While Purdue was busy taking out the defending national champions in Hartford the potential future of the program was on display at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The four state champions in Indiana were crowned today, and one Purdue target was dominant in winning a state title.
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 60, Barr-Reeve 43
These two played an overtime game back in December but today Blackhawk ran away with this one. 2021 target Caleb Furst had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks for Blackhawk as they captured their first ever state title. He finished 7 of 14 from the floor. Blackhawk led 17-8 after one and 30-17 at the half as they put away Barr-Reeve early.
Andrean 59, Linton-Stockton 54
This was a back and forth game throughout with nine ties and five lead changes. Linton-Stockton led 54-53 with 1:22 left when Andrean’s John Carrothers connected on two free throws. Linton-Stockton was unable to score the rest of the way and Nicholas Flesher hit four free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Carrothers and Kyle Ross each had 16 points for Andrean while Tucker Hayes led Linton-Stockton with 15. It was Andrean’s first state title in basketball after multiple titles in baseball and football.
Silver Creek 52, Culver Academy 49
This one was not a free throw shooting clinic. Silver Creek was a dismal 9 of 26 from the line, but Culver was 9 of 20. Both teams miss multiple chances in the end but Silver Creek was able to hold on for its first state title in any sport. Zane Gross led Silver Creek with 15 while Culver’s Trey Galloway (a Purdue 2020 target) had 13 points, and 11 rebounds. Football target Deontae Craig also had 11 points and 7 rebounds for Culver.
Carmel 60, Ben Davis 55
Carmel wrapped up its fourth state title and third this decade with a close win over Ben Davis. Pete Suder led them with 14 points as they were incredibly balanced with four players in double figures. John Michael Malloy had 13 points and 6 rebounds. For Ben Davis Jalen Windham had 22 points while Dawand Jones (a soon to be tackle at Ohio State) had 16 points and 9 rebounds.