MARION – Homestead fell to Carmel 48-39, ending its quest for a first-ever regional championship Saturday.
The Class 4A No. 9 Spartans (23-3) were outscored 12-5 in the fourth quarter by the No. 4 Greyhounds (21-4) at the Marion Class 4A Regional championship.
Zach Terrell led Homestead with 17 points, and Nick Gamble added nine.
We knew Carmel was a great team, and we knew it was going to be a tough game, Terrell said. We gave everything we had.
I am proud of the effort the guys gave the whole season. People didn’t expect a lot out of us at the beginning of the year, and we surprised a lot of people and showed a lot of character. We showed Homestead can make a run and do well.
The Spartans pulled to within 39-38 early in the fourth before Carmel finished with a 9-1 run.
Both teams struggled shooting. Homestead made 13 of 41, while Carmel was 17 of 45.
Michael Volovic led Carmel, which advances to semistate, with 17 points.
Carmel led 26-24 at halftime.
The Spartans have won six sectional titles but are still without a regional championship.
In the semifinals, Homestead beat Northrop 69-62.
The Spartans avenged a regular-season loss to the Bruins.
Terrell led Homestead with 21 points, Seth Coate had 19 points and nine rebounds and Gamble added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in the early game.
The Spartans led 35-32 at halftime. The Bruins led 50-42 in the second half before being outscored 22-8 in the fourth.
We knew Northrop would make their runs, Homestead coach Chris Johnson said. It was a matter of staying in there and not giving up.
Northrop beat Homestead 72-60 on Feb. 21, the last of the Spartans’ back-to-back losses after winning their first 19 games.
We didn’t allow them to get transition and easy baskets like last time, and we made them take tough shots, Johnson said.
Carmel beat Kokomo 52-48 in the first semifinal game.