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Undefeated Sweetwater still rolling

03/04/2014, 11:07pm PST
By Bill Dickens, Special to the U-T

Red Devils standout celebrates with some interesting bling

Sweetwater's Spencer Mattox (shown in a game earlier this season) scored 29 points in the Red Devils' semifinal win over Foothills Christian on Tuesday night.

— Sweetwater senior Spencer Mattox was sporting memorable postgame jewelry, of sorts, after the Red Devils gained their 28th consecutive victory in an undefeated season that continued with Tuesday’s San Diego Section Division III semifinal win over visiting Foothills Christian 61-54.

This particular jewelry is not known for its glamour or glitter. In fact, what Mattox wore was a basketball net cut off the rim when Sweetwater won its last section championship in 1988-89.

“A friend of one of my teammates gave me the net right after we won the game,” Mattox said. “I’m wearing it with pride.”

Of course, Mattox earned the honor by scoring a game-high 29 points, grabbing five rebounds, recording three assists and four steals and, most importantly, making 8 of 11 free throws in the second half.

Sweetwater jumped in front 7-0 and never trailed. Foothills Christian (18-9) trailed by as many as 13 but was never out of the game until the final minute.

A major setback for the Knights occurred when T.J. Leaf fouled out with 3:03 to play. Leaf departed with 22 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Point guard Caleb Hoffman attempted to pick up the slack for Foothills Christian as he scored 16 points, including 4 of 5 free throws. Hoffman also had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

C.J. Cadua chipped in 12 points for Sweetwater, which will play in the Division III finals against Kearny on Friday at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

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