SEYMOUR-It was a wild Saturday night around the state of Indiana, and it didn’t get much better than the action that went down in Seymour, where class A and class 4A of the IHSAA Boys Basketball Semi-Final action took place.
To start the day, it was the Borden Braves edging the University Trailblazers 47-44 in a contest that was a back and forth in a tightly contested defensive battle. The Braves will head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse where they will take on the Triton Trojans, who defeated the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights 40-32.
Following the excitement of class A action, it was time for the 4A squads to take the floor in a match up that was size against speed, as two senior big men, Collin Hartman and Devin Dixon led the Fighting Irish of Cathedral against senior Darryl Baker and a very athletic Jeffersonville Red Devil squad. The Irish proved to be a well balanced scoring team, putting five players in double figures, as they would overpower over power the Red Devils 74-53 to advance to the State Championship.
“It’s crazy how much we don’t lose when we sub in guys” Senior Collin Hartman said.
“Most teams may only have two or three guys that are good up but when they go to the bench they aren’t deep, but we’re so deep this year and everyone has done a great job in coming in playing their role, and I credit our whole team for that.”
The Red Devils went on a 7-0 run in the first quarter and would go up by as much as 10 points, giving the Irish a scare early on. After the ensuing timeout, the Irish would respond as well as any team could, as they would go on a 7-0 run of their own and would take the lead on a three point play by Jalen Coleman, who led the Irish with 14 points. It was that three point play however that would be the ultimate turning point, as the Irish would never trail the rest of the way and would shut down Baker to zero points in the second half.
“Little disappointed with the way we started” head coach Andy Fagan said.
“You got to give all the credit the Jeffersonville; they really came out and set the tone early which was weird for us because we usually are the ones who do that.” But I thought our guys did a good job of settling down and getting back to do what we do, and that’s defending and rebounding and getting out in transition.
“We always respond well to adversity” senior Devin Dixon said about trailing by 10 early. “We’ve preached fighting through adversity all year and that’s exactly what we had to do tonight.”
With this win, the 4A state finals will officially be a rematch between the Irish, and the Greyhounds of Carmel. Cathedral will look to get revenge on the Carmel Greyhounds, who defeated the Irish on their home court 60-54.
“We just try to take it one game at a time” Fagan said.
“I told these guys you can’t control what happens on the bracket, only thing you can control is your own draw, Carmel is not going to beat themselves and we certainly are not going to try and beat ourselves, so it should be a fun game.”