Derrick Anderson and his Boardman teammates knew an All-American Conference Red Tier championship was on the line when they took to their home court on Friday night. They played as if there was no doubt as to that crown belonged to in a 74-53 victory over Warren Harding.
The league title is the 19th for the Spartans (15-3, 8-0).
“We challenged the guys to try and play their best game,” Boardman coach Pat Birch said. “I don’t we think we’ve played a better half than we did in that first half. The defense was there. The pressure was there. Everything we’ve been trying to do all year was there.”
The Spartans opened on a 13-0 run in which Che Trevena netted seven points and Anderson tallied six as the point men of the Boardman press.
“We had lots of energy,” Anderson said. “We wanted to win the conference championship. It started with our defense. We pressured them. The ball just found us.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.