KOPSEA’S KORNER HOOPS 16-17 – STATE FINALS

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COMPILED BY MATT KOPSEA

LAST FOUR STANDING

Indianapolis Tindley (24-5): Hunter White’s 10-foot bank shot with five seconds remaining lifted the No. 3 Tigers to a 51-49 win over top-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic in the Class 1A finale.

Frankton (23-6): Maurice Knight tallied 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter as Frankton cruised to the Class 2A championship with a 60-32 victory over Crawford County.

Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (25-4): Jamal Harris’ rebound basket with 0.9 seconds on the clock helped the No. 4 Tigers to a 73-71 victory over No. 6 Twin Lakes in the Class 3A title game.

Indianapolis Ben Davis (23-5): Jamal Windham netted 15 points as the Giants upset No. 4 Fort Wayne North, 55-52, for the Class 4A crown.

SENSATIONAL SEVEN (FINAL)

  1. Adams (21-5): Walter Ellis and Michael Green both surpassed the 450-point mark in helping the Eagles capture a share of the Northern Indiana Conference crown and a Class 4A sectional title.
  2. Riley (19-3): Although talented junior Damezi Anderson averaged 24 points and 7.6 rebounds a contest, the No. 10 (Class 4A) and co-NIC champion Wildcats came up short in their quest for a third straight sectional championship.
  3. Elkhart Central (20-3): Thanks to the contributions from Cornell Connor (16.4 points and 9.2 rebounds), the Blazers enjoyed their best regular season in program history.
  4. NorthWood (21-3): Vinny Miranda paved the way for the No.2 (Class 3A) Panthers to claim their fourth consecutive 20-plus win season by netting 19.5 points per contest.
  5. Culver Academy (21-3): Ignas Masiulionis was a big part in the top-ranked (Class 3A) Eagles run to a Class 3A sectional title by scoring 283 total points.
  6. Warsaw (18-10): Kyle Mangas almost single-handedly propelled the Tigers to a Class 4A regional crown by netting 71 total points (47 points in a 61-59 double-overtime win over East Chicago Central and 24 in a 50-46 loss to Merrillville).
  7. Oregon-Davis (21-7): Aaron Parker was one of four players who averaged double figures in scoring with 14 points a game for the No. 10 and Class 1A sectional champion Bobcats.

HONORABLE MENTION

LaVille (17-7): Adam Steinke closed out his career with 1,117 points as the Lancers recorded their seventh straight winning season.

Marian (14-10): Michael Hemmingway had a big role in the Knights’ run to eight wins in their last 10 contests.

Plymouth (15-10): Nick Felke’s 16.2 points and 4.1 assists per contest allowed the Pilgrims to reach the Class 4A sectional final for the second straight year.

Triton (18-6): Zac Piney led a balanced attack with 14.9 points per game as the Trojans overcame an 0-3 start to post victories in 14 of their last 16 contests.

Winamac (15-8): Jack DeGroot was instrumental in helping the Warriors to their fourth season of 15 or more wins with a 16.1 scoring average.

MATT’S MATCHUPS (FINAL)

A 2-2 mark in the state finals left me with a final record of 355-119, which rounded out to 75 percent for the 2016-17 campaign.

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