The Eagles advanced to the championship game of their 4th straight tournment
GEIGERTOWN — The Canaan Christian Academy boys basketball squad is off to a flying start after a solid showing at this weekend's season-opening tourney.
With longtime skipper John Ashley calling the shots, Canaan traveled to Geigertown in Berks County to compete in the Highpoint Christian Tip Off Tournament.
The Eagles advanced all the way to the finals before falling to Highpoint in a wild championship game by a score of 49-45.
"I'm wicked proud of the effort our boys gave," said Coach Ashley. "Their spirit and attitude were just amazing. Can't wait to see what the rest of the year."
Canaan will be back in action this week with its first league game of the 2012-'13 season.
The Eagles are slated for a road trip to Binghamton (NY) and a battle with Central Baptist.
Coach Ashley's lads got off to a fast start in their tournament semifinal.
The Eagles raced out to a 14-6 lead after one period, but had to hold off a furious Dayspring rally en route to an eventual 54-45 win.
Joe Chupick was the focal point of Canaan's offensive assault in this one.
A senior captain who can play nearly any position on the floor, Chupick scored 12 of his team's first 14 points as the Eagles opened the game on a 14-0 run.
Chupick would finish up with a game-high 26 points. Joe also pulled down eight rebounds, but was plagued by foul trouble all night.
Chupick picked up his fifth foul of the game early in the final stanza and was forced to the bench for the first time in his varsity career. However, several of his Eagle teammates picked up in the slack in his absence.
Matt Swartley, a newcomer to the Canaan roster, figured prominently down the stretch. A senior power forward, Swartley muscled his way to 13 points and eight boards.
He was joined on the stat sheet by Spencer Beals (four pts), Brogan Scotch (six pts) and Blakely Hoffman (six pts).
Canaan survived a tough fourth period en route to a 54-45 victory and a berth in the championship game.
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David Fear made life miserable fof the Eagles in their title tilt match-up with Highpoint.
Fear rained down threes over CCA's zone defense on his way to winning the tourney's MVP trophy.
The Eagles fought hard to erase an early deficit and eventually pulled even at 34-34 after three periods.
Unfortunately for Canaan fans, Fear and his fellow Warriors put together one last rally to seal the deal on a 49-45 win.
"Always a bridesmaid and never a bride," joked Coach Ashley after his team finished second in a tourney for the fourth straight time.
"But, like I told the guys after the game: I'd rather lose in the championship game than win in the consolation game."
Chupick once again led the way for Canaan, posting a double-double with 27 points and 12 boards.
Swartley contributed 10 points to the cause, while Beals added four. Scotch and Hoffman rounded out the Eagles' scoring with a basket apiece.
Score by Quarters...
CCA (1-1) 13 8 13 11 – 45
HPC (2-0) 10 16 8 15 – 49