The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // FLYIN' HIGH: Carmel celebrates its Class 4A Logansport regional title Saturday night. The Greyhounds erased an early deficit and beat Fort Wayne North Side 54-42.
The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // FLYIN' HIGH: Carmel celebrates its Class 4A Logansport regional title Saturday night. The Greyhounds erased an early deficit and beat Fort Wayne North Side 54-42.
Once the Greyhounds settled in, the outcome was never truly in doubt.

Carmel erased an early deficit and claimed the Class 4A Logansport regional championship Saturday night with a 54-42 win over Fort Wayne North Side.

“I’m so happy for these guys, because they’ve worked for it,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn.”Early in the year, I would say, we didn’t do a very good job of keeping our composure. Now — we’re a veteran group that gets it.”

Keion Brooks put the Greyhounds’ composure to the test from the jump. Brooks, who is the top rated player in the 2019 class in Indiana and 22nd nationally, knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers that helped the Legends take a 9-4 lead.

Osborn called a timeout with just under four minutes left in the first and told his team to “just settle in.”

“(Fort Wayne North) hit some shots early,” Osborn said. “Brooks hit some shots — he’s got to cool off at some point. I told them, ‘Just stay with the plan.’”

Carmel’s game plan, Osborn said, was to stay tough and play together on the defensive end. If somebody made a mistake, the help side defense needed to be there, he said.

As they’ve done the second half of the season, the Greyhounds bought in.

Junior John Michael Mulloy scored all six of his points in the first quarter after the timeout, as Carmel ended the quarter on a 13-3 run. Mulloy struggled with foul trouble throughout the game, eventually fouling out with about three minutes left in the fourth.

Brooks battled foul trouble of his own. The 6-8 versatile wingman, who finished with a game-high 20 points, was forced to the bench halfway through the second with his third foul. Carmel extended what was a six-point lead at the time Brooks exited to nine at the half. A 3-pointer at the buzzer courtesy of Karsten Windlan gave the Greyhounds a 29-20 lead heading into the locker room.

Windlan opened the third quarter hitting a pair of free throws to push Carmel’s advantage to double-digits. Fort Wayne North could only cut the margin to single digits once the rest of the way.

Jalen Whack and Andrew Owens both scored a team-high 13 for the Greyhounds, who shot 16-of-37 (43.2 percent) from the field as a team. The Legends managed to hit just 12-of their 38 shot attempts (31.6 percent), including 2-of-17 from behind the arc.

Despite scoring 20, Brooks struggled to find a rhythm as Carmel guard Eddie Gill trailed the Legends’ leading scorer all night. The 6-foot Gill didn’t let an 8-inch height difference stop him from being a defensive pest, holding Brooks to 5-of-13 shooting.

“Eddie did a heck of a job,” Osborn said. “He made (Brooks’) shots tough, was physical with him, tried to turn him into a jump shooter … Eddie’s a heck of an athlete … he worked his butt off tonight.”
Carmel (20-7) held a 32-22 edge on the glass behind a game-high nine rebounds by Mulloy. Whack and Owens pulled down six and five boards, respectively. Three players on Fort Wayne North (21-6) grabbed four.

Whack and Owens were the only Greyhounds who finished with double-figure points, although they received enough support from their comrades. Gill scored eight points, Mulloy had six and Windlan chipped in with five. Point guard Luke Heady scored four to go with a game-high four assists, and Cole Jenkins, who didn’t play the majority of the second half because of a rib injury, also finished with four.

Carmel advances to the semi-state at Lafayette Jefferson where they’ll face off against South Bend Riley.