The coronation of Gary Harris as the best player and Hamilton Southeastern as the best team in the state of Indiana appeared to be on the horizon.
Already they'd beaten their top contender-North Central-in the Sectional 8 quarterfinals, doing so on a Harris' 35-foot shot at the buzzer that was named the top play on ESPN's "SportsCenter" the next day. After that, they beat host Noblesville to advance to the championship game.
But holding the crown in the final was Carmel, who under Scott Heady have resurrected the program to a 19-4 record before the showdown with the Royals.
In the end, the Greyhounds held it for themselves-and never let Hamilton Southeastern see it.
Carmel led by 12 points at halftime and sped away in the second half en route to a stunning 81-63 victory of the Royals to advance to the regionals.
Meanwhile the upset bug managed to avoid Lawrence Central in Sectional 10 when Jeremy Hollowell got through the injury bug. After injuring his hip against Warren Central in the Bears Sectional Semi-Final victory, Hollowell put up 18 points to help pace JR Shelt's team.
They'd need every bit of it to get past Roncalli, who upset Cathedral on Friday night but fell just short against Lawrence Central on Saturday as the Bears won 53-51 at Tech High School.
"Just fought through it," said Hollowell of the pain. "Go out here and win the sectional by any means necessary."
For Pike, that was by allowing RJ Hunter to shoot-and shoot often. The guard went for 33 points as the Red Devils jumped all over Ben Davis and winning the Sectional 11 championship 88-67 at Southport.
Yogi Ferrell's output wasn't quite as high-18 points-but the result was the same for his Park Tudor team against Broad Ripple. Facing the Rockets on their home floor for the Sectional 42 championship in 2A, the Panthers turned on the afterburn after trailing in the first quarter to win it 65-44.
Trevon Blueitt also put up 17 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in keeping Park Tudor's hopes for a repeat alive.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun