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Canterbury boys basketball begins new era with road win

– The Canterbury boys basketball team got off to a slow start in Scott Kreiger’s debut as coach. That was until senior Trent VanHorn went to work.

VanHorn scored 31 points as the Cavaliers opened a new era with a 57-35 romp over host Central Noble on Tuesday in the season opener.

“I just started playing hard, get as many offensive rebounds as I could, and my teammates were looking for me so I had to work hard to get off the ball,” VanHorn said. “They did a nice job of getting me the ball in places I could score.”

Kreiger was coaching his first boys game for a program that won the school’s first regional title a year ago. Kreiger coached the Canterbury girls basketball program to four Class A state championships before moving over to the boys side during the summer.

“It was no different at all,” Kreiger said of coaching the boys team. “As far as an approach to the game, we were about us. It took us awhile to get started.”

VanHorn helped make it a successful opener by scoring all 10 of the Cavs’ points in the first quarter and getting 18 of the team’s 24 points by halftime.

“It has been pretty smooth (with Kreiger),” VanHorn said. “He has done a good job of incorporating things that we did last year, which makes the guys that were here last year pretty comfortable.”

Midway through the first quarter, the Cavaliers led only 4-1 before taking a 10-5 lead into the second quarter. Central Noble, which got 13 points from Alex Vice, trailed 12-9 early in the second quarter before Canterbury went on a 12-5 run to get the lead into double digits.

VanHorn, Chase Moyle and Grant Sinn were starters for a team that lost in the semistate a year ago.

“(The returning players) have a sense of the game, and they have been through the wars and won the championships,” said Kreiger, whose father, Wayne, took over the girls program and is also serving as a varsity boys assistant for Canterbury. Grant Sinn was the other Cavalier in double figures with 11.