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SPASH-TACULAR: Panthers repeat as State champions

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The SPASH Panthers made history tonight, defeating Muskego in the WIAA Division I Boys State final, 89-64, completing a perfect season en route to back-to-back State titles.

The Panthers came out firing in the first half, scoring 41 points. In the second, they stayed in full attack mode, scoring 48 more to see the victory through. SPASH had four double-digit scorers on the night: Sam Houser (23), Trev Anderson (20), Joey Houser (13), and Drew Blair (11).

"We're going to enjoy this for a while," Panthers coach Scott Anderson said following his team's historic victory at the Kohl Center in Madison. "I said last night we wanted to make one more memory tonight, and I thought they really did -- I thought they were outstanding. Great defensively, unbelievably offensive..."

The victory was win 100 for SPASH's decorated seniors, undoubted solidifying them as one of Wisconsin's all-time greatest high school basketball teams. 

Two of SPASH's most talented players, seniors Trev Anderson and Sam Houser, had been playing with one another since elementary school. Tonight's game was their last game together, as Anderson will take the court for UW-Green Bay next year, while Houser has committed to Marquette .

"We've been playing together since like fourth grade now," Anderson said after the game."This is a bitter-sweet moment for us. We've worked so hard this season, and in the off-season, to make our dream come true... on this stage, to play this well... can't put it into words."

"No other way you would want it... to go out undefeated," Houser said. "And playing next to my best friend Trev since fourth grade... it brings lots of tears of joy."

   

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