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MC Marquette wins 1A State Basketball Title

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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.

Chestertonís Ryan 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.

Richie Mitchell, 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, Westview 57

Four-year starter 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.

Greensburg 89,

Bowman Academy 76

The Greensburg 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 Eagles.

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 different classifications.

Greenburg turned 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 record.

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.

Indpls. Arsenal Tech 63,

Lake Central 59

After four 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 15 points.

Tye Wilburn topped Lake Central with 20 points, including 14 in the second half. Tyler Wideman collected 19 points and 12 rebounds.



Posted 3/31/2014