Greyhounds top Ben Davis for fourth state championship
A year after falling short, this time Carmel left the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor a winner.
Freshman guard Pete Suder led four Greyhounds in double figures with 14 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) to lead Carmel to a 60-55 victory over Ben Davis in the Class 4A title game.
Carmel, guided by second-year coach Ryan Osborn, lost in the title game in 2018 to Warren Central, but never trailed this time in beating its Metropolitan Interscholatic Conference rival for the second time this season.
John Michael Mulloy added 13 points for the winners (26-1), while Karsten Windlan netted 11 and Andrew Owens 10 points. Suder also had a game-high seven rebounds.
Though never leading in the game, Ben Davis (20-8) hung tough throughout and trailed only 44-43 after a Dawand Jones lay-up with 4:02 left.
The next time down, however, Owens canned a 3-pointer and the Giants never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
Jalen Windham led coach Don Carlisle’s Giants with 22 points and Jones added 16.
Class 4A State Championship Records
Highest Free Throw Percentage: .929 (13-14) by Jalen Windham, Ben Davis.
Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy wins the Trester Mental Attitude Award
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named John Michael Mulloy of Carmel High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award in Class 4A Boys Basketball.
The award is annually presented to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is nominated by his principal and coach.
Mulloy is a four-year letterman for the Greyhounds and has been a three-year varsity starter and team captain. He has helped lead the Greyhounds to four sectional titles, and two regional and two semi-state championships.
John Michael is a member of the Academic All-State team and holds a GPA of approximately 3.95. He has also received the Carmel High School Scholar Athlete Award.
Off the court, Mulloy is the lead director for Carmel High School’s Student Government Cabinet, a Board Member for Carmel’s Champions Together Committee, a member of the K-8 mentoring program, and also a member of the Big Game Spirit Club.
For his community, John Michael has volunteered for the Dance Marathon chapter at Carmel, he helps raise funds for Special Olympics of Indiana, and he also helps with Gleaner’s Food Drive. He also looks to give back to the Carmel basketball community by serving as a camp counselor for Carmel High School Youth Basketball.
John Michael is the son of Chris and Stacy Mulloy of Carmel, Ind. He plans to attend Butler University and play basketball for the Bulldogs and study Business Management/Communications.
The 4A, 3A and 2A awards are named in honor of the late Arthur L. Trester, who served as first commissioner of the Association from 1929 to 1944. Trester helped Indiana high school sports and the IHSAA emerge from the Great Depression in a position of preeminence unmatched by perhaps any other state in the nation.
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Carmel High School in the name of John Michael Mulloy. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.