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Lawrence North became the first IHSAA Class 4A repeat winner with its third state title overall by defeating Muncie Central, 63-52, in front of a sellout crowd of 18,345 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Coach Jack Keefer’s 24-2 Wildcats finish the campaign with 16 consecutive victories. They become the first repeat champion since Westview in Class 2A in 1999 and 2000. Ben Davis was the last single-class repeat winner in 1995 and 1996.
North junior center Greg Oden put on a dominating display with a Class-4A
record 29 points, breaking the previous mark of 28 by
Lawrence North led for the entire 32 minutes. The Wildcats held a 12-9 edge after the first quarter and they built a 25-17 halftime advantage on a three-pointer by senior forward Tyler Morris three seconds before the break.
Lawrence North broke its 4A record for field goal accuracy set last season by hitting 24-39 (.615) against Muncie Central.
Lawrence North senior guard Brandon McPherson joined Oden in double figures with 11 points, making all five free throw attempts. McPherson received the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude following the game.
Muncie Central had four players score in double figures, led by the 12-point effort from junior forward Terry Jenkins. Jenkins hit 5-7 from the field. Ty Riddle added 11, while Jordan Armstrong and Josiah Miller each had 10. Coach Matt Fine’s Bearcats finished 27-2 after having their 20-game winning streak snapped.
Lawrence North’s Brandon McPherson Named Trester Mental Attitude Award Winner
McPherson ranks in the top 25 percent of his senior class of 533 students and scored 1,150 on the SAT. He is an academic honors student and was admitted into the school Honors Degree program.
His activities include being a member of the
Lawrence North Community Service Program, serving on the Youth Board of the
A part of two Class 4A state championship
squads, McPherson is a 2005 McDonald’s All American nominee and was named First
Team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine as well as All-Conference. He
also participated in junior varsity football as a freshman. He has earned a
full scholarship to
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee present the Trester Award to the outstanding senior participant in each classification of the boys’ basketball state finals. The recipients of this award, who were nominated by their principals and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in basketball. The award is named for Arthur L. Trester, who served as the first commissioner of the IHSAA from 1929-44.
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Class 4A Championship Game Quotes
Muncie Central Coach Matt Fine
“We knew they would come out and guard us well. They’ve got three great guards out front that really do a good job of getting into you. Give them all the credit in the world, they defended us well. In the first half I thought that we just made a couple of mistakes at the end of the half that we normally don’t make with some shot selection and things like that that could have had us right there with them.”
“I love my kids, they fought their hearts out as usual.”
On the momentum swing-
“Momentum is everything, especially when you are dealing with young kids and adversity. We didn’t respond well to it. I’m proud of them, we didn’t knock shots down and they took us out of what we wanted to do offensively. Defensively we just didn’t execute our plan”.
On them getting the ball to Greg Oden-
“Lawrence North knows what they want to do offensively. Their plan is to go through Oden and they do a great job of executing that plan. They really know how to get him the ball in positions where he’s able to score.”
#50 Jordan Armstrong-
“It’s always sad when you get to the last game of your high school career. We didn’t want to go out like this, but I think we still played hard tonight.”
Armstrong on Oden-
“He’s big and physical in the post. He’s obviously NBA material and you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him. Our plan was to keep a body on him at all times. We wanted to keep him off the block and make him shoot jump shots, but obviously that plan didn’t work as well as we wanted to.”
“Greg is a great player, but he has some great players around him and he would be the first one to tell you that.”
(On being only the 13th team in history to repeat as state champion)
“It just means that we have very dedicated players and coaches. I’m just so proud of our seniors because they worked so hard. Every state title is different. The one in 1989 was probably not expected. I think we earned this one more because of who we played. The regional was just so stacked and I was not sure if we would get past that.”
(On LN’s defense)
“McPherson did a great job tonight. I think our seniors just wanted it more than them (Muncie Central). We played with a real passion all night. Conley and Morris did a great job defending their outside shooters.”
“This team just got better as the year went on. At the beginning of the season, we were experimenting with what everyone’s roles were. Tonight, everyone knew what to do.”
#50 Greg Oden
“My teammates played so well tonight that they had no choice but to play me man-to-man. Our coaches put together every defense we would face, so we were pretty prepared for this. It feels so good to be champion again. My teammates deserve this. We came out and played a good team and it just got tougher and tougher throughout the tournament. It feels better than last year because that is in the past and this is now.”
#10 Brandon McPherson
“We played a great team tonight. We came out strong and played a great game. I’m just happy to be one part of this team.”