GOTW Preview: Canfield at Poland, 1/30

High School Boys’ Basketball Game of the Week
Friday, January 30, 2015
Canfield (11-5, 5-4) at Poland (12-2, 7-1)

Last Five Meetings
Feb. 7, 2014 – Poland, 50-49
Dec. 20, 2013 – Canfield, 55-51
Feb. 8, 2013 – Poland, 46-43
Jan. 11, 2013 – Canfield, 54-35
Feb. 10, 2012 – Poland, 63-46

Series History: Nine of the past eleven meetings between Canfield and Poland have been decided by 9 points or less. The last time that a team was able to take two straight from the other was in 2010 and 2011 (Poland won three times in a row). The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 19 contests in the series.

Last Meeting: Jared Burkert’s late-game heroics helped Poland past Canfield, 50-49. With the game tied at 46 with 6.9 seconds remaining, Burkert came up with a steal and was fouled going to the hole before sinking both tosses at the charity stripe. Dan Black took game-high honors for Poland in scoring with 18.

Noteworthy
Canfield has won six of their last eight games including their 72-54 victory over Laurel this past Saturday from the Covelli Centre. Mike Yourstowsky scored a game-high 25 points.

In Todd Muckleroy’s fifth year, he’s seeking his 65th win as the Cardinals’ head coach (64-43). Since posting a combined winning percentage of 37.2% in his first two seasons (2010-11 & 2011-12), Canfield has won at a 75% rate (48-16).

Entering the campaign, Ken Grisdale won an average of 17.5 games per season in his 21 years as Poland’s head basketball coach.

The Bulldogs have now won their last seven contests. On Tuesday, Poland got by Liberty 70-59. Dan Black scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jared Burkert tallied 20 while snaring 9 boards. The Bulldogs needed a 17-8 advantage in the fourth quarter to extend their lead from 53-51 to the 11-point victory.

All-American Conference, Red Division Standings
Warren Harding, 8-0 (12-2)
Poland, 7-1 (12-2)
Canfield, 5-4 (11-5)
Boardman, 5-5 (7-8)
Fitch, 2-5 (5-7)
Howland, 1-6 (4-9)
East, 1-7 (2-12)

January 30 Red Division Games
Canfield at Poland
Fitch at Liberty
Hudson at Boardman
East at Ursuline

Rankings
Points Scored: Poland, 65.4; Canfield, 61.6
Points Allowed: Poland, 51.0; Canfield, 54.7

Remaining Schedule
Canfield
Feb. 3 – Lake (10-4)
Feb. 6 – East * (2-12)
Feb. 10 – West Branch (8-7)
Feb. 17 – Alliance (6-8)
Feb. 20 – Poland *(12-2)

Poland
Feb. 3 – at Lakeside (1-13)
Feb. 6 – Warren Harding *(12-2)
Feb. 10 – Hubbard (1-12)
Feb. 13 – at Lakeview (7-6)
Feb. 17 – at Howland *(4-9)
Feb. 20 – at Canfield *(11-5)
Feb. 27 – Edgewood (4-11)

All-American Conference Champions
—Poland, 4; LaBrae, 4; Campbell, 3; Struthers, 3; Canfield, 2; Girard, 1; Howland, 1; Jefferson, 1; Lakeview, 1; Newton Falls, 1
2014-15
Red: TBD
White: Jefferson (9-0)
Blue: TBD

2013-14
American: Poland
National: Campbell/Girard/LaBrae

2012-13
American: Poland/Canfield
National: LaBrae

2011-12
American: Struthers
National: LaBrae

2010-11
Red: Howland
White: Struthers
Blue: LaBrae

2009-10
Red: Poland/Canfield
White: Struthers
Blue: Campbell

2008-09
Red: Poland
White: Lakeview
Blue: Newton Falls/Campbell

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