It was a busy day at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as all four class champions were crowned. It was also a good day for Jaren Jackson and Caleb Swanigan, both of whom have Purdue scholarship offers.
Barr-Reeve 65, Marquette Catholic 50
It is not surprising that Barr-Reeve reversed last year's overtime loss to Marquette in the Class A title game. What was a surprise was how easily they did it. Providence recruit Ryan Fazekas was held to 13 points after going for more than 30 last year. Duncan Roy had 17 for Barr-Reeve to lead them. The Vikings led 16-9 after one and 34-20 at halftime, so they were able to hang on to a big lead for their first state championship after four runner-up finishes. Ethan Duncheon of Barr-Reeve won the Trester Mental Attitude Award.
Park Tudor 73, Frankton 46
It was easy for Park Tudor to win a second straight Class 2A title. They also became the first program in the 105 year history of the tournament to win four championships in five years. Bryce Moore had 31 for Park Tudor as the Panthers led 34-25 at halftime and pulled away throughout the second half. Jackson, who has a 2017 Purdue offer, had 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Austin Compton had 22 points for Frankton, while Cameron & Connor Bates, twins for Frankton, won the Trester Award.
Guerin Catholic 62, Frankton 56
The IHSAA dodged a bullet and won't have to strip a state championship from Griffith if the court ruling mentioned in the preview is overturned. Matt Holba had 29 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 assists to lead Guerin to its second state championship. Teammate Matt Labus won the Trester Award, too. Holba added the clinching free throws as Guerin closed the game on a 12-3 run in the last 3 minutes for the win.
Homestead 91, Evansville Reitz 90 OT
This was a hell of a ballgame. Reitz held a 10-point lead late in regulation and six point lead with less than 90 seconds to go, but consecutive steals after a basket led to scores and Homestead was able to send the game to overtime. Homestead hit a pair of free throws with 9 seconds left, giving them a four point lead. A long three-pointer cut it to one, but since the clock does not stop after a made basket in the high school game Homestead did not have to inbound the ball for the win since Reitz was out of timeouts.
Caleb Swanigan did not play well. He was held in check most of the night, but still had a monster game and took over in the overtime. He closed with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.
This was an off game for him.
It was the first time ever that the Class 4A state title game had gone to overtime.