The word dynasty gets thrown around a little too much these days, but it’s safe to say the Park Tudor Panthers (24-4) accomplished something pretty special on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With a dominant 84-57 victory over the Westview Warriors (23-5), the Panthers won their third title in a four-year span, raising the Class 2A IHSAA Boys State championship trophy once again.
“This is great,” said Park Tudor Senior Trevon Bluiett with a championship net and ribbon around his neck. “Not a lot of people have won three state championships out of four. Only a few people have done it, and I’m just happy I’m one of those people.”
Bluiett and the rest of his Park Tudor teammates jumped out to a blistering pace to start the game, taking a 22-8 lead once Dwayne Gibson Jr. was found on an alley oop tip-in that sent him to the free throw line for the and-one. Westview, lead by Cahndler Aspy’s 19 points, made a short run to cut the lead down to 35-27 entering the half, but that’s when Park Tudor went on a tear. A combination of everything went right for the Panthers in the third quarter, including a 20-2 run that was highlighted by a Trevon Bluiett breakaway dunk midway through the third quarter.
“The guys banded together in that second half,” said Park Tudor Head Coach Kyle Cox. “They said that we aren’t going to deviate from the plan and we are going to do it the right way. We had a great game-plan in place, we knew (Jordyn) Bontrager and (Chandler) Aspy are great players. We have a lot of respect for those two guys, and they are such a well-coached team over there. And for us to be able to do that, it’s spectacular because that’s a great ball-club.”
And when Bluiett wasn’t dunking the ball, him and his teammates used their athleticism to find wide-open shots from behind the arc to completely blow the game open. The Panthers broke their own Class 2A State record set in 2012 of most three-point field goals with 14, with Bryce Moore (3-4, 18 points), Alex Mack (3-4, 9 points), Austin Shelton (2-5, 10 points), Jaren Jackson Jr. (1-1, 3 points) and Bluiett (5-9) all leaving their mark on the game.
Lastly in the fourth-quarter when the game was well out of hand, Bluiett put up the last shot of his decorated IHSAA career, hitting a three to give him a Class 2A State championship game record of 38-points. The basket also put him sixth on the all-time IHSAA scoring list with 2,568 points.
“Coach had a layout for us and it was ours for the taking,” said Bluiett, who will be attending Xavier for collegiate basketball. “We just had to follow the game-plan, and the rest would be free-flowing.”
The Panthers 27-point victory was also a Class 2A record for the highest margin of victory, one that will add another banner in the Park Tudor gymnasium.
“It just caps off a great season for us,” said Cox. “I think we put the Park Tudor brand on display today and what Park Tudor school is all about. Just a great day for our fans, our community, and the student-atmosphere was just great.”