held off a late Prout rally and captured its first state title in school history with a 62-55 victory in the Division III finals of the Rhode Island Credit Union Championships.
There were eight ties and three lead changes in the first half, but after Prout's 1,000-career-point scorer, Austin Martin (19 points), put his team ahead, 18-16, with 2:52 left, Juanita Sanchez
closed out the half with a 9-2 run to take a 25-20 lead at halftime.
Prout's swarming box-and-one defense caused problems for Juanita Sanchez
early, but once the Cavaliers started penetrating the Crusaders' zone late in the first half, they scored easy baskets.
played a 1-3-1 zone defense that forced Prout to settle for a lot of outside shots, which limited the Crusaders to 55 points.
extended its lead to 57-44 after a Tyreke Stone tip-in with 1:50 left, sealing the outcome.
(62): Samuel Adesuyi 0 1-2 1; Tyreke Stone 4 3-4 11; Tahj Eddington 2 4-4 8; Quincy Bee 0 0-0 0; Franklin Cruz 4 3-4 14; James Shoneye 8 3-3 19; Perry Brown 4 1-2 9; totals: 22 15-19 62.
...Juanita Sanchez coach firstname.lastname@example.org
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