Canton — Vinson Sigmon and Canton ran Howell out of the gym Thursday night, putting on a dominating performance in a 78-58 win in the KLAA championship game.
Sigmon, a senior guard, scored eight in the opening quarter to help Canton set the tempo with a 20-14 lead as his backcourt mate, Western Michigan-bound B. Artis White connected on a pair of 3-pointers.
Then, Canton opened a 41-21 halftime lead, taking advantage of a 21-4 run with Liam Radomski, Sigmon and White making 3-pointers during the run.
“This means a lot for us because we came up short in the last couple of years,” Sigmon said. “The key was playing our game. It’s a championship game and teams tend to get outside themselves and try to do more than they can, but we just did what we always do.”
For Sigmon that was attacking the basket on a consistent basis while Canton forced turnovers and scored transition baskets.
“I knew my backcourt was kind of injured today so I had to be a little more aggressive and being aggressive is a mindset as far as attacking and getting the game out of hand early,” Sigmon said. “I came out with that mindset and we got it done.”
Canton forced Howell into a handful of turnovers during the second quarter, but Howell also had problems finishing around the basket and from the perimeter, hitting on just 1-of-11 3-pointers in the first half.
Sigmon finished with 23 points and White scored 13, making 3-of-7 3-pointers.
“I didn’t want to risk my ankle and drive to the hole and injure my ankle again so I just shot it (from the perimeter),” said White who was a game-time decision after injuring his ankle last week. “It feels great to be KLAA champions again, won it my freshman year too.
“We have a lot of sleepers on this team, really good players who people don’t know about that stepped up again tonight.”
Kendall Perkins, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored in double figures for the fifth straight game for Canton, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds while Radomski came off the bench to chip in with 13 points and six rebounds, nine points coming during the first half.
Canton — No. 10 in The Detroit News Super 20 rankings — looks ready for the state tournament which will open up next week with district play. Canton has won 19 straight since a season-opening loss last November to defending Class C state champion Detroit Edison.
Canton continued to put on the heat in the second half, doubling up on Howell (60-30) before Howell started to finally get hot from the perimeter, making 6-of-11 3-pointers during the final 10 minutes to finish 8-of-27 from long range.
Senior guard Josh Palo scored 14 for Howell (14-6).
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