Frankly, their fine with the title. After all it is fitting.

There they were, just off to the center of Conseco Fieldhouse, with metals around their necks and a state championship trophy in the middle of a group of a dozen players and coaches.

Just about five years ago, this group from Metropolitan High School didn't exist, started from scratch in 2007. Now in front of a relatively rowdy patchwork of fans, they celebrate the school's first boys basketball state championship following a 59-55 win over Triton.

Cinderella? Sure, they'll agree.

"I'm glad," said Pumas Jerrbryon Graves of how the story of the Metropolitan basketball team is being celebrated as a "Rags-to-Riches" tale.

After all head coach Nick Reich and his team don't even have a home gym to practice in, and 18 of the team's games were played in the gyms of their opponent.

But on neutral courts, the Pumas were at their best in the state finals. They marched all the way to the regional final and then won that on a miracle 75-foot shot by Graves-which earned him the No. 1 play on ESPN's Sportscenter.

A Semi-State win over North Daviess brought them to Saturday's Class A final against Triton-an accomplishment in itself for the upstart program.

"Anything is possible, anything can happen," said forward Anthony Jackson. "It doesn't matter, if you play with your heart, if you play your game, and you do what you have to do, anything is possible."

The proof was in the performance for the Pumas on Saturday, as they consistently kept distance between them and the 23-3 Trojans. Defensively, Metropolitan picked up six blocks in the first half to keep normally strong Triton from getting offensive rhythm, even if they did own a one point lead at the break.

In the second, the Pumas turned on the offense by shooting 70 percent from the field. They never allowed the Trojans to take the lead in the second half, and then hit 7-of-9 free throws to seal the game and a state championship.

"Am I impressed? Yes. Surprised? No," said Reich about the team's performance down the stretch. "The kids deserve all the credit because they go out there and play hard every day and they do things the right way."