CBA pulls away for first state title

"I feel bad for West because they really had some tough calls [go against them], and they lost their composure a little bit," said Doemel.

Sledge did what he could to pick up the slack for the Colts. The junior guard scored 24 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, but he couldn't make up for the loss of Harris, who had eight points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots in the first half.

Sledge's efforts also couldn't offset the performances by Cancer, Ritter and Weaver. Cancer scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Ritter contributed 17 points and seven boards and Weaver added 15 points. Ritter was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Cancer and Weaver were named to the all-tournament team.

"Nobody is worried about who steps up," said Doemel. "In fact, we look for anybody to step up."

An unlikely source gave CBA a lift in the second quarter when junior forward Christian Signor hit a three-pointer to give the Brothers a 10-7 lead. Weaver then drained a three-pointer " the only one he made in six attempts from behind the arc " to increase the lead to 13-7.

Half Hollow Hills West came back with a 6-0 run of its own to tie the game at 13, but it was the last time the Colts came within striking distance of the lead. CBA finished the second quarter on a 14-6 run to take a 27-19 halftime lead.

Cancer saw to it that Half Hollow Hills West wouldn't challenge again. Cancer scored seven of CBA's first nine points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer that put the Brothers ahead by 15 points and started the Colts' emotional downward spiral.

"We just have a bunch of guys who do a lot of different things well," said Cancer.

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