INDIANAPOLIS | After a week of great joy and state-wide attention, Lake Central boys basketball coach Dave Milausnic had an emotional thought late on Saturday night.
He was in the tunnel at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis after Indianapolis Tech survived with a 63-59 win in the Class 4A state championship game.
"I'm not going to be coaching Tye Wilburn or Tyler Wideman again, or the other seven seniors," Milausnic said. "Those kids have done a great job in building this program. They will be missed."
L.C. only scored 12 points in the first quarter, where the offense struggled and Wideman left the court bleeding after being fouled hard by a Titan. Tech's lead ballooned to 23 points and it looked all but over.
But the Indians put on a remarkable comeback and got within three points with 10.9 seconds left. Wilburn scored 20. Wideman had 19 as both seniors played a spirited second half.
Matt Meneghetti hit three 3-pointers.
"We never quit," senior Chris Tuskan said. "I wish we would've had another minute."
Milausnic said he wouldn't have any more pride if his team had come back and won.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys,” Milausnic said. “If we got another possession and won, I wouldn’t be any prouder because they battled.”
In the Class 3A game, Bowman Academy fell to top-ranked Greensburg 89-76. The Pirates had 25 assists in 31 field goals and were 12-of-21 shooting beyond the arc.
Eagles coach Marvin Rea felt good when sophomore Montrell Barfield said, "It's OK coach, we'll get you back next year."
Rea was looking to win his third state championship in three different classes. In 2012 Bowman was spanked by Indianapolis Park Tudor in the Class 2A game 79-57.
But the next March, Bowman beat Linton-Stockton 86-73 to win its first 2A crown.
"Hopefully we can get back here and do what we did before, get it right in our second 3A game," Rea said.