Next week's four state championship games are set! After today's eight semi-state games, here are your matchups for next week:
Banker's Life Fieldhouse
No 3. Marquette Catholic (19-6) vs. No. 1 Barr-Reeve (26-1) 10:30 a.m.
Westview (23-4) vs. No. 1 Park Tudor (23-4) 1:45 p.m.
No. 3 Bowman Academy (22-4) vs. No. 1 Greenburg (27-1) 6 p.m.
No. 2 Indianapolis Tech (26-2) vs. No. 8 Lake Central (24-3) 8:30 p.m.
This all comes after a great day of basketball. Here is the recap:
Indianapolis Tech 75, Bloomington North 71
From all accounts this was a wild and crazy game. With just over 5minutes left in the third quarter Tech led by 30. The game was basically over, but in the final 13 minutes Bloomington North very nearly pulled off a miracle. After two missed free throws by Trey Lyles Bloomington North actually had the ball and a chance to tie at 74-71 with 30 seconds left. They even had it down to 70-67 with 1:25 left, so they erased 27 points of a 30 point lead in roughly 12 minutes.
Now get this: They did it with the handicap of Tom Crean's son on the roster.
Trey Lyles had a huge game of 27 points and 13 rebounds for Tech, while Jeremie Tyler scored his 1,000th point and became Tech's all-time three-point leader.
Lake Central 79, Homestead 57
Lake Central made its first state finals in 30 years and neither 4A finalist has ever won the title, so someone will be a first time champion next week. Lake Central blew this one open with a 20-7 run in the final four minutes. Caleb Swanigan had 22 points for Homestead in the loss. More importantly, coach Painter was indeed in the house to watch Swanigan.
Greensburg 74, Guerin Catholic 67
The game of the day certainly did not disappoint as defending 3A champion Greensburg fell behind big before coming back for the victory. Sean Sellers, who is going to Ball State, had 20 points and 11 rebounds as Greensburg was down 7 at one point in the fourth quarter. Bryant McIntosh, who isheaded to Northwestern next season, also had a big game for Greensburg with Chris Collins on hand watching. Aaron Brennan of Guerin, who signed with IUPUI, had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Bowman Academy 85, Ft. Wayne Dwenger 71
Bowman is back in the state finals for the third straight season and fourth time in five years. A victory next week would give them three state titles in three different classes as they won in 1A in 2010 and in 2A last season. Not bad for a school that did not play its first tournament game until 2009. Purdue 2015 target Davon Dillard had an amazing dunk in the final seconds and will be a focus next week when I am at the state finals.
Park Tudor 76, Clarksville 64
Xavier signee Trevon Bluiett did what he always does: he had a big game. He had 36 points and 18 rebounds for Park Tudor as they reached the state finals for the third time in four years. He helped Park Tudor get in front where they simply rolled from there.
Westview 65, Lewis Cass 58
Westview sets up a very interesting Class 2A final next week as they are a fundamentally sound defensive-minded team taking on a Park Tudor squad that loves to get out and run. Westview is also a two-time champ, winning in 1999 and 2000 with a team that was good enough back then to win the whole real tournament had it not been destroyed by class basketball.
Marquette Catholic 72, Liberty Christian 61
Providence 2015 recruit Ryan Fazekas had 15 points as Marquette outscored Liberty Christian 21-11 in the third quarter to pull away. It is the first ever trip to the state finals for the small Catholic school in Michigan City that had never won a sectional before 2000 and had never won a regional before this year.
Barr-Reeve 75, Clay City 55
Barr-Reeve is the most successful 1A program in the state without a state championship. This will be their fourth trip to Indianapolis in 12 years but they fell to Rossville in 2002, Oregon-Davis in 2007, and Bowman Academy in 2010.