INDIANAPOLIS — Jamar Weaver would not give in. He said he couldn't.
It wasn't until he actually left the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor in the final moments of the Class 2A IHSAA state boys basketball championiship before the Westview senior realized that beating Park Tudor was not going to happen.
"I didn't come to grips with it until I came out. It hit me we're down 28-something with like three minutes left," said Weaver after the Warriors lost 84-57 to the powerful Panthers Saturday, March 29. "That's when I knew that there was nothing I could do."
Moments after the contest, the IHSAA presented Weaver and his family with the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award. Nathan Dean, Jimtown's athletic director and IHSAA executive board member, announced the honor.
Jamar is the son of Wanita and Mervin Weaver. Jamar finished with just four points and just three shots attempted from the field.
"All the time I put in school and work, it finally paid off," Weaver said.
"It's very humbling," Wanita Weaver said. "We're very proud of him. It's hard."