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Blake Ress, Commissioner
March 24, 2007
TIGERS ROAR TO TITLE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER
In only the third double-overtime championship game in state finals history, the Northwestern Tigers defeated the Winchester Golden Eagles, 78-74, to capture the 2A boys basketball title. The Tigers overcame a 13-point deficit, four starters fouling out and a buzzer beater at the end of regulation to capture the first state championship in any sport for the school.
Junior Zavier Sanders led the Tigers with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Mark Alexander added 17 points and fellow senior Cameron Richardson had 10. Northwestern finished the season at 25-2, winners of their final 15 contests.
The Golden Eagles were making only their second appearance in the state finals. They finished runner-up to Westview in the 2000 Class 2A championship contest.
struggled to keep up with
to Northwestern’s third year coach Jim Gish, “we loosened up and
began to play ball in the second quarter,” creating six
There were three ties and three lead changes in the first overtime while Northwestern led throughout the second overtime.
Sanders and Richardson each scored five points in the second overtime.
THAD LAUDENBACHER NAMED TRESTER AWARD RECIPIENT
the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Thad Laudenbacher of
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by his principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
is a two-year middle school mentor for the D.A.R.E program and an elementary
school mentor for the IHSAA’s Ambassadors Cross-Age mentoring program.
completing the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma this spring and plans to study
Elementary Education at
Athletically, he was named to the All-County basketball team, the All-Regional team and was selected the winner of the Mental Attitude Award for the 2007 Randolph County Boys Basketball Tournament.
He is the son of Steve and Tonya Fouse and the late Craig Laudenbacher.
Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, will present a
$1,000 scholarship to
The award is named in honor of Arthur L. Trester, the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929-44.
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STATE FINALS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
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Jim Gish, Northwestern Head Coach
one thing we discussed throughout this is the opportunity to play at this level
comes once a year. A game like this, I give
“We were down and continued to fight back. The young men I work with are very intelligent, mature people. The kids in foul trouble took care of themselves.”
“Our forte is to not to get off to a good start. We usually spot 8 to 10 points and then start playing. Today showed me the way we do things are alright.”
“Zavier Sanders will find a way to get open. It’s simply will and desire. He’s been blessed with talent.”
“They played the game hard and they played the right way. They attacked the basket, they have athletes and dribble penetration is difficult to defend. We changed defenses and I think that was the key that really made them start thinking. I think we had them confused.”
Chip Mehaffey, Winchester Head Coach
“I’m proud of our team and effort. We learned a lot about perseverance and dealing with adversity.”
“Northwestern probably played a little more intelligently than we did. We got caught up in the moment a lot and took shots that we don’t normally take. We also turned the ball over a few too many times. We didn’t execute against their pressure in the first half very well. But we did fine in the second.”
“The lessons we learn from situations like we experienced today will help us deal with adversity throughout life. This team is like a “Band of Brothers”. I’ve never had a team that is as close as this one. The guys will always have somebody to lean on whenever they need it, including their head coach.”
“I thought we were in good shape up five late in regulation, but forced the action. We had our shot to win it but gave up the lead.”
“We’ve not been a good ball handling team all year. The turnovers definitely hurt us tonight, but our defense has kept us in games all year and tonight. I’ve never known a team that has so many more turnovers than assists and is as successful as we were. I really don’t know how we went 22-5.”
(on Northwestern’s Zavier Sanders)
“He’s awesome, a super player. We have the utmost respect for him. We played behind him and didn’t want to front him because he’s as good as anyone in the state at getting to the basket to get rebounds.”
“We are not guaranteed to be back next year. There are no guarantees in life. We didn’t come here with the mentality that if we don’t get it this year there is always next year.”