The Carmel Greyhounds (22-1) took on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (16-9) on Saturday night in the championship game of Sectional 8 play, and the Greyhounds came out on top 45-39.

It was a fairly even game, as the six point deficit at the end was also likely the average deficient throughout. Both teams also managed to pull down 27 rebounds.

The Greyhounds were led by John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 19 points and 7 rebounds. Michael-Mulloy also went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line just one night after he had his fair share of struggles from the stripe against Fishers. Karsten Windlan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Owens managed 10 points as well and Pete Suder had 6 of his own.

Hamilton Southeastern’s leading scorer was junior Chris Grubbs, who ended the night with 12 points. Sophomore Vinny Buccilla added 6 points, junior Kole Hombuckle and sophomore Landon Morris each had 5 points, senior Aaron Etherington and junior Mabor Majek each had 4, and junior Elliot Robinson rounded out the Royals’ scoring with 3 points of his own. The Royals were 4 of 14 from behind the three-point line.

Unfortunately for Hamilton Southeastern they were forced to play without one of their most talented guards, Noah Smith.

In the first quarter, things were tight in the opening minutes before Carmel went on a 8-1 run that was finished off by a big three from Carmel’s Karsten Windland that gave the Greyhounds an early 11-4 lead. But HSE went on a run of its own and by the end of the first the Royals trailed by just four points: 13-9.

For the rest of the game Carmel would never push the lead back to seven points, but they managed to keep the Royals at bay—including holding HSE’s 7-footer, Mabor Majek, to just four points and six boards.

Hamilton Southeastern ended their season with a 16-9 record.

The Greyhounds move on to play Fort Wayne Northrup (17-8) in the regional semifinals on Saturday, March 9. Northrup should be a very winnable game for Carmel, but the Bruins have won their last game by a combined 42 points and should prove to be a fairly formidable opponent. That game is set to tipoff at 10 a.m. in Logansport.