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When he graduated from high school, he wasn’t even sure he wanted to play basketball in college. When he left Lebanon High, he was just a boy.

Justin Baker became the best basketball player that he possibly could.

On Friday at Lebanon Valley College’s Lou Sorrentino Gymnasium, Baker’s organized basketball career came to an end with an 82-77 loss to Albright in the MAC Commonwealth championship game. The Flying Dutchmen’s senior guard and former Cedar tallied 24 points in his final career game.

Baker made ten of his 13 field goal attempts, including a three-pointer, pulled down seven rebounds, handed out three assists and came up with a steal in his 38 minutes of playing time.

During his senior campaign, Baker averaged 13.4 points per game, made an incredible 57 percent of his shots from the field and shot free throws at an 83 percent clip.

Recently, LVC head coach Brad McAlester characterized Baker as one of the most improved players he had ever coached.

  • Jeff Falk

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