2016 IHSAA (Indiana) Boys State Basketball Championships
Class A, 2A, 3A, & 4A
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
March 26, 2016
Bloomfield (26-3) vs. Liberty Christian (25-4) Class A Championship
Bloomfield coach Matt Britton started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Eli Combs, 6-2 Sr. Zach Skinner, 6-7 Sr. Brandon Van Sant, 5-10 Jr. Luke Vandeventer, and 6-2 Jr. Christopher Gilmore. Liberty Christian coach Jason Chappell countered with 6-4 Sr. Ben Cotton, 6-3 Sr. Greg Dixon, 6-5 Sr. Caleb Hardy, 5-7 Jr. Ronny Williams, and 6-3 Sr. Franklin Nunn.
Liberty Christian led 40-28 early in the third quarter but Bloomfield rallied to close within three; 44-41 after three quarters. However Liberty Christian outscored the Cardinals 20-4 in the final quarter to earn a 64-45 victory. The score was tied three times and there were two lead changes in the game. Liberty Christian shot 47.1% from the field including four of eight from the three point line. The Lions connected on 12 of 16 free throws, pulled down 29 rebounds, and committed nine turnovers. Bloomfield shot 44.2% from the field including two of 10 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals connected on five of eight free throws, pulled down 25 rebounds, and committed 20 turnovers.
Franklin Nunn led Liberty Christian with 19 points including six of seven free throws, eight rebounds, and four steals. Caleb Hardy added 14 points and five rebounds. Greg Dixon chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots. Ronny Williams recorded 10 points, four rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
Brandon Van Sant led Bloomfield with 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Eli Combs added 10 points. Zach Skinner recorded nine points and six rebounds.
Bloomfield (45) – E. Combs 10, Skinner 9, Van Sant 19, Vandeventer 0, Gilmore 3, Frederick 2. I. Combs 2.
Liberty Christian (64) – Cotton 6, Dixon 12, Hardy 14, Williams 10, Nunn 19, Tufts 3.
Indianapolis Howe (23-7) vs. Lapel (25-4) Class 2A Championship
Indianapolis Howe coach Mosi A. Barnes started the following lineup: 6-2 Jr. Tyler Pannell, 6-1 Jr. Jermaine Couch, 6-4 So. Tony Hopkins, 5-10 Fr. Kycia Washington, and 5-11 Sr. Brian Warren. Lapel coach Jimmie Howell countered with 6-4 Sr. Triston Carpenter, 6-4 Sr. Brady Smith, 6-6 Jr. Jon Ross Richardson, 6-2 So. Preston Scott, and 6-3 Sr. Kamron Herrington.
Lapel raced out to a 33-15 first half lead on their way to a 59-37 victory over Indianapolis Howe. Lapel shot 44.9% from the field including three of seven from the three point line. The Bulldogs connected on 12 of 17 free throws, pulled down 38 rebounds, and committed 12 turnovers. Indianapolis Howe shot 26.8% from the field including five of 17 from beyond the arc, pulled down 34 rebounds, and committed 14 turnovers.
Jon Ross Richardson led Lapel with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and four blocked shots. Triston Carpenter added 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Kamron Herrington recorded 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Preston Scott chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.
Brian Warren led Indianapolis Howe with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals. 6-2 So. Wyatt Gordon added six points on two three point baskets. Tyler Pannell recorded five points and 10 rebounds. Jermaine Couch chipped in with five points and seven rebounds.
Indianapolis Howe (37) – Pannell 5, Couch 5, Hopkins 4, Washington 1, Warren 11, Rush 5, Gordon 6.
Lapel (59) – Carpenter 12, Smith 0, Richardson 21, Scott 9, Herrington 11, Lyons 6.
Evansville Bosse (19-10) vs. Marion (22-7) Class 3A Championship
Evansville Bosse coach Shane Burkhart started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. Ethan Thomas, 6-3 Jr. Jaidon Hunter, 6-4 Jr. Javi Langley, 5-9 So. Mekhi Lairy, and 6-0 Sr. Erik Bell. Marion coach James Blackmon Sr. countered with 6-5 Sr. Reggie Jones, 6-4 Sr. Jordan Smith, 6-10 Jr. Gage Pinkerton, 6-1 Jr. Tim Leavell, and 6-3 Sr. Vijay Blackmon.
Marion trailed 35-25 at halftime but rallied to earn a 73-68 victory over Evansville Bosse. Marion outscored Evansville Bosse 31-15 in the third quarter to take the lead but Evansville Bosse rallied to take the lead in the final quarter but Marion fought back for the victory. The score was tied five times and there were nine lead changes in the game.
Marion shot 47.8% from the field including six of 11 from the three point line. The Giants connected on 23 of 31 free throws, pulled down 34 rebounds, and committed 14 turnovers. Evansville Bosse shot 44.6% from the field including seven of 19 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs connected on 11 of 17 free throws, pulled down 29 rebounds, and committed 13 turnovers.
Reggie Jones led Marion with 25 points including 10 of 10 free throws, eight rebounds, and four assists. 6-4 Sr. Juswon White added 17 points. Tim Leavell recorded 14 points and five rebounds. Vijay Blackmon chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Jordan Smith added five points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots, and two steals.
Mekhi Lairy led Evansville Bosse with 28 points including four three point baskets, eight of eight free throws and three assists. Javi Langley added 15 points and eight rebounds. Jaidon Hunter chipped in with eight points. Erik Bell recorded seven points, five rebounds, and eight assists.
Evansville Bosse (68) – Hunter 8, Thomas 6, Langley 15, Lairy 28, Bell 7, Chinn 4.
Marion (73) – Jones 25, Smith 5, Pinkerton 0, Leavell 14, Blackmon 12, White 17.
New Albany (26-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-3) Class 4A Championship
New Albany coach Jim Shannon started the following lineup: 6-4 So. Romeo Langford, 6-1 Sr. Josh Jefferson, 6-3 Sr. Michael Maxwell, 5-10 So. Sean East, and 6-0 Jr. Isaac Hibbard. McCutcheon coach Rick Peckinpaugh countered with 6-4 Jr. Haden Deaton, 6-1 Sr. Charles Phinisee, 6-5 Sr. Darnell Butler, 5-9 Jr. Eddy Collins, and 6-0 So. Robert Phinisee.
New Albany Soph sensation Romeo Langford scored 12 of his points in the final quarter to lead the Bulldogs to a 62-59 victory over McCutcheon. McCutcheon led 33-28 at halftime but New Albany rallied to lead 46-45 after three quarters. There were seven ties and nine lead changes in the game.
New Albany shot 45.8% from the field including eight of 25 from the three point line. The Bulldogs connected on 10 of 14 free throws, pulled down 26 rebounds, and committed seven turnovers. McCutcheon shot 46.3% from the field including nine of 19 from beyond the arc. The Mavericks connected on 12 of 17 free throws, pulled down 25 rebounds, and committed 10 turnovers.
Romeo Langford led New Albany with 28 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Isaac Hibbard added 17 points including four three point baskets, five rebounds, and three assists. Sean East chipped in with 10 points including two three point baskets. Michael Maxwell pulled down seven rebounds.
Eddy Collins led McCutcheon with 14 points including three three point baskets and six rebounds. Haden Deaton also scored 14 points including two three point baskets. Robert Phinisee added 13 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals. 6-2 Jr. Gavin Dunbar recorded 11 points including three three point baskets.
New Albany (62) – Langford 28, Jefferson 5, Maxwell 2, East 10, Hibbard 17.
McCutcheon (59) – Deaton 14, C. Phinisee 0, Butler 7, Collins 14, R. Phinisee 13, Dunbar 11.
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