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Blake Ress, Commissioner
March 22, 2008
BROWNSBURG CAPS IMPROBABLE RUN WITH FIRST-EVER CLASS 4A TITLE
Gordon Hayward dropped in a twisting runner from point blank range as time expired to send unranked Brownsburg to a 40-39 victory over No. 8 Marion in Saturday night’s IHSAA Class 4A state championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse. It was Brownsburg’s first-ever state championship and sealed a 22-5 season under fourth-year Head Coach Joshua Kendrick.
series of four timeouts between the two teams, Brownsburg’s Austin Fish
fired a one-handed pass three-quarters the length of the court, only to see
The late drama capped a fourth quarter full of heroes.
After taking nearly a minute off the clock, Mays had a potential go-ahead basket negated when he was whistled for an offensive foul with 1:05 left. Brownsburg’s J.D. Cosby made it a two-point game at the free throw line with 24 seconds left, setting up the late heroics.
classic game of nip-and-tuck, neither team led by more than seven points while
the 79 combined points matched the fewest points in a championship game since
2004. Additionally, Brownsburg’s 40 points were the fewest by a winning
team in a state championship game since
led Brownsburg with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots and
In the game, Mavunga set a new Class 4A championship game record with 12 free throw attempts, eclipsing the 10 attempted by North Central’s Jason Gardner in 1999 and equaled by Pike’s Justin Cage in 2002. Saturday’s evening session was the fourth straight sellout with an attendance of 18,305 while the entire day’s attendance was 31,943.
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Gordon Hayward of Brownsburg High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award.
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.
to his accomplishments on the hardwood,
“Gordon indeed has been blessed, but he has also worked very hard to get to this point in his career,” says Brownsburg Principal Bret Daghe. “His work ethic serves as a fine example, not just for students, but for all of us to emulate.”
He is the son of Gordon and Jody Hayward of Brownsburg.
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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CLASS 4A POST-GAME QUOTES
Joshua Kendrick, Brownsburg Head Coach
“It was like a heavyweight fight. Every shot was contested, every rebound there was a fight for it. I’m just so proud of these kids. They played so hard.”
“These kids have not been rated in the polls all year. I think these kids have huge heart and you have to rate that.”
(in the time out)
“We drew up several plays because we weren’t sure what they were going to be in. Someone said you gotta believe and that’s what happened.”
(on the fans)
“We have a great community. They support these young men for what these young men stand for – integrity. We’re just blessed to have that small town community where everyone is cheering for us.”
(on what this means)
“It means that everyone that helped me out helped these kids out, hats off. I’m so proud that people took time for us. These kids wanted to start their own tradition. This one’s for all those people who have coached in our feeder system that help young kids out. We won this one for a lot of different people not just the 21 or so out here on the floor.”
Joe Luce, Marion Head Coach
“Great job by Brownsburg on that last shot. Our kids fought hard, it’s just the way it goes. It was a heck of a finish, just a nice play at the end by them. It was a super job by us defensively. I’m just proud of our guys.”
(on Brownsburg’s winning shot)
“We just wanted a stop at the end. We just wanted to get a stop. I thought we had the ball in our hand, but they made a great play.”
“Offensively we had trouble getting going. Defensively we played well all night. At halftime we just wanted to get the ball more to Julius (Mays) and Scott Woods’ hands.”
(on Scott Woods three-point basket for
“That’s what he is, a great player and a big time shooter.”