The South Gray Rebels boys basketball team scored Saturday, and they did it a lot.
That statement alone probably summed up the team's 67-24 win over the South Central Timberwolves boys basketball team in the Championship Game of the 2018 SPIAA League Basketball Tournament.
"(South Gray head coach Mark) Applegate has his boys ready," South Central head coach Roe Macias said. "They're always ready. I mean I was there for five years, so I got to witness first-hand how he gets those boys prepared, and they were prepared. And they came out and they put it on us tonight. They were the better team tonight, and they got us."
South Gray senior Gilbert Peters opened the scoring with a 3-pointer. It started what became a 13-0 run by the Rebels enroute to a 20-6 first quarter lead and a 40-9 lead at the end of the first half.
Even though the Timberwolves lost in the final, Macias called it a "building block" for the team.
"South Central hasn't been to the Championship Game for nine years, so it's something that we've accomplished and now it's done," Macias said.
It's possible, however, that Saturday's contest will not be the last time the teams meet this season.
"We're probably gonna have to have to see those guys again to get to State," Macias said. "It'll be something we look forward to, take the loss tonight, put it behind us tomorrow, we got work to do. We've got more games."
As for the Rebels, they head to Hodgeman County to take on the Longhorns Tuesday night. That game, head coach Mark Applegate said, could be a letdown game.
"That's always a tough game because after you win the League Tournament you always have a letdown, and we just have to be ready to go," Applegate said.
The Rebels didn't, despite the high score, just play well offensively Saturday night.
"Defensively though I thought we just played probably the best game of the year," Applegate said.
South Gray had played well defensively Friday night against Spearville also, winning 54-36 to get to Saturday's game. Still, despite Friday night's defense being strong, Applegate said Saturday was even stronger.
"South Central's a good team," Applegate said. "They're young, and they've got some quickness and they've got some shooters. I thought we did a good job of getting out and covering those shooters."
South Gray junior Clifton Miller led the Rebels with a game-high 18 points. Peters had 16.
South Central sophomore Owen Alexander had a team-high eight, and sophomore Xavier Frazier had six.
South Gray - Koehn 2, 0-2; Askew 6, 0-0; Skidmore 2, 0-0; Peters 16, 0-0; Jantz 11 1-2; Griebel 2, 0-2; Rosas 0, 0-0; Nuefeld 2, 0-0; Guenther 0, 0-0; Davis 8, 2-2; Bullinger 0, 0-0; Miller 18 3-4
South Central - Frazier 6, 0-0; Alexander 8, 2-3; Huck 2, 0-0; Garza 2, 0-0; Uhl 0, 0-0; Robles 0, 0-0; Girk 1, 1-2; Morehead 5, 0-0; Delaney 0, 0-0; Moore 0, 0-0; Peterson 0, 0-0; Martin 0, 0-0
South Gray: 20, 20, 20, 7 -- 67
South Central: 6, 3, 10, 5 -- 24