INDIANAPOLIS – A trio of close outcomes and one record-setting high-scoring contest highlighted the 103rd edition of the Boys Basketball State Finals on Saturday.
The quartet of Borden, Bowman Academy, Greensburg and Carmel each walked out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the coveted title of state champions.
Borden topped Triton 55-50 in the Class 1-A final to claim the school’s first-ever state title in any team sport.
Bowman Academy set a single-game scoring record by outscoring Linton-Stockton 86-73 in the Class 2-A final. The 86 points broke the 2-A title game mark of 79 set by Park Tudor in 2012 against none other than Bowman Academy. Davon Dillard led No. 7 Bowman Academy, which finishes at 18-9, with 24 points. Austin Karazsic led No. 10 Linton-Stockton with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Greensburg rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final half to edge Fort Wayne Concordia 73-70 in the Class 3-A finale. No. 2 Greensburg trailed by 12 points in the third quarter before its comeback. Bryant McIntosh, one of five underclassmen starters, led Greensburg with 25 points. D.J. McCall led No. 7 Concordia with 17 points. Greensburg finishes at 26-1 and Concordia ends at 23-5.
Powerful and top-ranked Carmel repeated as Class 4-A champions with a 57-53 win over Cathedral. James Crowley hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to seal the win for Carmel, which finishes at 25-2. Michael Volovic led Carmel with 19 points. Jalen Coleman led Cathedral, which finishes at 25-6, with 14 points.
Carmel has now won a state record total of 113 state championships.
Four players earned the prestigious Trester Mental Attitude Awards on Saturday. Selected for the honor, which recognizes one senior from each of the four classes for contributions on and off the court, were Michael Lynch (Borden), Austin Karazsis (Linton-Stockton), Thomas Starks (Fort Wayne Concordia) and Michael Volovic (Carmel).