Class 3A: Minus coach, Attucks wins first regional since 1970

Class 3A: Minus coach, Attucks wins first regional since 1970

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Class 3A: Minus coach, Attucks wins first regional since 1970

Attuck' Nike Sibande (22) hugs Zac Owens (12) following their win in the IHSAA Boys Regional championship game Saturday at the McAnally Center in Greencastle.

Attuck’ Nike Sibande (22) hugs Zac Owens (12) following their win in the IHSAA Boys Regional championship game Saturday at the McAnally Center in Greencastle.

GREENCASTLE – Class 3A No. 4 Crispus Attucks overcame the absence of coach Chris Hawkins and a tough Tri-West team Saturday to win the program’s first regional title in 47 years.

Keane’e Harris had all but two of his 16 points after halftime, while Nike Sibande (13 points), Teyon Scanlan (13) and Zac Owens (11) also scored in double figures as the Tigers outlasted the ninth-ranked Bruins 74-69 in overtime.

Assistant Eric Klinefelter filled in for Hawkins, who was hospitalized with an illness.

“There were times it looked like it could go either way, but we just kept fighting,” Klinefelter said. “We wanted to win it for (Hawkins). Hopefully he can come back next week and we can finish this thing out at semistate and state.”

Attucks (23-4) will face No. 5 Evansville Bosse next Saturday for a berth in the state finals.

“Tonight’s a real special night,” said Sibande, who had 20 points in the Tigers’ 70-52 win over Northview in the morning semifinal. “Hard work in practice, blood, sweat and tears, we’re just coming together. This is the dream, what we play for.”

Peyton Hendershot led Tri-West (23-4) with 26 points, followed by Tyler Watson with 22. The Bruins, who reached the nightcap with an 87-63 beatdown of rival Danville, led Attucks by nine in the third quarter. But turnovers and the Tigers’ clutch shooting brought their season to a close.

“We put ourselves in position to win the ballgame, had opportunities, but they hit some big shots,” Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger said. “Attucks is a heck of a team, but so are we. There’s no reason for Tri-West fans or this team to hang their heads over an overtime loss to one of the best teams in the state.”

Scanlan had eight points in the first quarter as Attucks jumped out to a 19-11 lead. After cutting that margin to four, Tri-West controlled the second period. The Bruins held the Tigers to just eight points to take a 32-29 edge to the break.

After falling behind by nine, Attucks charged back in the third quarter and cut it to one going to the fourth, which saw seven lead changes before the teams went to OT tied at 65.

Attucks got a key 3-pointer by Alex Cooley in the extra session, while Sibande had a steal and two rebounds in the closing moments to end Tri-West’s hopes of a second straight Final Four.

“We did this for coach. He’s our backbone” Sibande said. “We got it done. Team chemistry, we glued it all together.”

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CRISPUS ATTUCKS 74, TRI-WEST 69, OT

Attucks       21          8        19        17        9        —  74

Tri-West      17         15       17       16        4        —  69

Attucks (23-4) — Williams 1 0-0 2, Poole 3 0-0 6, Scanlan 5 1-2 13, Cooley 4 3-4 13, Harris 6 2-3 16, Briscoe 0 0-0 0, Owens 3 5-7 11, Sibande 5 2-2 13, Beatty 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 13-20 74.

Tri-West (23-4) —Grubbs 0 0-0 0, Chinn 2 0-1 5, Hendershot 10 6-9 26, Lucas 1 3-3 6, Blake 1 0-0 2, Watson 6 8-8 22, Hill 3 2-2 8. Totals 23 19-23 69.


SEMIFINALS

Crispus Attucks 70, Northview 52

Attucks       28   12   13  17  — 70

Northview   12   20   11   9  —  52

Northview (18-9) — Brigham Booe 4 4-5 14, Damon Hyatt 3 1-1 8, Jensen Kellett 3 1-2 8, Drew Lumsdon 3 1-2 7, M. J. Shelton 1 0-0 2, Braydon Tucker 4 1-2 13. Totals 18 8-12 52.

Crispus Attucks (22-4) — Derrick Briscoe 2 0-0 4, Alex Cooley 2 0-0 6, T. Graham 4 2-4 10, Jamal Harris 6 1-1 13, Zac Owens 4 1-2 10, Micah Poole 1 0-1 3, Nike Sibande 8 3-4 20, Warren Williams 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 7-12 70.

3-Point Goals — Northview 8 (Brigham Booe 2, Damon Hyatt 1, Jensen Kellett 1, Braydon Tucker 4), Crispus Attucks 5 (Alex Cooley 2, Zac Owens 1, Micah Poole 1, Nike Sibande 1).

Tri-West 87, Danville 63

Tri-West    18   19   26   24  —  87

Danville     10   11   21   21  —  63

Danville (19-9) — Alec Burton 5 4-9 14, Zach Callahan 3 4-4 11, Sam Comer 3 1-2 9, Austin Cowart 4 0-2 9, Toby Hiland 1 0-0 2, Connor Jones 3 3-4 10, Dillon Ware 2 2-2 8. Totals 21 14-23 63.

Tri-West (23-3) — Logan Blake 7 0-0 16, Matt Chinn 7 2-2 22, Sam Fulton 1 0-0 2, Lucas Goodin 1 0-0 2, Judd Grubbs 0 2-2 2, Peyton Hendershot 5 2-3 12, Jake Hill 1 2-3 4, Jared Kiefer 0 2-2 2, Derek Lucas 3 0-0 6, Tyler Watson 6 5-8 18, Ryan Wiggins 0 1-2 1. Totals 31 16-22 87.

3-Point Goals — Tri-West 9 (Logan Blake 2, Matt Chinn 6, Tyler Watson 1), Danville 7 (Zach Callahan 1, Sam Comer 2, Austin Cowart 1, Connor Jones 1, Dillon Ware 2).

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