CCS Eagles win MAC championship
     2014-02-20      By The Gering Citizen   
Courtesy Photo - The Community Christian Eagles claimed the Minuteman Activities Conference (MAC) junior high boys basketball title. Members and coaches are, front row, Jace Pauli and Cameron Geary; middle row, Coach Chris Cooper, Coach Michelle Rairigh, Nick Watkins, Kristian Hughes, Coach Chris Geary and back row, Nathan Harms, Conner McCracken and Jeremiah Delzer. 
OSHKOSH — The Community Christian School Junior High Boys Basketball team won the MAC Championship Saturday, Feb. 15 in Oshkosh. The Eagles began the tournament with a convincing win in the first round over Minatare 52-11. On Saturday, the CCS boys took the court against the host Garden County Eagles for their semi-final game, and posted a 25-10 win.

The finals saw the Eagles meet the Leyton Warriors in a rematch from their regular season game held Jan. 21. CCS won that contest 40-31. Leyton exploded to a 16-0 lead behind the hot hand of Jaydin Gartner, who was 4-4 from three point range in the first two minutes. However, the CCS Eagles settled in offensively and shut down the Warriors defensively. The Eagles own 10-0 run ended the first quarter with the Eagles trailing 16-10. The Eagles held their opponent to five points in the second and third quarters and only three points in the final stanza. With their leading scorer, Conner McCracken, on the bench with four fouls for most of the third quarter, the Eagles managed consistent scoring of seven, ten and seven in the final three quarters to come away with the 34-29 victory and their first MAC Championship.

Game/Scoring Summaries:

Minatare 2 7 0 2 - 11
CCS 14 11 17 10 - 52
Minatare: Gilbert - 8, Robert - 3
CCS:Geary 4, Delzer 8, Harms 16, Hughes 2, McCracken 16, Watkins-6

Garden County 1 2 1 6 - 10
CCS 2 9 6 8 - 25
Garden County:Stanczyk 1, McCormick 3, Lake 6
CCS: Geary 2, Delzer 2, Harms 4, McCracken 8, Watkins 9

Leyton 16 5 5 3 - 29
CCS 10 7 10 7 - 34
Leyton: Gartner 22, Spence 1, Tafoya 6
CCS: Geary 4, Delzer 3, Harms 14, McCracken 10, Watkins 3

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