Friday night was a very good night in the Indiana High School Tournament for Purdue's three committed players:
- I was at the Carmel Sectional and saw the end of Ryan Cline's semifinal with Fishers. This was a classic. Carmel won 56-48 in double overtime behind 30 points from Cline. It was Cline who saved No. 2 rated Carmel (21-2) too. He connected on two free throws with 8 seconds left to send the game to overtime. He then twice hit tying three-pointers in the first overtime with his team trailing by three. With less than five seconds left and his team down one he lost control on a drive, but managed to get a pass to teammate Trenton Richardson in the post. Richardson was fouled with 2.3 seconds left and hit one of two shots to send it to the second OT. He is going to be a great fit for Purdue as a role player because he is an unselfish teammate and should thrive with teams not focusing on him. He has grown his game and made a huge play by forcing a five second call with his team down one and Fishers having the ball with 27.8 seconds left in OT. He can also score off the dribble too, making him more than a shooter. Carmel will play Hamilton Southeastern for the title Saturday night at home. Carmel beat HSE 48-31 during the season.
- C.J. Walker had 34 points for defending State Champion Indianapolis Tech in a 74-72 double overtime win over Indianapolis Cathedral and Eron Gordon. The scoring gives the junior more than 1,000 points for his career, and he is closing the season very strong. Tech will play Lawrence North and 2017 target Kris Wilkes for the Sectional title Saturday night at Lawrence Central. Lawrence North beat Tech 98-86 in the regular season.
- Grant Weatherford had 28 points, five rebounds, and three assists as Hamilton Heights beat Muncie Central 75-68. The Huskies will now play Yorktown at Muncie Central for the sectional title.
- Caleb Swanigan - Homestead beat Fort Wayne South 76-57 behind 16 points and 14 rebounds from Swanigan. Homestead appears to be on a collision course with Carmel in next week's regional final at Marion. Homestead will play Jay County Saturday and is HEAVILY favored.
- Joey Brunk & Paul Scruggs - Southport beat Ben Davis 45-27 with 13 points coming from Scruggs. They now get Pike in the Perry Meridian Sectional final, and that is a rematch of the Marion County Tournament semifinal that Pike won 92-86 in quadruple overtime.
- Kris Wilkes - The top 25 2017 forward will face Walker Saturday night after Lawrence North beat Lawrence Central 53-48 Friday night, eliminating Kyle Guy. I can't find any stats for Wilkes, however.
- Zach Gunn - 2017 prospect Zach Gunn of Hamilton Southeastern had a huge game as they beat Zionsville 42-38. The 6'8" forward has 22 points and 13 rebounds, including 8 points in a critical 66 second stretch in the second half that pushed HSE's lead from three to 11. Gunn is a solid player that is probably one of the better 2017 player in Indiana.
- Jaren Jackson - Park Tudor beat Heritage Christian 54-35 to advance to the Shortridge sectional final against No. 3 Indy Scecina. Park Tudor is No. 1 in Class 2A. Jackson had only five points for Park Tudor, who is the defending champion in Class 2A and has won three of the last four titles there.