BERNE – Adams Central is starting to feel a good vibe in South Adams gym.
The Jets have snapped two championship droughts in the Stardome this year, including a 74-62 win over Bishop Luers in a Class 2A sectional championship Monday.
Its the first sectional title in 11 years for the Jets (19-3), coming on the heels on their first ACAC championship in 35 years, which was also clinched at South Adams,a few weeks back.
We knew this group was coming, Adams Central coach Aaron McClure said. They have worked really, really hard through middle school and the first couple of years of high school, and then they grew and got their athleticism going. It was definitely a team we knew was going to be pretty good. Did I know they would win the conference and the sectional? Well, you sure hope so.
Adams Central will face Westview (20-5) on Saturday in the semifinals of the North Judson Regional.
Maverick Baumer (25), Dalton Combs (22) and Kyle Fawcett (15) combined to score 62 of the Jets 74 points in the title game win.
The Jets faithful ran onto the court, having to wait an extra two days to celebrate after the game was postponed Saturday because the Knights girls team was playing in the state finals.
I dont know what really to say, Combs said. It is a great thing to have, and with all these people here it is a great atmosphere.
SAC champion Bishop Luers (14-9) played the final month of the season without leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. and finished as the sectional runner-up for the second straight season.
I cant let this game cloud the fact we did win the conference a second straight time in a row, Luers coach James Blackmon Sr. said. We would like to get past the sectional, but I tip my hats to my guys. Sometimes you dont win all the games, but I was proud of the effort they gave me.
The Knights did avenge last years title loss to Bluffton by beating the Tigers 46-44 in the sectional semifinals but couldnt get past the athletic Jets.
Dwight Richards led the Knights with 24 points. Domonique Williams added 11.
Luers got aggressive in the second half and trimmed the lead inside of double figures a couple of times early in the fourth quarter but ran out of steam.
It came down to making plays, McClure said. Luers is so athletic, and you have to take care of the ball. We did well against their pressure and made just enough free throws down the stretch.
Adams Central pushed the advantage to 49-32 midway through the third and settled on a 57-43 lead heading into the final quarter.
Luers got it to within nine, 59-50 early in the fourth, but Combs hit 5 of 6 free throws and Baumer was 3 of 4 down the stretch.