Cascade Christian 76 Westside Christian 54
After battling in two physically and mentally exhausting games the prior two days, there would have been no surprise if the Cascade Christian boys had a letdown in the 8:30 p.m. championship game on Saturday. That letdown, however small may have come in the first quarter where Westside Christian built a 15-13 lead. After that point, there was nothing resembling a letdown from the Challengers as they steadily put the Eagles away to win their second-straight state title by a 76-54 margin.
Austin Maurer had another huge game with a tournament best 31 points and 14 rebounds. Drew Hall also continued his stellar play posting 20 points seven assists and four boards. Both players received first-team all-tournament selections for their play throughout the weekend.
For the tournament Austin Maurer averaged 20.7 points per game, good for third best of the weekend and Drew Hall averaged 20 per game, good for fifth place on the list. Maurer led the tourney with 13 rebounds per game and was fourth in blocked shots with 1.3 per contest. Drew Hall also made the list with 5.3 assists per game which was good for second in that category.
This is Brian Morse’s fourth state title with Cascade Christian and is one of very few coaches to win titles in back-to-back years. The prospects of a “three-peat” seem very good as they essentially return everyone on this loaded roster with the exception of Triston Wallace, the only senior on this year’s squad.