INDIANAPOLIS – Although Concordia senior Thomas Starks won the Class 3A mental attitude award Saturday, he wanted to share it.
I am very thankful for the award, but I couldnt do it without my Christian faith and my teammates, Starks said after the Cadets fell in the 3A state title game, 73-70 in overtime to Greensburg on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. I want to thank my teammates and my coaches. We were always there for each other and would push each other. If I could share the award with every single one of them, I would. I think everybody deserves it.
It is a blessing to be here (at state). It was a goal of ours, and it was a place we wanted to be.
Starks was credited with one of the better mental attitude speeches in recent memory after the game.
I didnt hear all the things he said, but one of the guys who has been doing this for a while said it was the finest speech he has heard from someone receiving that award, Concordia coach Josh Eggold said. His speech makes us proud.
The Cadets’ future?
After making their first state finals appearance in school history, the Cadets will lose seven seniors off the 3A state runner-up team, including four starters.
Junior D.J. McCall, who led Concordia in the 3A game with 17 points and had a big late-game dunk, is the lone returning starter.
To be here and know what it is like, and to pass that down to others, will let kids coming up know how it feels, McCall said. I learned a lot (from the seniors), and I hope to be a good leader next year.
The senior starters were Ryan Gross, Brian Gremaux, Marq Rogers and Thomas Starks. Reserve seniors were Austin Harris, Aric Curry and Brandon Webb.
Davon Dillard scored 24 points to lead Bowman Academy to an 86-73 win over Linton-Stockton, as the Eagles won their second title in four years and rebounded from a runner-up season in 2012.
Bowman won its first title in Class 2A. Justin King and Antonio Pipkin each contributed 16 points for the Eagles.
The Miners fell behind by 16 points in the third quarter before pulling to 60-52 entering the fourth. They made 9 of 10 shots in the third and got as close as five on four occasions in the fourth. Bowman (18-9) used a 6-0 run to lead 76-65 with less than three minutes remaining and closed it out from there.
Austin Karazsia led Linton-Stockton (24-4) with 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Miners shot 55 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers.
Jalen McCoy scored 15 points, including three three-pointers, to lead Borden to a 55-50 win over Triton for its first state title in any sport in school history.
Michael Lynch had 13 points and Cody Bachman had 10 for the Braves.
Clay Yeo had 26 points with six rebounds and Tanner Shepherd had 10 for the Trojans, who made their first state finals appearance.
The Braves survived a late run by the Trojans and scored three 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter to stay ahead.
They took an 18-9 lead by halftime.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.