March 28, 2015

Barr-Reeve tops Marquette Catholic in Class A, gains elusive 1st title
The Barr-Reeve Vikings played to their strengths: They produced stout defense. They controlled the game with their pace. They created free throws for themselves.

In the end, it brought the Vikings what has eluded them until now. Barr-Reeve's 65-50 victory over Marquette Catholic in the Class A final gained for the Vikings their first boys basketball state championship. Barr-Reeve was making its second consecutive trip to the final game and the third in six years.

The Vikings held Marquette Catholic to 20-plus points under its season scoring average. The Blazers managed only 36.7 shooting from the field.

Barr-Reeve shot 41.5 percent from the field and hit 26-of-36 free throws for a Class A title game record for foul shots made. Barr-Reeve owned a 14-point lead at halftime and its disciplined offense held the Blazers at bay through the second half. Barr-Reeve committed only seven turnovers in the game.

When Marquette Catholic pulled within 10, at 46-36, with 4:56 left in the game, Barr-Reeve quickly extended its lead with a  9-1 run.

Duncan Roy led Barr-Reeve with 17 points while Seth Swartzentruber had 16 and Addison Wagler had 12. Wagler and Logan James tied for the team lead with seven rebounds apiece.

Ryan Fazekas led Marquette Catholic with 18 points while Tommy Wilson had 13. Cameron Hall led the Blazers with eight rebounds.

Coach Bryan Hughes' Barr-Reeve team, ranked second in the AP Poll, won its last 20 games and finished 17-2. Coach Donovan Garletts' Marquette Catholic squad, ranked fifth, finished at 24-7.

Class A Championship Game Records

Most Free Throws Made
26 by Barr-Reeve vs. Marquette Catholic, 2015.

Most Combined Free Throws Made
38 by Barr-Reeve (26) and Marquette Catholic (12), 2015.

Most Free Throws Attempted
36 by Barr-Reeve vs. Marquette Catholic, 2015.

Most Combined Free Throws Attempted
56 by Barr-Reeve (36) and Marquette Catholic (20), 2015.

Most Fouls
28 by Marquette Catholic vs. Barr-Reeve, 2015.

Most Combined Fouls
46 by Marquette Catholic (28) and Barr-Reeve (18), 2015.

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Ethan Duncheon of Barr-Reeve wins Trester Mental Attitude Award

Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Ethan Duncheon 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.

Currently ranked first in his class, Ethan has earned a 4.57 GPA while being a part of the basketball, cross country and tennis teams.  Not only is Ethan an exceptional student and athlete, he is also a member of the Student Council, Beta Club, and Daviess County Youth Foundation to name a few.  Ethan is the youngest of three boys, all of which had the privilege of playing for a basketball state championship.  In 2010, his brother, Christian, won the Arthur L. Trester Award.

Ethan is the son of Tony and Lisa Duncheon of Montgomery. He will attend the University of Southern Indiana on a full-ride scholarship as he was awarded the Presidential Scholar Scholarship.  He plans to major in the medical field with dreams of becoming a doctor.

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 Ethan Duncheon. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.