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February 28, 2013

Morris boys ride hot streak into final


“I’m going to blame it on we didn’t have school today or something,” H-T coach Chris Glennon quipped. “They ran the floor and they shot the lights out. It just seemed like we were not here in the first half. It did not look like my team.”

Said Sander, whose boys are the state’s fifth-ranked Class D program: “We have really good ballhandlers and we handled their press well. I didn’t want to beat the press, I wanted to score against their press.”

Much like the first quarter, Morris jumped all over the Wildcats early and often in the second period. Staib’s pump fake-and-score 30 seconds into the second quarter sparked an 11-0 run capped by Meyers, who converted a transition basket off a pass from Decker with 4:46 left before halftime. That spurt more or less sealed it for the Mustangs, who rode the 35-8 cushion to a 44-15 lead at the break.

About the only thing that didn’t fall for Morris in the second quarter was DeLuca’s half-court, over-the-head heave with his back to the basket — and even that landed in the general vicinity as it smacked the shot clock above the backboard.

“We shot well,” Sander said. “This is the best we’ve ever shot up here.”

Although H-T didn’t score well and turned the ball over 20 times, Glennon seemed more displeased with his defense.

“We play better defense (than that),” said Glennon, who got a team-high 10 points from Zach Mudge. “We’re a defensive ballclub and it just wasn’t there tonight. I don’t know what it was. We just didn’t show up tonight.”

Morris certainly will show up at O-State on Saturday, when the reigning Tri-Valley League champions will face 10th-seeded Marathon (9-11) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference in the Section Four Class D championship game.

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