Lokey added, “He has a pretty good outside shot; he has some of the best body control.”
Canadian outscored Savanna 17-8 in the third quarter, turning a 1-point game into a 45-35 lead heading into the fourth. Canadian’s defense turned back Savanna on the opening possession of the third, and on the opposite end Shearwood knocked down a 3-pointer for a 31-27 Canadian lead.
With Savanna guards Braylin McCullar and Alex Owens constantly in his face, Shearwood only managed four free throws in the first quarter. But Shearwood exploded for 11 points in the second quarter and maintained his shooting groove for the rest of the game.
“I got more aggressive trying to get shots off, and it worked,” Shearwood said of his second quarter. He also credited his success to solid screens set by Childers and his other teammates.
Ty Weiher pushed Canadian’s lead to 6 with two free throws, then Shearwood knocked down a jump shot. Kris Perry (19 points) hit a jump shot for Savanna, but Childers’ steal turned into two free throws from Ryan Leal that made it 37-30 Cougars.
Perry’s free throws cut the lead to 38-32, but Leal knocked down a 3-pointer later in the third to make it a 9-point game. Perry responded with a 3-pointer for Savanna, but Weiher found Caleb Jarrett in the low post for a layup.
Savanna then missed its last shot of the quarter, and Leal took the defensive rebound coast-to-coast for a buzzer-beating layup and a 45-35 lead.
Despite Savanna looking like the bigger team, Canadian played much more physically, keeping possessions alive with offensive rebounds and swarming Savanna ball-handlers on defensive.
“It seemed like they came up with a lot of loose balls, a lot of rebounds, stuff that’s floating around in there,” Savanna coach Brian Brown said. “I think my kids played hard, but we just didn’t do what it took to finish.”