KOPSEA’S KORNER HOOPS 16-17 – SEMISTATES

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COMPILED BY MATT KOPSEA

END OF THE ROAD

Gary 21st Century (19-9): Core’Von Lott managed only nine points for the Cougars in their 77-59 loss to top-ranked (Class 1A) Lafayette Central Catholic.

Marquette Catholic (19-10): Buddy Jaffee netted 17 points, but the Blazers came up short with a 77-75 overtime loss to Frankton.

Merrillville (21-8): Johnny Bernard’s 32 points could help the Pirates get over the hump in their 82-73 setback to No. 4 (Class 4A) Fort Wayne North.

HERE’S TO THE WINNERS

Crawford County (22-6): Adam Beasley led the way with 12 points as the Wolfpack clinched their first semistate crown with a 49-40 decision over Heritage Christian.

Fort Wayne North (27-2): Keion Brooks tallied 20 points against Merrillville as the Legends claimed their first semistate since 1965.

Frankton (22-6): Maurice Knight poured in 35 points against Marquette Catholic to lift the Eagles to their second semistate in the last three years.

Indianapolis Ben Davis (22-5): Joshua Brewer’s buzzer-beating three-pointer helped the Giants earn their first semistate since 1996 with a 77-74 victory over No. 8 (Class 4A) Castle.

Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (25-3): Jamal Harris scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 4 (Class 3A) Tigers clinched their first trip to the state finals since 1959 with an 84-77 victory against No. 5 Evansville Bosse.

Indianapolis Tindley (23-5): Eric Hunter’s 23 points paved the way for the No. 3 (Class 1A) Tigers in their 64-50 triumph over New Washington for their first semistate crown.

Lafayette Central Catholic (22-6): Carson Barrett paved the way against Gary 21st Century as the Knights earned their first semistate since 2003.

Twin Lakes (25-3): Kris Goodlow chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds for the No. 6 (Class 3A) Indians as they captured their first semistate with a 67-57 victory over Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Lafayette Central Catholic (22-6) vs. Indianapolis Tindley (23-5) (Class 1A final): The Knights are in pursuit of their fourth state title and first since 2003, while the Tigers are making their first appearance in the finale.

Frankton (22-6) vs. Crawford County (22-6) (Class 2A final): The Eagles were state runner-up in 2015, while the Wolfpack are in the final game for the first time.

Twin Lakes (25-3) vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (25-3) (Class 3A final): The Indians are in the title game for first time, while the Tigers have won three state titles, but none since 1959.

Fort Wayne North (27-2) vs. Indianapolis Ben Davis (22-5) (Class 4A final): The Legends are competing in the state finals for the first time since 1965, while the Giants have claimed two state crowns, but none since 1996.

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