WILLIAMS -- It was shortly after their 39-point championship win in the Evergreen Federal Bank tournament title game that the Crater Comets boys basketball team turned their attention back to the task at hand: winning a state title.
With a bunch as talented as the Comets are, that goal is attainable. Highlight-reel machine Kiefer Edwards voiced the Comets' calm confidence in their ability to bring back a state title to Central Point.
"The first step is league. We're going to win that," Edwards said, "Then we're going to get into the tournament and win it all."
Edwards finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the championship performance. Even more impressive was freshman Nathan Bittle who scored 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Amazingly, 13 of his points came in the first quarter as he shot a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.
Mason Vranes added 15 points to go along with six assists and was named to the all-tournament team along with Edwards. His younger brother, Jayden Vranes, only a sophomore, came up with seven steals and seven assists.
The long-term picture is clear: the Comets believe they can and will win a state title. The short term seems pretty clear to them too.
"We're going to keep pushing the ball up the court and look for more dunks," Mason Vranes said, "We're going to look to create more highlight-reel plays."
If Saturday's showing was any indication, the highlight reel is just beginning.
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