The Times photos by Bob Cross // Fotocross // ROLLING ON: No. 10 Carmel defeated No. 2 South Bend Riley 63-43 on Saturday to win the Class 4A Jefferson semi-state and advance to next weekend’s state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Greyhounds will take on No. 1 Warren Central.
The Times photos by Bob Cross // Fotocross // ROLLING ON: No. 10 Carmel defeated No. 2 South Bend Riley 63-43 on Saturday to win the Class 4A Jefferson semi-state and advance to next weekend’s state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Greyhounds will take on No. 1 Warren Central.
The Greyhounds played a nearly perfect game when it mattered most.

No. 10 Carmel trailed just once in its 63-43 win in the Class 4A Lafayette Jeff semi-state against No. 2 South Bend Riley Saturday to end the Wildcats’ bid at a perfect season.

After falling behind 3-0, Carmel (21-7) went on an 11-0 run fueled by its defense and a deft touch from deep. The Greyhounds hit four first-quarter 3’s, and didn’t allow the Wildcats (26-0) to score a second basket until 4:21 left in the quarter.

Carmel held South Bend Riley to 34 percent shooting (16-of-46) for the game, including just 3-of-17 from behind the arc.

The Greyhounds shot 8-of-14 from deep, with Andrew Owens knocking down four of his five attempts. Owens, a junior, finished with a game-high 18 points. Fellow junior John Michael Mulloy and senior Eddie Gill joined Owens in double-figures. Mulloy logged a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Gill added 11 points to go along with three assists and three steals.

Carmel led 19-12 after the first quarter, and stretched its lead to 32-21 at the half. The Greyhounds opened the second half on a 12-4 spurt behind six points from Mulloy and five from Gill. Carmel outscored South Bend Riley 17-10 in the quarter to take an 18-point edge into the fourth.

The Greyhounds wrapped up the contest at the free throw line, hitting 17-of-22 attempts, to advance to the Class 4A State Championship against No. 1 Warren Central on Saturday.

Rylen Grundy led the Wildcats in points with nine on 2-of-7 from the floor, and Harrington Greer scored eight. The Greyhounds finished at 67 percent shooting from the field (19-of-28), with half of their shot attempts coming from behind the arc.

Behind Mulloy, Carmel held a 24-18 advantage on the glass. Owens finished second on the Greyhounds with four boards, and Gill and Luke Heady grabbed three rebounds each. Heady led Carmel in assists with four.

Carmel and Warren Central (31-0) will face off at 8:15 p.m on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Warriors defeated the Greyhounds 66-65 on a buzzer beater when the two schools met Feb. 16 at Warren Central.