreciates change after “24 little hours.”
One night after dropping a 65-61 decision to Lakeview, the Cardinals (2-1) were anything but road weary against Poland.
The Cardinals built up a 14-point first quarter lead, then fell behind in the fourth quarter. Canfield eventually weathered a late Poland rally to defeat the Bulldogs, 49-45 at the United Way Basketball Classic.
Kyle Gamble scored a team-high 16 points and Conor Crogan added 12 points to pace the Cardinals.
Poland’s Braeden O’Shaughnessy led all scorers with 20 points while Daniel Kramer added 12 for the Bulldogs (1-1).
“We played with a chip on our shoulders tonight,” Crogan said of the battle of Route 422. “Last year, we were up at halftime, they had a nice second-half run to win but we didn’t let that happen tonight. We kept our composure and trusted one another.
“This was a huge win for us and right now yesterday doesn’t matter,” Crogan said. “We’re just focusing on each game as they come and not looking ahead.”
Five points by O’Shaugh-nessy staked the Bulldogs to the early 5-3 advantage 82 seconds into the game, but a 12-2 Cardinals run keyed by Gamble and Brenden Bova’s five points gave Canfield a 15-8 lead.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.