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The Mavericks were simply the best from start to finish.

The top team in the Marshall basketball league captured the Division A championship sby beating defending champion Space Jam, 78-74 on Thursday at the Marshall Wellness Center. The Mavericks finished unbeaten at 17-0 while Space Jam went 11-6.

“It was great players on both sides,” Space Jam player/coach Jason “Byrd” Hayes said. “They came with a great defense. Cory Green (Space Jam shooting guard) went down with an ankle or like an Achilles injury at the end of the first half. He’s very impactful to the game.”

AJ Wade led the Mavericks with 20 points. Lorenzo Burse had 19 and Willie Lawson added 12.

In the Division B final, 2Slow4Show beat defending champion Hot Cheese Soup, 63-55. Small forward Josh Hillis led the winners with 23 points.

“We just played team basketball,” 2Slow4Show player/coach Chris Campbell said. “We were shooting 3s in the first half when they started out with zone defense. And in the second half, they went to man (defense) and we drove to the basket. We made a bunch of free throws down the stretch when they were fouling us.

“Chris Loepker, our center, was dominant. He was Shaq-like dominant. He had a triple double. His rebound and block line was stupid. He just controlled the paint and they couldn’t score down low.”

Marske & Crutch took the Division C championship over newcomer Hard Knox, 54-51. Nick Mastramico sank a 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime with an assist from Bob Gillis.

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