ELKHART – Blackhawk Christian is headed to the state title game for just the second time, and they did so without leaving their fans in any suspense, dominating in a 74-51 win over Lafayette Central Catholic at Elkhart's North Side Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Blackhawk Christian jumped out to an 11-0 lead and then a 16-2 lead early in the first quarter as every member of the Braves starting five scored.
Lafayette Central Catholic's Carson Barrett hit a 3-pointer and then a 2 to pull the Knights within 22-9 late in the first quarter, but they would never get that close again. The Braves led by as much as 28 points in the second quarter and went into halftime up 46-21.
Senior Frank Davidson led the Braves with 17 points, while sophomore Zane Burke scored 15 points, all from 3-point land. Senior Michael Pulver scored 13, all of them in the first half, and sophomore Marcus Davidson had 11 points off the bench.
Sophomore Caleb Furst, the Braves' 6-foot-10 big man, picked up his second foul early and spent much of the first half on the bench. He had a quiet afternoon by his standards, scoring just eight points.
Blackhawk Christian will face Barr-Reeve in the Class A finals at 10:30 a.m. March 23 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Vikings beat Bloomfield 65-39 in their semi-state.
The Braves, who lost in the semi-state round last year, previously reached the title game in 2004, losing to Waldron.