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Convincing victories over Nicolet and Germantown last week gave the Cedarburg boys basketball team a long-sought conference championship.

The Bulldogs topped the Knights, 54-32, on Feb. 7 and the Warhawks, 65-52, on Feb. 10 to improve to 12-0 in the North Shore Conference and claim the outright crown. They led Homestead and Nicolet (7-5) by five games with just two to play.

Cedarburg had not won an outright title since 1967 in the old Braveland Conference and had not enjoyed a title of any kind since the 2002-03 season, when the Bulldogs shared the North Shore title with Nicolet.

They also snapped Germantown's streak of seven consecutive NSC crowns.

The Bulldogs had already wrapped up the title by the time they played Germantown on Feb. 10, so the game was not an exact changing of the guard, but it was a satisfying victory anyway.

"Germantown is much better than its record indicates, especially on its home floor," Cedarburg coach Tom Diener said.

John Diener led the way against the Warhawks, hitting 5-of-6 from 3-point range en route to 28 points. He also hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Clayton Van Tassel added 12 points and Jordan Johnson 11 points for Cedarburg, which connected on 24-of-30 free throws.

"This was a hard-fought win in a physical game," the coach said. "(Matt) Barber did a great job of fronting the post and, as a team, we were able to stay out on their shooters."

The Bulldogs clinched the NSC title in the victory over Nicolet. Diener scored 23 points, Johnson 15 and Jared Short 7 points.

"This was a great team effort again," coach Diener said. "We had outstanding team defense and rebounding. Diener did a great job of breaking their press and scoring big baskets when needed."

Cedarburg (18-2 overall) welcomes Grafton at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, then closes out the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Homestead.

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