Friday night was one to remember for the Canon-McMillan boys basketball team. The Big Macs' 61-59 victory over Moon in a Section 4-AAAA game may be the biggest win in program history.
There really is no boys basketball tradition at C-M, where the only section championship came in 1973 (I wasn't even born).
This win put the Big Macs into a first-place tie with Moon and, coupled with a win over McKeesport, should give this team supreme confidence for the remainder of the season. Big games remain against Upper St. Clair and Peters Township. The opportunity to create history is there.
And, by the way, Charles Murphy showed why C-M coach Rick Bell believes the senior is "the best point guard I've ever coached."
There are several things to really like about C-M. They are very athletic and rebound well for their size. Most of the players are also strong three-point shooters as well.
A couple potential snags exist. For one, these players have never been in this situation in any sport. Will the Big Macs crumble or respond to the pressure? I can also see a team with a strong interior offensive game plan giving them trouble.