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Spartan boys clinch LSC basketball title with 49-45 win

For the third year in a row, the Superior High School boys basketball team has claimed the Lake Superior Conference title. The Spartans clinched the title Friday night with a 49-45 win over Duluth Marshall.

For the third year in a row, the Superior High School boys basketball team has claimed the Lake Superior Conference title. The Spartans clinched the title Friday night with a 49-45 win over Duluth Marshall.

"I am happy for our kids, they have worked hard all season toward our first goal -- winning the conference championship outright," said Dave Kontny, SHS head coach. "No time to enjoy it, though, as tomorrow (Saturday) Duluth East comes to town at 5 p.m."

The Spartans won their earlier contest with the Greyhounds this season by one point.

In their win over Marshall Friday, the Spartans were tested by a Hilltopper team that came ready to play and looking for an upset. After the first half, Marshall was well on its way to claiming victory as SHS trailed 29-16.

"It was the tale of two halves tonight," Kontny said. "We looked very sluggish and played very tentative the entire first half and dug ourselves a big hole. Not having a game all week and no school the last two days sure showed in the first half."

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Leading the attack in the first half for the Hilltoppers were Mike Carlson and Doug Frey. The two combined for 19 of Marshall's first-half points, with scoring 11 points and Frey adding nine.

The second half, however, was Superior's time to shine.

"I told them at (the) half, even though you're not playing well offensively, there is no excuse for not playing good defensive," Kontny said. "Our goal was to play great defense in the second half, not allow Carlson and Frey open looks and make someone else make some baskets. We did just that holding Carlson to three and Frey to one in the second half."

In the second half, it was Superior that has the big scoring advantage, holding Marshall to 16 points while scoring 33.

"I am proud of the team; they could have hung their heads and quit but they didn't," Kontny said. "They dug in and did what they had to in order to win.

"(Ryan) Radzak, (Jesse) Covill and (Keegan) O'Neill really played well offensively for us in the second half, as seniors should, accounting for 28 of our 33 points. Radzak just caught fire at the right time from beyond the arc and our entire team played a great defensive second half."

Radzak finished the game with five 3-pointers to lead the Spartans with 15 points. Covill finished with 13 points and O'Neill also made it into double figures with 12 points. Garrett Wessberg added four points, Joe Reichert and Dylan Shatto scored two points each and Chris Blake added a free throw.

Carlson led Marshall with 14 points, including two 3-point shots. Jon Schoessow scored 10 points and Frey ended with nine.

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