Boys: Pivotal win at CJI between bruising battles with FB & Chinook

The regular season in District 9C boys basketball has clearly become a two-team race for the top seed to the tournament followed by six teams that really could knock any of the others off on any given night.

Big Sandy wants to emerge in the league's upper half and took an important step in that direction Friday with a thrilling 58-57 win at Chester-Joplin-Inverness. The Pioneers (3-6) thus avenged a 15-point loss at home to the Hi-Line Hawks earlier in the season. The win gave notice neither CJI nor Box Elder can rest easy about remaining ahead of Big Sandy for tourney seeding.

"We played real...