March 29, 2014
Fazekas powers Marquette Catholic to Class A title
The Marquette Catholic Blazers, in their first appearance in the boys basketball state finals, made it memorable with a 3-point barrage and a stirring 70-66 overtime victory over the Barr-Reeve Vikings in the Class A title game.
Ryan Fazekas, a 6-foot-8 junior, provided most of the fireworks for Marquette. He scored 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field. He hit a Class A championship game record 7-of-11 3-pointers. He grabbed 10 rebounds.
With 2:11 left in overtime, Fazekas connected on a deep two-pointer that pushed Marquette ahead by a 66-62 count. Then, in the final 15 seconds, with Marquette clinging to a two-point edge, Fazekas made a steal that resulted in a fast-break bucket by Braxton Miller.
Richie Mitchell, with 10 points, was the only other Blazer in double digits.
The two teams combined to hit 18 3-pointers for a finals record, and 11 for Marquette in 22 attempts also set a title-game mark.
For Barr-Reeve, Addison Wagler led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds. Micah Bullock totaled 23 points and six rebounds.
Coach Donovan Garletts' Marquette team, ranked third in the Associated Press poll, finished 20-6. The Blazers were the first Michigan City school to advance to the state finals since Elston won the 1966 state championship.
Coach Bryan Hughes' Barr-Reeve team, ranked first by the AP, was playing in the state finals for the second time in five years but was seeking its first boys basketball title. The Vikings finished 26-2.
Class A Championship Game Records
Most 3-Point Field Goals Made:
11 by Marquette Catholic vs. Barr-Reeve, 2014.
(Old Record) 9 by Barr-Reeve vs. Oregon-Davis, 2007.
Most Combined 3-Point Field Goals Made:
18 by Marquette Catholic (11) and Barr-Reeve (7), 2014.
(Old Record) 14 by Triton (8) and Indianapolis Metropolitan (6), 2011, and 14 by Barr-Reeve (9) and Oregon-Davis (5), 2007.
Highest Combined 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 15 attempts)
.474 by Marquette Catholic (11-22) and Barr-Reeve (7-16), 2014.
(Old Record) .429 by Lapel (6-13) and Loogootee (3-8), 2005.
Highest Free Throw Percentage (min. 10 attempts)
.929 (13-14) by Barr-Reeve vs. Marquette Catholic, 2014.
(Old Record) .867 (13-15) by Rossville vs. Barr-Reeve, 2002.
Highest Combined Free Throw Percentage
.889 by Barr-Reeve (13-14) and Marquette Catholic (3-4), 2014.
(Old Record) .806 by Barr-Reeve (5-6) and Oregon-Davis (20-25), 2002.
Most 3-Point Field Goals Made
7 by Ryan Fazekas, Marquette Catholic vs. Barr-Reeve, 2014.
(Old Record) 6 by Brody Boyd, Union (Dugger) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic, 2000.
Listen: Marquette Catholic Post-Game Press Conference | Barr-Reeve Post-Game Press Conference
Micah Bullock of Barr-Reeve wins Trester Mental Attitude Award
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Micah Bullock of Barr-Reeve High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award in Class A Boys Basketball.
The award is annually presented to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is named after the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929 to 1944.
Bullock is a team captain of the basketball team. He is an active member of his church and youth group and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also assisted with relief efforts for storm ravaged communities and is a third grade peer tutor.
He is the son of Steve and Wanda Bullock of Montgomery. He is undecided on his college choice.
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Barr-Reeve High School in the name of Micah Bullock. Since 1989, more than $800,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.