INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t a tale of two halves, it was a tale of two Blackhawks, and both are dangerous.
The Braves pulled away from Parke Heritage thanks to big third quarter from Caleb Furst, and defeated the Wolves 55-40 in the Class 2A State Championship game Saturday.
In the first half, the Braves had to play without their Mr. Indiana Basketball candidate, Caleb Furst, for a large chunk. However, in the second half, he made his case for why he should win the award.
The Purdue-commit had 20 points, 18 in the second half, seven rebounds and six blocks.
“He’s been making that case for four years. Obviously, I’m biased. There’s nobody in this state that I’m taking over Caleb Furst. It’s not even close. I think it was the exclamation point on a four-year run,” Blackhawk Christian head coach Marc Davidson said.
Furst went out of the first half with 5:19 left in the second quarter and the Braves up 15-5.
“Parke Heritage is a good team. They’re a very physical team. Just watching them on film we knew defensively that they were going to be extremely physical,” Davidson said. “It took us a little while to get into a rhythm. Having Caleb on the bench in the first half changes our looks little bit as a team.”
Having Furst on the bench isn’t something the Braves wanted, but it allowed Zane Burke and Jacob Boyer to step up.
Burke finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Boyer had 14 points and four rebounds.
“He’s a kid that can hurt you in a lot of ways. He’s a great compliment to (Furst and Burke), because he doesn’t make mistakes. He can handle the ball, passes it really well, he’s an excellent shooter and he can play back to the basket and get easy shots inside,” Davidson said.
Marcus Davidson had six rebounds, five assists and five points.
Connor Davis led the Wolves (27-4) with 18 points and nine rebounds. Riley Ferguson had nine points and three assists.
Davis cut the lead back to single digits with a pair of free throws, then Boyer pushed it back to 10, then 11, after converting a three-point play after an offensive rebound.
Davis and Ferguson kept Parke Heritage close with five straight points, but Boyer hit another three-pointer after an offensive rebound by Lewis Jones to make it 24-15.
Marcus Davidson drilled a three with six seconds left in the half to give the Braves a 27-19 lead at the break.
Blackhawk was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first half, and the Wolves shot 22.7 percent from the field in first 16 minutes.
In the second half, it was time for Furst to take over.
After a couple of missed shots inside, the ball bounced around and came to Furst, who was wide open for a dunk, which got him going.
He went on to score the next 11 points for the Braves, which kept the Blackhawk lead around double digits.
The lead increased to 15 after a fast-break layup by Gage Sefton, another jumper from Furst and a layup by Davidson.
All of the subs for both teams came in with a minute left, signifying the Braves had their second state title in three years secured.
Blackhawk graduates six seniors, including four in the starting lineup, but this group was able to accomplish a lot over the past four seasons and end their time with the Braves with another piece of hardware.
“Super proud of these guys. What these guys have accomplished in between the lines on the basketball court has been remarkable when you think about the wins, the postseason success,” Davidson said. “What I am most proud of is who they are as young men. These guys are exemplary young men.”