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Tigers On Fire: No. 4 Canton starts 2014 with statement wins

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The 4th ranked Canton Tigers rolled into 2014 with a statement win over Palmyra in the Highland Tournament Championship, avenging their only loss of the season. The 4th ranked Canton Tigers rolled into 2014 with a statement win over Palmyra in the Highland Tournament Championship, avenging their only loss of the season.

CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- It was never a secret that Canton had talent up and down its roster coming into a season with high expectations.

The story for the Tigers has never been about ability, as much as growth and maturity, which is a hurdle that this team seems to have overcome.

"We're definitely clicking as a team, everything is running really smooth," senior guard Tyler Niemann told WGEM Sports.

"I'd say Saturday night was the most fun I've had in a high school game. We played our roles and we played really well as a team."

"We just want to show up and play the way we're supposed to every night," added Canton head coach Andy Anderson.

"We think if we do that we'll be in good shape every game that we play in."

It's also about leadership and at the center of that is Brandon Berhorst.

The senior is getting close to full strength following a torn meniscus and has added another crucial element to the Tigers line-up.

"70% of Brandon Berhorst is better than most, so we take what we can get out of him," Anderson expressed.

"He shows the other guys what it takes to win. He does so much for our team and it's very important to have him out there for us."

"This team is unbelievable," said Berhorst.

"We've been through a lot over the past year and it's just so much fun to play with these guys. We go out every single day and know that we have a good chance to win."

With the pieces in place the sky could be the limit for a team that has come up just shy of a state tournament berth the past couple of seasons.

Despite high expectations the Tigers are more focused than ever and appear ready to handle everything that comes with having a target on their back.

"Pressure is a privilege, so we're honored to be in that position," Tyler Niemann expressed.

"We just try to take advantage of it and play the best we can."
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