INDIANAPOLIS — The Hauser boys basketball team can say it beat the Class A state champions.
Unfortunately for the Jets, their victory at Morristown that essentially was for the Mid-Hoosier Conference title came during the regular season and not in the sectional, when the Yellow Jackets took the rematch. Fourth-ranked Morristown went on to claim the state title Saturday with an 89-60 rout of No. 3 Southwood.
Eli Streeval led the Yellow Jackets (28-2) with 35 points on 14-of-18 shooting. Teammate Logan Laster added 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to record the first triple-double in a state championship game since Hauser’s Bobby Jolliff (10 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks) did it in 2006, when the Jets captured their only state title.
Hayden Langkabel added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Trevon Carlton had 12 points for Morristown, which set Class A state championship game records for total points, margin of victory and with 51 points in the second half, en route to its first state crown. Peyton Trexler led the Knights (25-4) with 18 points.
Southwood’s Carson Blair won the Mental Attitude Award.
Caleb Middlesworth scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Oak Hill to its first state title with a 56-44 win against Forest Park.
The No. 6 Eagles (26-5) led only 34-32 late in the third quarter before pulling away with a 17-4 run. David Arens added 13 points for Oak Hill, while Curt Hopf led the No. 11 Rangers (25-5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Forest Park’s Collin Hochgesang won the Mental Attitude Award.
Culver Academies used an 18-0 first-half run to take a 30-8 lead early in the second quarter and went on to down Evansville Bosse 64-49 for its first state title.
Ethan Brittian-Watts led the No. 4 Eagles (23-6) with 20 points, while Trey Galloway and Deontae Craig each added 14. Mekhi Lairy led the No. 3 Bulldogs (25-5) with 28 points.
Bosse’s Jaylin Chinn won the Mental Attitude Award.
The 4A title game between No. 1 Warren Central and No. 10 Carmel ended too late for publication.