Carmel has repeated as the Class 4A state champion in Indiana. The Greyhounds built a very early double-digit lead and held on during a late rally from Cathedral to win 57-53. James Crowley clinched the game with a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds left after the Fighting Irish had cut the lead down to two.
Carmel led by as much as 18 in the first half, while Cathedral was never able to move in front. Sophomore Jalen Coleman, who is regarded as the top player in Indiana in the class of 2015, led Cathedral with 15 points, but Indiana Hoosiers signee Collin Hartman was held in check throughout. Hartman was scoreless until beating the third quarter buzzer with a 30-footer. He finished with only eight points.
Coleman has received a large number of offers already from many schools in the Big Ten. He had 9 of Cathedral's 15 first half points as the Irish trailed 21-6 after one quarter and 30-15 after two.
Michael Volovic, who will walk-on to the Butler Bulldogs next season, led Carmel with 19 points. He also won the Trester Award for Mental Attitude. He was part of a Carmel effort that uncharacteristically struggled down the stretch from the line. Against Kokomo in the regional Carmel missed just one free throw, but tonight they were just 16 of 25 from the line, and that was enough to keep Cathedral barely alive. The Irish outscored Carmel 25-18 in the final quarter, but it was not enough.
Ryan Cline set the early pace for Carmel by hitting three three-pointer in the game's first four minutes. He would finish with 11, while Crowley would finish with 14.
Garrett Hall also had 14 for Cathedral.