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SCBL Boys Basketball Champions
SCBL Boys Basketball Champions
Joe Sprinkle
Monday, February 17, 2020

Senior-dominated Spartans win first tourney title since two teams merged. Its now or never for five seniors from the Cedar Vale/Dexter boys basketball team, who have the Spartans off to a solid start to the 2019-20 season. That success continued Saturday January 25th at W.S. Scott Auditorium when those seniors combined for 38 points in the championship game of the Dale Misak/ South Central Border League Tournament. The Spartans systematically pulley away for a 53-39 victory against Caldwell for the first tournament title for the program since Cedar Vale and Dexter merged their sports teams in 2008-09 season. " I am really proud and happy for our players. They have invested a lot of time over the past few years and this was on of their goals, to be the first Spartan (CVD combined) team to win a SCBL Tournament Championship," CVD coach KB Criss said. 'They were able to do that in front of two communities and student bodies that really come together and support the heck out of them." The top-seeded spartans (11-1) began to pull away with a 15- point second quarter, taking a 25-16 lead into halftime. They sank 15 of 19 from the foul line down the stretch, preventing the third-seeded Bluejays (8-4) from mounting a serious threat. "I thought we played out tails off on defense, shared the ball, created shots for each other, and were very unselfish on Friday and Saturday against two well-coached good teams in Sedan and Caldwell," Criss said. "We are fortunate to have players that take a lot of pride and are willing to play defense with a great amount of effort and energy." Senior Devin Catlin buried a pair of 3-pointers and went 10 of 11 from the foul line to lead three players in double figures with 20 points for the Spartans, who sank 19 of 24 from the line overall. Catlin was 7 of 8 from the line in the fourth quarter. Junior Cole Criss drained a pair of treys en route to an 11-point performance, and senior Clayton Henderson chipped in 10 points. Senior Arik Artherton also hit a pair of treys and tallied eight points.