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A hot start and a swarming defense propelled Bishop Neumann to a 68-47 victory against city rival Wahoo on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, earning the Cavaliers the Class C-1 boys state championship.

Ben Simons led top-ranked Bishop Neumann (22-6) with 21 points, and senior Austin Woita contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and six steals.

Jake Scheef topped Wahoo (22-6) with 22 points, but the Warriors committed 23 turnovers, including eight in the first quarter. All the turnovers pushed Bishop Neumann out to an early 16-2 lead, and the Cavaliers were never caught.

It was the first state title for Bishop Neumann since 2003.

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