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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:00 pm

Homestead earns revenge in gaining sectional crown


Homestead got its revenge, as well as a trophy for its efforts. In the Class 4A Huntington North Sectional final, the Spartans held the host Vikings scoreless for over 6:00 in the fourth quarter to eke out a 40-39 victory, marking Homestead’s fifth consecutive sectional title.

The same teams met to open the season, a 69-46 Huntington North victory. Onye Ezeakudo led three players from Homestead (18-7) in double figures with 13, while Sam Buck added 12 and Grant Raber scored 11, the same total as Joe Stoffel, the leading scorer for Huntington North (19-7).

Class 3A

ANGOLA 51, CONCORDIA 44, OT: At the New Haven Sectional, the Hornets (17-8) surrendered a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before emerging in overtime for their 17th sectional title in school history, the second in three seasons. Concordia concluded its season 8-17.

Class 2A

WESTVIEW 67, CENTRAL NOBLE 28: At the Westview Sectional, the host and No. 2 Warriors surrendered just eight points over the middle two quarters in knocking off the defending sectional champion Cougars. Charlie Yoder scored 23 points and Elijah Hales added 15 points and six assists as the Warriors shot 60 percent from the floor to claim their 19th sectional title and set a school record for wins (26-1).

Ridley Zolman netted 11 for Central Noble, which finished 13-11.

CANTERBURY 53, BLUFFTON 46: At the South Adams Sectional, the Cavaliers used a 20-6 second-quarter advantage to give coach Scott Kreiger, who is stepping down at season’s end, a sectional championship as a parting gift. Of Canterbury’s six sectional titles in boys basketball, Kreiger has led the team to four.

Cam Kreiger led Canterbury (11-13) with 18 points, while Will Shank and Noah Wolfe added 14 and 13, respectively. Bluffton ended its season at 11-14, a 6-win improvement over last year.

Class A

SOUTHERN WELLS 51, WES-DEL 50: At the Wes-Del Sectional, the Raiders outscored the hosts 7-2 over the final 1:20 to win their first sectional championship since 2011. Wes-Del missed a free throw in the final moments, and two putback attempts missed the mark as Southern Wells held on for the victory.

Southern Wells (11-14) will face Seton Catholic to open the Frankfort Regional on Saturday.


State playoffs

In South Bend, several area teams played in State Invitational Tournament games Saturday. Action continues today, with the top two teams in each of four classes advancing to the finals, set for this Saturday at the SportOne Parkview Ice House.

Despite splitting a pair on Saturday, Homestead has clinched a berth in the Class A championship. The Spartans, who defeated Westfield 3-2 before falling by that same score in a shootout to Lake Central White, will face the winner of today’s matchup pitting the Summit City Panthers against the Fort Wayne Bruins.

Bishop Dwenger picked up two wins in 2A, defeating Bishop Noll 3-2 in overtime and Evansville Thunder, 6-1. Leo, also in 2A, upended Valparaiso, 5-2, and Indy South Stars-Red, 6-1. In 3A, Carroll lost to Hamilton Southeastern A, 5-3.

In other 1A action, the Summit City Panthers blitzed Brebeuf 6-1 and the Fort Wayne Bruins blanked Hamilton Southeastern B, 9-0.