Osgood Journal Sports
March 31, 2009
Franklin, Sports Writer
starter Trevor Arnett drains the three bomb despite
tight defense by Triton Trojan Cody Carpenter.
Franklin, Sports Writer
Under the scrutinizing
eye of the referee, JCD Eagle senior Gerald Hardesty
holds his ground to defend the basket against the offensive
move of a Trojan's rush.
Franklin, Sports Writer
Trojan Ben Montalbano
(12) finds a solid road block in Eagle senior Blake
Sutton (14), as he attempts to drive to the basket.
Franklin, Sports Writer
the Eagles arrive in Indy to support the home team.
From floor to rafters, fans roosted.
Eagles end Trojan repeat hopes
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
The IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association)
crowned the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles as the '09 Boys Basketball State
Champions of Class 1A on Saturday, March 28, after they derailed
last year's champion Triton Trojans, 66-55.
State Championship Game
The lack of a score over the first four and a half minutes of
the game found the Eagles erupting in excitement as senior Tim
Arnett rang the bell for a field goal and the 2-0 lead off the
assist of senior teammate Blake Sutton. At 2:35, the Trojans
found an answer with a FG by Zac Moriarty to tie the game at
A mere 16 seconds later, senior Eagle and later to be named
'09 Tressler Award Winner, Gerald Hardesty, nailed his first
FG in the paint to regain the lead at 4-2. Trojan Ben Montalbalno's
answer came in the form of the first three pointer scored by
either team, giving Triton their first lead of the game at 5-4.
The Eagles recaptured the lead with senior Hardesty's second
FG in the paint off teammate Shane Adams' assist, where the
first quarter scoring ended with a 6-5 Eagle lead.
Second quarter action found the mighty Eagles flushing the orange
at a pace of 19-8 over the Trojan championship repeat hopefuls,
sealing the game's fate.
Even with two quarters left to be played the mighty Eagle machine
had taken flight and was a dominating force that could not be
Colton Keel scored the first basket in the second period and
captured the last lead for the Trojans in the day's event. Eagle
sophomore Trevor Arnett drove the lane for a lay-up to give
JCD the 8-7 lead. Nearly one minute later, senior Eagle Blake
Sutton added his first points of the game into history with
a medium range jumper. Eagle Trevor Arnett rattled the rim with
the first 3 pointer of the game for JCD, edging forward to a
six point 13-7 lead.
Joel Meister answered for the Trojans with a lay-up, only to
have Eagle senior Tim Arnett drill the net with a jump shot.
Eagle Sutton grabbed the defensive rebound, scurried up court
and nailed his first 3 pointer of the game, edging the Eagle
lead to double at 18-9 Trojans.
Nearly two minutes passed before Sutton rose to ring the bell
with another 3 pointer for the Eagles. A Sutton foul followed,
sending Trojan Montalbano to the charity stripe where he converted
both shots. As time dwindled away for first half action, Trojan
Meister added a layup to the Triton score, quickly followed
by Eagle Shane Adams' first FG basket via a jump shot.
With only 22 seconds remaining in the first half, Eagle Sutton
broke away for a lay-up to end scoring in the second quarter,
providing JCD with a 25-13 lead.
The Eagles had indeed Landed!
Wasting no time to get into the offensive set in the third quarter,
Eagle senior Matt Gehl struck for his first points of the game
with an in your face lay-up off the assist of teammate Tim Arnett.
Eagle Sutton quickly set Gehl up for another shot, catching
nothing but the inner loops of the net. Boom, 7:06 in the third
period and JCD was holding a commanding 16 point 29-13 lead.
Life was good for the Eagles and their fans, but Coach Bradshaw
knew better than to celebrate too quickly.
Griffyn Carpenter of the Trojans delivered the long range three
pointer, followed by a foul assessed to Eagle Tim Arnett, sending
Trojan Meister to the line. Meister scored the pair, leaving
a score of 29-18. The Eagles added to their score sheet with
a Hardesty layup. The Triton answer came off a FG by Austin
Eagle Trevor Arnett advanced the Jac-Cen-Del effort with a short
range jumper at the five and a half minute mark. A Hardesty
defensive rebound led to a a Gehl lay-up off a Sutton assist,
putting the Eagles up by 15 at 35-20.
With JCD threatening to stretch the lead even further, a Trevor
Arnett turnover resulted in a Trojan basket by Carpenter. Within
seconds, Eagle Gehl scored for JCD to erase the points lost.
A media time out at the 3:53 mark led to basket trading by Trojan
Colton Keel and Eagle Hardesty with a tip in. Eagle Gehl followed
suit adding a pair of FG's and a FT to advance JCD's lead to
20 at 44-24.
With just over a minute remaining in period three, Trojan Carpenter
erupted for a trey, but scoring was halted for both teams for
the remainder until the last second where Eagle Gehl connected
for another FG to end the scoring, JCD 46-27.
State Championship Finale
Triton's Keel scored early in the fourth quarter, only to have
Eagle Gehl deliver a jump shot for two. Trojan Keel added a
pair of FT's followed by a 3 pointer by Meister off the Montalbano
assist. Gehl again produced the Eagle answer with a running
jumper, leaving the score at 50-34.
Trojan Meister sank three FT shots leading to another Eagle
Gehl FG. Gehl added a FT to complete the old fashioned three
point combo. An Eagle Hardesty called foul sent Trojan Carpenter
to the charity stripe where he made good on the pair.
Inching their way back into the contest, the Trojans were not
ready to wave the white flag just yet. Trojan Keel scored a
lay-up followed by Carpenter's drilling of a trey from downtown
to close the differential to nine points at 53-44 with three
and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Sent to the line after being fouled, Eagle Sutton capped a pair
of FT's. Fouled again, Sutton added two more via the charity
stripe. Sent to the line for the third consecutive time, Sutton
drilled two more FT's which reinstated the JCD lead to a 15
point margin at 59-44.
With just under two minutes remaining in the Class 1A State
Championship battle, Trojan Carpenter rose to drain a three
pointer. Eagle Gehl was sent to the line where he connected
on one of two attempts in each of three trips to the line. With
the Trojan's yet unwilling to cry uncle, Carpenter added another
three pointer to his team's tally. Fouling Eagle Gehl, Gehl
mastered both shots to send JCD's lead to 63-53 at 1:14.
Eagle Sutton was fouled by the Trojans as soon as the ball was
inbounded, following which he nailed the pair. Eagle Sutton
drilled two more FT shots for the final scoring of the game
and a score of 66-55 after which Coach Bradshaw emptied his
bench to allow his seniors to be recognized.
Eagle Derek Lunsford collected the last rebound off the Trojan's
backboard and teammate Brandon Wilhoit controlled the ball until
Eagle-mania erupted as all realized they indeed
2009 STATE CHAMPION JAC-CEN-DEL EAGLES!
Score by Quarter
Jac-Cen-Del 6-5 Triton
Jac-Cen-Del 25-13 Triton
Jac-Cen-Del 46-27 Triton
Jac-Cen-Del 66-55 Triton
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 66
Sr. Matt Gehl 26
Sr. Blake Sutton 19
Sr. Gerald Hardesty 8
So. Trevor Arnett 7
Sr. Tim Arnett 4
Jr. Shane Adams 2
Non-scoring Eagle team members: Spencer Purdy, Ethan Harmeyer,
Derek Lunsford, Daniel Harlemert, Brandon Wilhoit, Dalton Garnett,
Joe Abplanalp, and Clay Comer.
Managers Ethan Hess and Jim Dobbs. Varsity Coach David Bradshaw,
Reserve Coach Steve Narwold, Freshman Coach Roy Thomas, Jr.
High Coaches: David Espinda and Travis Rohrig. Athletic Trainer
Michelle Sebastian, JCD Athletic Director Mark Meyer, JCDHS
Principal Johnny Budd and Jac-Cen-Del Superintendent Bill Narwold.
Triton Trojans 55
Griffyn Carpenter 14
Joel Meister 12
Colton Keel 12
Cody Carpenter 8
Ben Montalbano 5
Austin Davis 2
Zac Moriarty 2
Non-scoring Trojans: Curtis Norman, Dustin Kreft, Camron Garey,
Taran Holderman and Jordan Everett.