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Eastern C: Scobey boys win 4th consecutive title

Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 03:33:24-05

GLASGOW -- Make it four in a row for the Scobey boys basketball team.

The Spartans defeated Fairview 59-36 in the Eastern C divisional championship in Glasgow on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive divisional title.

"These guys have been there before, so I don't think the moment gets too big for them," Scobey head coach Jason Wolfe said. "We've got some younger guys, but they've played in these games before. It's nothing new for them."

"It's been great. Coach Wolfe always talks about putting four quarters together every year," Scobey senior Brayden Cromwell said. "Getting to the divisional championship, we're still hungry. We're not satisfied yet. We want more."

Scobey started fast, scoring the game's first 12 points, but Fairview would settle in and eventually trim the deficit to two in the second quarter. The Spartans finished the first half with a flurry to go up 11, 32-21, entering halftime.

"We talked about a fast start offensively. We were comfortable defensively," Wolfe said. "We thought maybe buckets would be hard to come by on both sides of the ball, so we really emphasized starting fast offensively."

The Scobey defense really put the clamps down in the second half. Scobey held Fairview to just 15 second-half points, blowing the game open by the middle of the third quarter. Scobey rode its big man Cromwell for the majority of the evening.

"Coach texted me before the game to play big. Play big all weekend. I feel like I could take advantage of that and I feel like I did a good job of that in the first half," Cromwell said.

"(Cromwell) is just so strong. A lot of times we're a guard-oriented offense, but we felt like we had an advantage inside with his size and strength (Saturday) and it proved to be true," Wolfe said. "We've talked about trying to put together four full quarters of defense all year, and I think finally we did it (Saturday)."

Cromwell shot 7 of 10 from the floor and finished with 15 points. Caden Handran added 13 points and five rebounds for Scobey. Alex Schriver was the lone Fairview player in double figures with 13.

Both the Spartans and Warriors advance to the State C tournament in Missoula in two weeks. Scobey will play the winner of the Northern C challenge game between Big Sandy and Belt, while Fairview will play the Southern C champion, which will be determined in Miles City next weekend.

"We've been in the third-fourth-place game the last three years of my high school career. We want to be the late Saturday night game instead of the early one," Cromwell said.