INDIANAPOLIS | If you were playing Ronnye Beamon Jr. in a game of H-O-R-S-E, he'd hit this shot nearly every time.
Saturday afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse, it failed him in the biggest game of his prep career as Indianapolis Park Tudor edged Bishop Noll, 43-42, in the 2A state title game.
Beamon drove the middle in the final seconds and shot a 5-footer that clanged off the backboard as he and two Panthers dove on the court in a mad scramble for the loose ball.
The buzzer sounded and Park Tudor had prevailed, handing Noll its first loss in 27 games.
"I'm gonna shoot that shot another 5,000 more times. I thought it was good. It's a layup. I should've made it," Beamon said. "I always go down the middle and shoot shots like that.
"I made three or four today. I should've made that one."
A three-point play by Park Tudor freshman Trevon Bluiett with 1:22 remaining accounted for the final. He played more like a senior and had a game-high 21 points.
Teammate J.B. Rapp had made it interesting by missing the front of a 1-and-1 with 18.2 seconds to go. Noll rebounded and then called time at 13.4.
"It was the play we drew up," Noll coach Drew Trost said. "We knew they'd be overly concerned with (Adonis) Filer and they were. We figured Beamon would be wide open out there, which he was.
"He got a good pass. He went to the rim. It was about as good a shot as you could wish for to win a state championship but for some reason it didn't go our way."
You expected this low-scoring, tightly-played game by two defensive-minded teams. Noll was allowing 46.8 points per game, Park Tudor 45.4.
The Panthers' biggest lead was 5-4, Noll's 16-7.
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell added 14 points for the Panthers (26-2), who somehow managed to win despite shooting 35.6 percent from the field and missing 16 of 18 shots beyond the 3-point arc.
Noll also shot 35.6 percent and missed all seven of its 3-point attempts. Many of its 13 turnovers -- twice the number Park Tudor had -- came from the Panthers' half-court trap.
Filer had 19 points and Beamon 11 for the Warriors.
The majority of Filer's points came inside and for a reason.
"The first half, I missed a lot of 3s and the second half I couldn't get even my jump shots to drop so they started anticipating I was gonna go to the hole," said Filer, held to nine points after intermission.
Noll led 24-21 at the half but was held to 18 second-half points, including six in the final period.
"We're still obviously the first team from Bishop Noll to go downstate in basketball and play in the championship game," Trost said. "It's still an awesome season. It was great to see how the fans and the Bishop Noll community unified around us.
"It hurts right now but I'm sure in a couple of days I'll look back and see it was even more special."
Saturday's win was sweet revenge for coach Ed Schilling and his Panthers, who were state runners-up to Wheeler last season.
"It was a little different emotion this year than last year," Schilling said. "I take my hat off to Bishop Noll. It's a shame someone had to lose it. I'm glad it wasn't us this year.
"What a terrific performance, a gutty performance, when you fall behind by nine points and are able to claw back against a great 26-0 team -- the only undefeated team in the state."