It was a busy day around the state for regional Saturday, and there were a couple of surprises. Let’s get to the scores:
South Bend Riley 44, Valparaiso 36
#10 Gary West 68, Elkhart 34
Championship: #10 Gary West 58, South Bend Riley 43
2022 Purdue Target Jalen Washington had a big day as Gary West wins its first regional in 16 years:
West Side wins regional at Michigan City. West Side 58, South Bend Riley 43. Jalen Washington (21 points) sensational with a couple of dunks and a trio of 3-pointers. Blake Wesley led Riley with 23 points. #NWIpreps— TomKeeganMU (@keegan_mu) March 14, 2021
#2 Carmel 60, #1 Homestead 49
#8 Lafayette Jeff 52, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 46
Championship: #2 Carmel 50, #8 Lafayette Jeff 49
Undefeated # 1 Homestead and Fletcher Loyer goes down to Carmel, who at this point is inevitable. Loyer had 26 of Homestead’s 49 and Illinois-bound Luke Goode had 15. In the night game Northwestern-bound Brooks Barnhizer and Lafayette Jeff had Carmel on the ropes, but the Greyhounds scored late and won on this defensive stop:
Final play. Brooks Barnhizer thought he had Jacob Collicott for an open layup. Carmel poked it away. pic.twitter.com/KLWlnWgnqe— Sam King (@samueltking) March 14, 2021
#3 Lawrence North 58, Ben Davis 44
#6 Plainfield 61, Mount Vernon (Fortville) 52
Championship: #3 Lawrence North 43, #6 Plainfield 39
Eight dunks for Lawrence North’s DJ Hughes? Damn!
Class 4A regional final at Southport: Lawrence North 43, Plainfield 39. DJ Hughes 21 points, 8 dunks. CJ Gunn 5 points, 5 rebs, 2 steals. #iubb— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) March 14, 2021
Bloomington South 51, Jeffersonville 50
Evansville Reitz 63, Center Grove 61 OT
Championship: Bloomington South 49, Evansville Reitz 31
A couple of very close morning games gave way to a comfortable win for Bloomington South. It is South’s first regional win since 2011 when they went on to win state.
#5 South Bend St. Joseph 84, Twin Lakes 58
#1 Hammond 51, New Prairie 34
Championship: #5 South Bend St. Joseph 79, #1 Hammond 71 OT
Another Number 1 goes down. Hammond led by 13 at halftime over St. Joseph but could not hold on. St. Joseph wins its first regional title since 1993.
NorthWood 44, New Castle 42
#9 Leo 79, Mississinewa 43
Championship: #9 Leo 47, NorthWood 46
A controversial ending gives Leo its first regional title in school history:
Wow. Middleton misses. Brenner rebounds. Goes the length of the court, makes a layup - but a foul call against Leo away from the ball before the shot. NorthWood with 1.3 seconds left— Austin Hough (@AustinHoughTGN) March 14, 2021
Northview 63, Beech Grove 52
#6 Guerin Catholic 52, Greencastle 41
Championship: #6 Guerin Catholic 59, Northview 43
No real surprise here. Guerin was the strongest team in the field and wins its first regional since 2015.
#2 Silver Creek 52, #4 Heritage Hills 48
Connersville 46, #7 Sullivan43
Championship: #2 Silver Creek 31, Connersville 30
Connersville almost pulls off the shocker of beating two ranked teams in one day, but Trey Kaufman ultimately moves on. First, let’s get ready to see this next year:
Big time play by a BIG TIME PLAYER....— (812)-H PS! (@BbalEvv) March 13, 2021
Silver Creek senior and Purdue recruit Trey Kaufman-Renn drives baseline and throws down a big ONE HAND FLUSH for 2 of his 21 points vs Heritage Hills in the 3A Washington Regional. @scdragonsports pic.twitter.com/C5mAflUehj
In the night game he had 16 as Silver Creek escaped in the upset:
—FINAL—— Matt Denison (@HoosierHills) March 14, 2021
Silver Creek 31
Absolutely thrilling game! Trey Kaufman-Renn finished with 16 and Kooper Jacobi nine for the Dragons.
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Bowman Academy 52, Boone Grove 50
#1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 68, Churubusco 55
Championship: #1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 68, Bowman Academy 52
Caleb Furst has no trouble with a pair of double digit wins to move on to the semi-state again. He had 23 in the championship game and a very big morning game:
Big time @calebfurst!— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 13, 2021
32 & 19 in this morning’s win.
#8 Blackford 52, Wapahani 45
Rossville 47, #10 Rochester 30
Championship: #8 Blackford 68, Rossville 59
Luke Brown will now get a real shot at 3,000 career points. He had 33 in the championship and 17 in the morning win to move to 2,977 for his career. Catching Bailey is now likely out of the question, but with 43 more points he can reach 2nd all-time in state history. It is Blackford’s first ever regional title.
#5 Parke Heritage 47, Triton Central 30
#2 Shenandoah 82, #7 Covenant Christian 52
Championship: #5 Parke Heritage 52, Shenandoah 33
Parke Heritage wins its first regional ever in a mild upset. The school itself is a recent consolidation of Rockville and Turkey Run, so they have not been around long, but they are now a regional champ.
Parke Heritage wins its first regional crown 52-33 over Shenandoah! pic.twitter.com/oyBljOtx07— Dylan Trimpe (@Trimp3) March 14, 2021
Southridge 43, Paoli 35
Southwestern (Hanover) 59, #6 Linton-Stockton 58
Championship: Southridge 61, Southwestern (Hanover) 48
Southridge uses its home court advantage to win its first regional since 1986, when they made their second of two straight Final Four trips during the one class era.
Triton 64, Caston 52 2OT
#3 Kouts 66, Fremont 62
Championship: #3 Kouts 56, Triton 42
Normally high scoring Kouts was limited, but still won its first regional since 2001.
Lafayette Central Catholic 67, Cowan 63
Southwood 79, Seton Catholic 59
Championship: Southwood 54, Lafayette Central Catholic 53
Carson Rich hits a game-winner for Southwood!
FINAL: Southwood 54, Central Catholic 53— Eric Gardner (@INPrep) March 14, 2021
Carson Rich with a game-winner. That was a big time shot because it was not easy, fading to his left from about 15' off an BLOB.
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 57, Bethesda Christian 50
#8 Indianapolis Tindley 65, Shakamak 43
Championship: #8 Indianapolis Tindley 50, Southwestern (Shelbyville) 48
Eric Hunter Jr.’s old school advances to the semi-state for the first time since they won the state title with him in 2017.
#1 Barr-Reeve 63, Trinity Lutheran 38
Lanesville 73, Evansville Day 51
Championship: #1 Barr-Reeve 64, Lanesville 34
The Barr-Reeve machine rolls on with no trouble whatsoever.