Trevon Bluiett was slammed with a wave of emotions as he walked off the court as a Park Tudor basketball player for the final time.
“It was a bittersweet moment,” Bluiett said. “You were happy you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish, and at the same time it’s sad because it’s the last time you get to play with these group of guys.”
Bluiett helped make sure that final memory was special by scoring a Class 2A state championship game record 38 points to help pace the No.1 Panthers’ 84-57 rout of Westview on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
It was Park Tudor’s third 2A title in four seasons. The Panthers (24-4), who were state runners-up in 2010, won state titles in ’11 and ’12 before being upset by Broad Ripple in the sectional semifinals last year.
“This is gratifying because these guys sat around last spring but to a man they didn’t sulk (after losing in the sectional),” said Park Tudor coach Kyle Cox, who was promoted from assistant after Ed Schilling took a UCLA assistant job after last season.
“They came back after spring break ready to work after I got the job. The culture is that we do things the right way, the Park Tudor way. We kind of mimic Butler a little bit. If guys are willing to work hard, I think we’ll be able to continue this a little longer.”
It was the third state title for the 6-6 Bluiett, a four-year starter.
The Xavier-bound forward hit 14-of-22 shots, including 5-of-9 3-pointers.
“Honestly there was a stretch there where I couldn’t stop him,” said Westview senior guard Jordyn Bontrager, who drew the unenviable defensive assignment. “Everything he shot went in. He’s going to be a great player in college, and I can honestly see him going to the NBA.”
Bluiett also grabbed 12 rebounds and had four assists with no turnovers.
“He went out with a bang, so I’m very happy for him,” junior point guard Bryce Moore said.
Moore scored 18 points, hitting 7-of-10 shots (3-of-4 on 3-pointers).
“Bryce is a great rhythm shooter when he shoots in the flow of the offense,” Cox said.
Senior Alex Mack sank 3-of-4 3-pointers, too, as the Panthers were 14-of-27 from 3-point range as a team.
“We wanted to keep working the ball around,” Moore said. “If it gets to you, knock down shots. We were all feeling it from (3-point range).”
Cox was most impressed with Moore’s defensive showing, holding Bontrager to 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.
“He harassed and harassed Bontrager,” Cox said.
Chandler Aspy led Westview (23-5) with 19 points.
Park Tudor saw a 28-11 lead midway through the second quarter shrink to 35-27 at halftime. Cox was concerned about Westview’s 22-13 rebounding edge at halftime. The Warriors had 10 on the offensive end.
“They did what I asked at halftime,” Cox said. “We came out and really executed.”
Senior guard Austin Shelton, who had 10 points, said the Panthers knew they missed an opportunity to blow it open in the first half.
“In the third quarter, we hit shots and rebounded better,” Shelton said of Park Tudor’s 30-14 scoring edge in the third quarter. “We worked to not let them get back into the game.
Bluiett, who was averaging a state-high 35.6 points entering the game, said he wasn’t sure how his final game would affect IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball voting.
“Mr. Basketball is a great award and hopefully with our team accolades it does some good things for me,” Bluiett said. “Our theme over the whole season was ‘team over me.’ I’m just happy with the state championship and that’s all I really care about right now.”
Bluiett finished his caeer with 2,568 points, good for sixth on the all-time state scoring list.
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