Sixteen schools cut down the nets Saturday as regional championships were decided throughout the state in the 106th-annual IHSAA boys basketball tournament.
Four schools from the Connersville area all saw their seasons come to an end. The Spartans lost to 6th-rated Southport, 42-35, in the second semifinal at Southport Fieldhouse.
CHS fell behind 23-8, but refused to go away, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 26-25 after three quarters. The Spartans were within 33-29 in the final 1:09 but Paul Scruggs, Southport’s standout guard, made 3-of-4 free throws and threw down a slam after a steal to put an end to Connersville’s season.
Coach Kerry Brown’s team finishes the season 21-6.
Southport blasted Terre Haute South, 74-44, in the title game and advance to the semistate and a matchup with No. 1 New Albany (25-1). That game will be played at Tiernan Center in Richmond or at Seymour, according to the IHSAA, which will announce semistate sites Sunday.
Terre Haute South made it to the championship game at Southport by beating No. 3 Indianapolis North Central, 94-82.
Greensburg, a member of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference along with Connersville, was defeated by No. 8 Silver Creek 52-42 in a Class 3A semifinal at Washington. The Pirates close the season at 16-8. Evansville Bosse won that regional, beating Silver Creek 60-57.
At Greenfield-Central, No. 4 Northeastern lost to 7th-ranked Indianapolis Howe, 55-53, in a Class 2A championship game. The Knights, who finish the season 23-5, routed Cloverdale, 94-74, to get to the final. Howe beat Indianapolis Broad Ripple, 64-52, in its semifinal matchup.
In a battle between the top two teams in Class A, Richmond-based Seton Catholic, rated No. 2 and led by Mr. Basketball candidate Desmond Bane, fell to top-ranked Liberty Christian, 56-51, in a semifinal at Frankfort. Seton Catholic (23-4) lost to Lions, 55-49, during the regular season.
Liberty Christian (24-4) turned back Lafayette Central Catholic, 74-71 in overtime, to win the Frankfort championship. The Lions will play No. 7 Gary 21st Century (20-6) at Huntington or Lafayette Jeff.
Warsaw 46, Crown Point Point 33
Warsaw 79, South Bend Riley 74 (2 OT)
Crown Point 67, East Chicago Central 52
McCutcheon 85, Homestead 66
Homestead 56, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 52
McCutcheon 56, Carmel 54 (OT)
Southport 74, Terre Haute South 44
Terre Haute South 94, Indianapolis North Central 82
Southport 42, Connersville 35
New Albany 84, Evansville Reitz 70
New Albany 73, Bloomington South 66 (OT)
Evansville Reitz 81, Franklin Central 80
Griffith 41, Mishawaka Marian 24
Mishawaka Marian 55, Twin Lakes 51
Griffith 61, Northwestern 35
Marion 67, NorthWood 62
Marion 67, Columbia City 39
NorthWood 44, Angola 40
Tri-West 64, Indianapolis Brebeuf 50
Tri-West 71, Northview 60
Indianapolis Brebeuf 66, Indianapolis Park Tudor 56
Evansville Bosse 60, Silver Creek 57
Silver Creek 52, Greensburg 42
Evansville Bosse 62, Pike Central 53
Fort Wayne Canterbury 65, Hammond Noll 62
Hammond Noll 58, Michigan City Marquette 55
Fort Wayne Canterbury 54, Westview 41
Lapel 52, Oak Hill 51
Oak Hill 59, Covington 30
Lapel 62, Eastern (Greentown) 35
Indianapolis Howe 55, Northeastern 53
Northeastern 94, Cloverdale 74
Indianapolis Howe 64, Indianapolis Broad Ripple 52
Providence 50, Linton-Stockton 44
Providence 45, South Spencer 43
Linton-Stockton 62, North Decatur 38
Gary 21st Century 82, South Newton 66
Gary 21st Century 74, Triton 62
South Newton 51, Fort Wayne Blackhawk 46
Liberty Christian 74, Lafayette Central Catholic 71 (OT)
Lafayette Catholic 70, North Vermillion 59
Liberty Christian 56, Seton Catholic (Richmond) 51
Bloomfield 51, Indianapolis Tindley 37
Indianapolis Tindley 53, Southwestern (Shelby) 49
Bloomfield 41, Indianapolis Arlington 40 (OT)
West Washington 63, Wood Memorial 50
Wood Memorial 65, Rock Creek Academy 62 (2 OT)
West Washington 45, North Daviess 43
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