There was smiles, laughs, cheers, and even some dancing. But of course what came before that, was just some dominant basketball.
“It means a lot to these guys because it is a championship,” said Arsenal Tech Head Coach Jason Delaney. “They are going to come in and look up 20, 30 years from now and they will see they are a part of history.”
Arsenal Tech defeated Cathedral 66-58, giving the school it’s first City Championship since the 1990-91 season. The game was close 21-17 in the second quarter, but eventually the Titans broke away to a 31-20 lead to enter the half. The Fighting Irish, lead by Justin Baker’s 30 points, got the game within reach in the third quarter, but Arsenal Tech held on to a tight grip and never let the title get out of their hands.
“It feels great,” said Tech Senior Trey Lyles. “We came out here against a rival and put on a show. We came out in the second half and played together, and it’s great to be City champions.”
Lyles, who is heading to the University of Kentucky next season, had a standout game with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks. Not alone in his conquest to the trophy though, Jeremie Tyler and Justin Parker both added 11.