By Brent Johnson

For the fifth time in school history, the Jefferson boys took home a state basketball championship.

The Eagles, making their first Final Four appearance since 2011, knocked off Dora, 75-65, to claim the 2019 MSHSAA Class 1 Title on March 9 at JQH Arena in Springfield.

Strong starts were a recurring theme for Jefferson over the weekend. The Eagles went 7-for-8 from the field in the opening quarter and drained four three-point baskets to jump out to a 21-10 lead.

“The only thing we ever talk about offensively is taking care of the ball and getting a good shot every time down the floor,” head coach Tim Jermain said. “When we get a good shot, we want to take it and shoot it with confidence and I thought we did that really well.”

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