Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Desmet Downs CBC for 6th Meramec Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Desmet Downs CBC for 6th Meramec Title

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One of the few challenges that has proved tougher than beating DeSmet on its own court is taking the Spartans down at Meramec Community College, where a sweat-box of a gym mirrors the team's on-campus facility.

CBC nearly pulled off the former when the teams met three weeks ago, losing on a last-second desperation shot.

The Cadets didn't come nearly as close in the second meeting Tuesday night in the championship game of the Meramec Tournament. As it usually does at steamy Meramec, DeSmet did virtually everything right against the defending champions and pulled away for a 71-59 win. The Spartans have won the tournament a record six times in its 19-year history. "I don't know if we own it," DeSmet coach Dale Burgman said after DeSmet's eighth Meramec championship game appearance. "But we've got a lease on it, I guess." The Spartans (12-1), who are ranked No. 1 in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, trailed most of the first half. But they shot 55 percent, won the rebounding battle 32-27, and hit their free throws to pull away in front of a sellout crowd. Adam Lohse scored 19 points to lead a group of four players in double figures. The Cadets (8-3) continued to show the poise of an experienced team, hitting 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter and committing only three turnovers in the second half. "This is a good early season check," Burgman said. "We're a lot further ahead than we normally are at this time because of our experience. We couldn't be in a better position. We're playing well and nobody is injured. I'm really happy with our play." Both teams received good production from their St. Louis University signees. DeSmet's 6-9 Matt Baniak scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and CBC's 6-6 Justin Tatum had 16 points and eight rebounds. DeSmet's balance offset a 22-point effort by CBC's Larry Hughes, another SLU-bound player who played hours after his brother Justin, 11, underwent surgery to install a pacemaker. …

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