By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

CIMARRON — Even when they’re not firing on all cylinders, the South Gray Rebels don’t look too bad.

They broke open a close game in the third quarter with some tenacious zone defense to overtake the Cimarron Bluejays 48-33 to set up a Saturday title game against Meade.

South Gray had broadcasted that tenacity even earlier.

In the second quarter after Cimarron’s Ted Boersma picked up a loose ball rebound and hit a breakaway layup to tie the game at 13, coach Mark Applegate called a timeout.

After the break, South Gray started trapping the ball everywhere it could, allowing only two field goals in the next five minutes.

Meanwhile, the Rebels crashed the offensive glass with a vengeance, sticking back three boards for goals in an 8-2 run. They extended their lead near the half to 24-17 on Storm Mosher’s three from the corner.

Cimarron closed the gap at the buzzer when Tyler Siek hit a three, fading away on an inbounds play.

That buzzer-beater, however, seemed to inspire the Rebels, not the Bluejays. Once again, they applied the pressure, setting up a zone that forced the Cimarron guards to play near halfcourt. All the Bluejays could muster the entire quarter was Stewart Fairbank’s three at 1:46.

Meanwhile, South Gray was scoring with ease. Ronald Martens scored on another offensive board. Garrison Hendricks nailed a three. Garret Watkins scored two layups off steals.

All the while, they kept up the pressure. And nothing Cimarron tried could break that pressure, coach Doug Minneman said. 

“We allowed that zone to push us out and we were playing at halfcourt. We weren’t able to get it to the middle,” he said. “Their pressure in the third quarter picked up and we didn’t handle it well.”

That’s the kind of pressure Applegate would like to get again in the title game.

“We try to get after the ball a lot and force a lot of turnovers,” Applegate said. It does the job, he added, but he’s still

looking for balance all around.

"Offensively we were kind of out of sync tonight," he said. "We're still trying to figure out how to replace all those scorers we had.

"But defensively we're much better than we were last year."

Martens was the only player from either team in double figures, scoring 16.

Applegate is looking for a battle against Meade.

"They're athletic," he said. "It'll be an extremely tough game for us."

Meade 49, Sublette 46

In the first boys semifinal, Meade held on to defeat Sublette 49-46.

After a tied first quarter, the Buffaloes outscored the Larks by a point in each of the remaining quarters for the difference.

In the final quarter, Meade looked poised to run away with the game, scoring 10 straight to start the period.

Sublette didn't score until a free throw at 2:53 by Travis Leverett.

Joe Lower hit a field goal a minute later, and Taylor Williamson added a conventional three-point play with 16 seconds left.

After Meade missed a pair of free throws, Leverett made an athletic move inside with five seconds left.

But that would be it for the Larks.

"The kids showed a lot of heart," Sublette coach Matt Ziegler said. "Down by 10 with three minutes left, they fought back to only lose by three."

Defensively, holding Meade to just 49 points, was a victory in itself, Ziegler said.

Sublette will face Cimarron for third place.

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Boys championship semifinals

South Gray 9 15 14 10 -- 48

Cimarron 8 12 3 10 -- 33

South Gray — R. Martens 7-12 2-4 16, Mosher 2-9 0-0 5, Love 3-10 2-4 8, Watkins 4-4 0-0 8, Moser 0-1 1-2 1, Hendricks 2-7 0-0 5, Hedlund 0-1 0-0 0, Holloway 2-5 1-1 5. Totals 14-40 3-6 33.

Cimarron — Franzitta 3, Hoskinson 2, Trevino 4, Woofter 2, Boersma 7, Fairbank 3, Neuschafer 6, Siek 6.

3-pt. goals — South Gray 2 (Mosher 1, Hendricks 1), Cimarron 2 (Fairbank 1, Siek 1). Rebounds — South Gray 22 (Love 6), Cimarron 19 (Boersma 4). Turnovers — South Gray 11, Cimarron 15.

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Meade 49, Sublette 46

Sublette 14 10 12 10 -- 46

Meade 14 11 13 11 -- 49

Sublette — Tra. Leverett 21, White 9, Lower 6, Williamson 9, Birney 1.

Meade — Hernandez 2, C. Little 3, Cordes 13, Hardaway 2, Davis 10, Ta. Wiens 9, R. Friesen 6, Gleason 4.

3-pt. goals — Sublette 4 (White 1, Williamson 3), Meade 2 (Cordes 2). Free throws — Sublette 4-12, Meade 7-14.

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Boys consolation semifinals

Bucklin 48, Deerfield 41

Bucklin 12 18 6 12 -- 48

Deerfield 8 6 18 7 -- 41

Bucklin — Rudd 9, Seacat 10, Vasquez 11, Torline 8, Demerett 4, Ledesma 6.

Deerfield — Matta 12, Atguette 2, Wood 17, Dinkel 2, J. Calderon 3, A. Calderon 5.

3-pt. goals — Bucklin 0, Deerfield 6 (Mata 4, J. Calderon 1, A. Calderon 1). Free throws — Bucklin 6-15, Deerfield 7-16.

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Healy 44, Satanta 23

Satanta 4 1 11 7 -- 23

Healy 21 8 9 6 -- 44

Satanta — Aragon 3, Miller 4, Mirarhontes 7, Leggett 2, Caro 1, Chavez 6.

Healy — Bennett 9, Wright 3, O. Hernandez 8, L. Hernandez 6, Sunley 3, Ellis 5, J. Barnett 1, York 9.

3-pt. goals — Satanta 1 (Mirarhontes 1), Healy 1 (Ellis 1). Free throws — Satanta 6-21, Healy 11-21.