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BOYS' BASKETBALL: CAN CANYON BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSS TO BURROUGHS?

Byline: Sean Ceglinsky Staff Writer

Canyon High's boys' basketball team can do one of two things this week: beat itself up over blowing a double-digit lead in a six-point loss Friday to Burroughs of Burbank, or move on.

The Cowboys need to move on or they risk falling out of contention in the Foothill League race.

The good news for Canyon (14-8 overall, 4-2 Foothill) is that they're tied for second-place with Burroughs (18-4, 4-2), one game behind Valencia (18-4, 5-1) heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. The Cowboys' next two games are against Saugus and Burbank, which have three league wins in nine games combined.

Said Canyon coach Chad Phillips: ``This is make-it or break-it time.''

Canyon can't afford to overlook last-place Saugus or Burbank, which would like nothing more than to play spoiler. Valencia underestimated Hart earlier this year, suffering its only league loss.

``Everyone is tough,'' Phillips said. ``Every game is a battle.''

A Feb. 7 showdown against Valencia looms, and then the Cowboys close out the season against Hart in the finale.

--Perimeter playmaker: Canyon's Lucas Guidroz had perhaps his finest game of the season in Friday's loss to Burroughs, scoring 15 of his 17 points in the second and third quarters and hitting four 3-pointers. The senior is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range.

His presence gives Canyon another scoring threat. Kris Rincon, Bryan Lewis and Ryan Kuhn each average more than 10 points per game and are among the top six scorers in the league. Guidroz is eighth, averaging nine points per game.

``He's big for us,'' Phillips said. ``He can light it up. He does the intangibles, too.''

--Postseason positioning: Hart and Burbank are tied for fourth, and there are four automatic playoff berths available in the Foothill League. The fifth-place team must await word on an at-large berth.

Both teams must play Valencia, Burroughs and Canyon, all among the Daily News' top 15 teams, in three of their final four games.

Hart plays at Burroughs tonight and at Valencia on Friday. Burbank plays host to Valencia tonight and at Canyon on Friday.

Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607

sean.ceglinsky(at)dailynews.com

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Canyon's Lucas Guidroz, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points Friday against Burroughs, has become the fourth strong scoring option for the Cowboys.

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