2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, March 29
At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Westview (23-4) vs. Indianapolis Park Tudor (23-4), approximately 12:45 p.m.
Note — Follows Barr-Reeve (26-1) vs. Michigan City Marquette (19-6) in 10 a.m. 1A final; precedes Greensburg (27-1) vs. Bowman Academy (22-4) in 6 p.m. 3A final, which will be followed by Indianapolis Tech (26-2) vs. Lake Central (22-3) in 4A final.
Rob Yoder, Westview — "(On Park Tudor) Obviously, (Trevon) Bluiett's very good, and then they've got a lot of pieces around him. They're by no means one-dimensional. They have good shooters and good penetrators. They're more set up to score facing the basket, but they're capable of back to the basket, too. We probably won't see as much pressure as we did from Cass or Noll, but they'll press at times. (Bluiett's) range is really good, and then he's long enough to shoot over people. He doesn't need much space. There's no question he'll be an exceptionally tough matchup, as I'm sure he's been for everybody. We'll prepare for a few guys to guard him. We have some guys maybe with enough length to challenge his shot and some guys maybe quick enough to stay in front of him. The problem is (finding) a guy with enough length and quick enough feet. We'll prepare possibly four guys to guard him and hopefully see which matchup is most favorable by the second half."
Kyle Cox, Park Tudor — "(On his players) They're just the most mentally hungry group. The way last year ended for us (a 69-67 sectional semifinal loss to Indianapolis Broad Ripple), it never wavered for them, their drive and motivation. We got beat a few times in February, but the goal has always been to get back to Bankers Life. ... (On Bluiett, a Xavier recruit and Mr. Basketball contender) The thing most people don't know about him is he is a better kid than he is a basketball player. He is a tremendous kid and a great student, comes from a good family. He is a great leader and has taken this team on his back."
Westview: Jordyn Bontrager (5-11 sr.; 17.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 53 percent on FGs, 39 pecent on 3s), Chandler Aspy (6-3 jr.; 15.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 52 percent on FGs), Jamar Weaver (5-11 sr.; 9.6 ppg, 55 percent on FGs, 45 percent on 3s, 81 percent on FTs), Judah Zickafoose (6-4 sr.; 9.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 56 percent on FGs), Daron Miller (6-0 sr.; 3.4 ppg), Damon Hershberger (6-0 sr.; 2.6 ppg).
Park Tudor: Trevon Bluiett (6-6 sr.; 35.6 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 65 percent on FGs, 43 percent on 3s, 81 percent on FTs), Bryce Moore (6-2 jr.; 11.2 ppg. 4.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 44 percent on 3s), Austin Shelton (5-11 sr.; 10.5 ppg, 2.7 apg, 57 percent on FGs), Dwayne Gibson (6-4 jr.; 8.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 57 percent on FGs), Alex Mack (6-1 sr.; 8.6 ppg), Evan Frank (6-8 jr.; 4.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Things To Know
Westview: The Warriors have won 12 straight games and are coming off their first semistate crown since going on to win back-to-back 2A state titles in 1999 and 2000. ... Westview has never faced Park Tudor. ... The unranked Warriors are the only one of the eight State Finals teams not ranked in an AP final Top 10. Lake Central was No. 8 in 4A, while none of the other six teams finished lower than No. 3. ... Westview's six tourney wins include 75-64 in double OT over No. 5 Hammond Noll (21-4) and 65-58 over No. 7 Cass (22-3). ... Two of the Warriors' four losses this season are to teams nicknamed the Panthers. ... Sagarin rating: 74.7.
Park Tudor: The 2A top-ranked Panthers are shooting for their third state crown in four years. They won in 2011 and 2012 during current IU guard Yogi Ferrell's final two seasons. They are making their fourth title game appearance in five years. ... Park Tudor, which has won 10 straight games and beat No. 2 Clarksville 76-64 in last week's semistate, leads the state in scoring at 82.0 points per game and is eighth in margin at 21.9. ... Cox, an assistant at Park Tudor the previous four years, succeeded Ed Schilling before this season after Schilling left to become an assistant at UCLA. Cox is a 2002 Blue River Valley graduate who scored 1,987 career points and led Blue River to a 2001 semistate win over none other than Park Tudor. Also a standout golfer, Cox set the national high school record for career free throw percentage (92.0 on 565-of-614) and went on to play at Ball State. ... Sagarin rating: 94.6.