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ST. JOHN — Jack Davis is headed to buy a box or a frame or "something" to hold the piece of net he cut down from the rim in his own gym.

"I've got to find something to hold it in," the Lake Central junior said. "We worked so hard for this one."

The Indians held off a feisty Morton team to win their first sectional title on their home floor with a 75-46 victory on Saturday.

"This is like nothing else. I'll remember this for the rest of my life," said Davis, whose 19 points helped propel the Indians. "I still can't believe it."

Lake Central's defense held Morton to 17 second-half points, slowing down an offense that relied on 3-point shots in the first half. Morton's four field goals in the second quarter came from beyond the arch.

The Indians led by two, 31-29, at halftime.

"(Kionne) Layne was hitting some really good shots," Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. "He's a very, very good offensive player. We tried to focus on him and get a hand in their faces. We wanted them to shoot over our hands."

Morton hit no 3s in the second half and shot 35 percent from the floor, taking 20 shots. Lake Central hit 17 of their 23 second-half shots.

"We made sure our defense was on point," Davis said. "We wanted to tighten the screws."

Conner Tomasic added 12 points for the Indians, Keon Sellers picked up 12 and Justin Graciano's 10 rebounds paced Lake Central's game on the glass. The Indians out-rebounded Morton 28-20.

Lake Central has won three sectionals in the last seven seasons, making the Class of 2011 the last to graduate from L.C. without a title.

Lake Central's journey this season didn't have the same winning percentage as the previous two sectional titles. The 2012 team won the championship and finished in the regional with a 21-3 record. The 2014 team reached the state finals and had a 22-4 record.

This season, the Indians (15-12), won three games in all of January, including an overtime loss to Valparaiso, which won Sectional 2 while L.C. was cutting down the nets in Sectional 1.

"It was unbelievable to (win) it here," Milausnic said. "You saw our crowd tonight, there's not a better home crowd in all of Northern Indiana. They were here when we weren't playing good games in January and I'm very thankful to have them here tonight to see this."

In January, Morton lost head coach Robert Hall to cancer. The Governors (11-15) won one of their last five games heading into the sectional and rallied in both the quarterfinal and semifinal to beat first Highland and then E.C. Central to reach the title game.

"With this year, this controversial year that they've had, the seniors held it all together," Morton's interim coach Scott Lush said. "And this coaching staff has held it together all year long. ... All of the assistants did a lot for these boys.

"They never gave up, they left it all on the floor every game, we just came up a little short in this one."

Layne's 19 points led Morton.


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