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March 10th, 2011
NORTH JUDSON â€” Three down, four to go.
With sectionals out of the way, North Judson-San Pierre basketball coach Ryan Bales said if youâ€™re not already thinking about a state championship, youâ€™re just not trying very hard.
CULVER â€” Winning championships is often a matter of peaking at the right time.
Culver Military Academy extended its win streak to eight games with its Sectional 19 championship victory over St. Josephâ€™s Saturday, and while the Eagles have played some solid basketball and even shown occasional spurts of brilliance in that stretch, head coach Mark Galloway believes he still hasnâ€™t seen his teamâ€™s best game yet.
BOURBON â€” Triton faces a historically tough field as the regional round of the 101st Annual IHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament convenes this weekend.
The Trojans (20-3) take on Pioneer (15-9) in the afternoon game following the tournament opener between Morgan Township (19-4) and Fort Wayne Canterbury (17-4) with the championship slated for 7:30 p.m. EST.
If recent history is any indicator, the ultimate prize could be even bigger than a regional title. The past four champions eventually went on to the Class A state finals, where three of the four claimed state supremacy.
PLYMOUTH â€” Two weeks ago Culver Community made program history with its first-ever regional girls basketball championship.
On Saturday, neighboring Culver Military Academies bucked its own historical trend, capturing its first sectional championship since joining the IHSAA state series 36 years ago, with a 66-57 victory over South Bend St. Josephâ€™s in the Class 3A Sectional 19 final at Plymouth.
BOURBON â€” Westvilleâ€™s Kevin Stone-Tharp pulled down Clay Yeo from behind in the third quarter, depriving the Triton star of one of his patented breakaway dunks.
That was about the only thing denied Yeo and the No. 2 Trojans Saturday.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, hauled in seven rebounds and swarmed the floor defensively to lead Triton to its fourth straight Class A Boys Basketball Sectional 50 crown, 65-37 over the Blackhawks at The Trojan Trench Saturday.
TOPEKA â€” Bremen played its best quarter of the season in Saturdayâ€™s Class 2A sectional final against host Westview. Unfortunately for the Lions, it couldnâ€™t make up for the first half.
Down 18 points at halftime, Bremen cut Westviewâ€™s lead to four in the third quarter. The Lions got no closer, as Justin Jantziâ€™s 30 points propelled the No. 7 Warriors to a 56-46 victory.
To Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski, the competitive loss coupled with Fridayâ€™s win over Fairfield showed what the Lions could do with the proper mindset.
PLYMOUTH â€” Culver Military Academy rallied past Mishawaka Marian for a 55-51 reprisal victory, while South Bend St. Josephâ€™s used suffocating defense to knock out defending champion Plymouth in Class 3A Sectional 19 semifinal action at The Rock Friday.
The Eagles and the Indians will face off in the championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
ST. JOE 57, PLYMOUTH 44
The old adage goes that the best defense is a good offense, but St. Joe showed that sometimes good defense can make for a pretty good offense, too.
TOPEKA â€” Bremen point guard Ben Hueni willed his team to victory with 16 second-half points as the Lions beat Fairfield 50-43, while the Class 2A No. 7 host Warriors outscored LaVille 41-24 in the second half of the other semifinal for a 64-51 at Westview Friday night.
BREMEN 50, FAIRFIELD 43
Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski had a simple message for his team going into Friday nightâ€™s sectional match-up with Fairfield â€” one win, and the Lions would play for a championship.
Bremen will do just that Saturday night.
BOURBON â€”Â Second-ranked Triton continued its recent dominance of Class A Boys Basketball Sectional 50, although not without a scare.
Meanwhile, a 29-percent mark from the field and 27 points from Westvilleâ€™s Dan Warnke doomed Argos in a 64-40 loss in the second sectional semifinal Friday at The Trojan Trench.
The host Trojans, 46-39 winners over South Central behind five 3-pointers from senior Griffyn Carpenter, seek their fourth consecutive crown tonight in a championship-round clash with Westville at 7 p.m.
TRITON 46, SOUTH CENTRAL 39
PLYMOUTH â€” She wasnâ€™t quite able to push her team to victory, but Ancillaâ€™s Rebecca Bunkowfst capped off her sophomore season on a personal high note Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers sophomore guard knocked down her first seven attempts from deep on her way to a career-high 23 points and the single-game team record for 3-pointers as Ancillaâ€™s season closed with a 63-56 overtime loss at Lake Michigan Community College Tuesday.