HEBRON | Westville left the Porter County Conference after the 1997-98 school year, but the Blackhawks jumped at the chance to return.
And the boys basketball team is enjoying the ride in the 91st annual PCC Tournament. The Blackhawks advanced to tonight's title game with a 75-68 victory over Washington Township early in the afternoon.
They earned the right to face Hebron, which held off Morgan Township 49-48 in the first semifinal, on the Hawks' home floor.
The Blackhawks (8-4) led 71-68 in the closing minute, when Alex Quinn came off the bench to hit 4-of-4 from the line to solidify the margin. Chris Wilkins led Westville with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Also for Westville, Shawn Gerron had 15 points and 10 assists, Austin Swistek had 15 points including a pair of 3-pointers, and Alex Henn added 10 points.
Nathan Line scored 16 points to lead five scorers in double figures for the Senators (8-5).
In the first game, the Hawks (8-3) had to withstand a late rally by the Cherokees (7-5).
Morgan overcame a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 37, but Hebron answered with the next six and hung on thanks to its free throw shooting. The Cherokees drew within a point on a 3 in the final seconds, but the Hawks were able to run out the clock.
Hebron's Drew Wheeler hit 11 of 12 free throws in the second half, including several down the stretch. He finished with 13 points, as did teammates Spencer Sutherland and Bryce Hanaway. Overall, the Hawks were 24 of 33 from the line.
Morgan was led by Jake Koselke with 16 points, most of them coming in the second half, while Chase Braden had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Abbett scored 10 points.