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Deerfield boys find redemption in win

Published 12/12/2009

By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

CIMARRON - Redemption is good for the soul...and for a basketball team.

After a disappointing loss in the opening round of the Bluejay Invitational on Wednesday, Deerfield coach Shane Burns was looking for a bit of redemption Friday, and he found it in the form of a win in the consolation semifinals with a 47-41 victory over Dighton.

All it took was a bit of ball handling and some good inside play to get it. Cris Martinez provided the ball control, and Cameron Cole, Brennan Wood and Julio Gonzalez provided the inside game.

It helped those four also combined for 43 of Deerfield's 47 points.

The Spartans opened up an eight-point lead in the first minute of the final period. Wood hit a little turnaround layup and Martinez put in a left-handed layup after a steal.

Dighton pulled within four points when C.J. Shaffer drained one of his four 3-pointers and Guy Fullmer added another basket.

But Deerfield was able to handle the Hornet press and take control. In fact, Martinez converted two late steals for layups and ran the spread offense late to seal the win.

With a 30-26 lead at the end of the third quarter, Burns challenged his team to make the run.

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Deerfield 47, Dighton 41

DEERFIELD - Martinez 8 2-5 18, Gonzalez 2 2-2 6, Rincon 1 0-0-2, Dinkel 0 0-2 0, deSantiago 1 0-0 2, Cole 6 1-1 13, Wood 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 5-10 47.

DIGHTON - Birney 1 0-0 2, Kuhlman 5 2-2 13, Shaffer 5 0-0 14, Linenberger 2 0-2 4, Fullmer 4 0-2 8. Totals 17 2-6 41.

Deerfield 18 6 6 17 -- 47

Dighton 11 7 8 15 -- 41

3-point goals: Deerfield 0; Dighton 5 (Kuhlman 1, Shaffer 4).

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Satanta 35, Healy 29 (OT)

SATANTA - Bauer 1 1-5 3, Freeman 4 5-8 13, Young 0 0-2 0, Miller 3 0-4 6, Caro 0 0-2 0, Essix 6 1-3 13. Totals 14 7-24 35.

HEALY - Bennett 4 2-8 10, Hernandez 2 0-0 5, Markouik 1 0-1 2, York 0 2-2 2, Silva 2 1-2 5, Barnett 1 3-8 5. Totals 10 8-21 29.

Satanta 6 11 6 5 7 — 35

Healy 7 6 3 12 1 — 29

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