The Michigan City
Marquette Catholic Blazers, in their first appearance in the boys basketball
state finals, made it memorable with a 3-point barrage and a stirring 70-66
overtime victory over the Barr-Reeve Vikings in the Class A title game.
Fazekas, a 6-foot-8 junior, provided most of the fireworks for Marquette. He
scored 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field.
Fazekas hit a Class
A championship game record 7-of-11 3-pointers and grabbed 10 rebounds.
With 2:11 left in
overtime, Fazekas connected on a deep two-pointer that pushed Marquette
ahead by a 66-62 count. Then, in the final 15 seconds, with Marquette
clinging to a two-point edge, Fazekas made a steal that resulted in a
fast-break bucket by Braxton Miller.
with 10 points, was the only other Blazer in double digits.
The two teams
combined to hit 18 3-pointers for a finals record, and 11 for Marquette in
22 attempts also set a title-game mark.
Park Tudor 84,
Trevon Bluiett and the Park Tudor Panthers applied the finishing touches to
an impressive triple in Class 2A. Three boys basketball state championships
in four seasons are no small accomplishment.
In the 2014 finale,
Bluiett totaled 38 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers captured an 84-57
victory over the Westview Warriors. Bluiett led a Park Tudor attack that set
a 2A record with 56.4 percent shooting from the floor, including a record 14
3-pointers in 27 attempts. Park Tudor's 27-point margin of victory also set
a 2A mark.
Bluiett averaged a
state-leading 35.6 points for this season's Panthers, who topped the state
with an 82.0 ppg mark. Bluiett's 38 points in the final represented a 2A
record. He totaled 84 points -- an average of 28 per game -- in his state
final appearances as a freshman, sophomore and senior.
Bowman Academy 76
Pirates probed Bowman Academy's full-court defense, found the openings and
set a Class 3A championship game scoring record with an 89-76 victory over
The outcome meant a
second consecutive state championship for the Pirates. Bowman, the 2013
champion in 2A and the 2010 champ in Class A, was denied its opportunity to
become the first boys basketball team to win a state title in three
the ball over 22 times against Bowman's withering pressure. But when the
Pirates broke the press, they generally located good shots on the way to
56.4 percent shooting (31-of-55) from the field. They hit 57.1 percent
(12-of-21) on 3-pointers.
Sean Sellers led
the Pirates with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Rigney hit 23 points. Ryan
Welage had 21 points. Bryant McIntosh had 11 assists, tying a 3A title-game
For Bowman Academy,
Davon Dillard led the way with 21 points. Austin Daniels added 14, and
Anthony Cole had 12. Justin King and Arthur Haggard III each contributed 11
points. King grabbed 11 rebounds.
Lake Central 59
runner-up finishes in state boys basketball, the Indianapolis Arsenal
Technical Titans had their photo taken this time with the championship
trophy in hand.
Tech captured a
frenetic 63-59 victory over the Lake Central Indians in the Class 4A title
game. The Titans, after leading by as many as 23 points in the third
quarter, had to hold off a furious Lake Central rally that saw the Indians
pull within three, 62-59, with 11 seconds left in the game. But a free throw
by Tech's Trey Lyles then gave the Titans the breathing room they needed.
Jeremie Tyler led
Tech with 19 points. Lyles had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mikey Jones scored
Tye Wilburn topped
Lake Central with 20 points, including 14 in the second half. Tyler Wideman
collected 19 points and 12 rebounds.