The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder
Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy, left, defends Noblesville’s Alex Hunt during their matchup earlier this season. This past Saturday, the Greyhounds won the semi-state championship by 29-points against Penn High School and now will move on to play Ben Davis (20-7) this Saturday, March 23, in the 4A state championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Mulloy — who averages over 14 points per game — managed 16 in Saturday’s semi-state game.
The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy, left, defends Noblesville’s Alex Hunt during their matchup earlier this season. This past Saturday, the Greyhounds won the semi-state championship by 29-points against Penn High School and now will move on to play Ben Davis (20-7) this Saturday, March 23, in the 4A state championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Mulloy — who averages over 14 points per game — managed 16 in Saturday’s semi-state game.
The Carmel Greyhounds (25-1) took on Penn High School (26-5) on Saturday in the semi-state championship game in Logansport. Carmel got themselves off to a strong start — outscoring Penn 15-3 in the opening quarter — and played well defensively on their way to a 71-42 victory.

With the win Carmel moves on to play the Ben Davis Giants (20-7) in the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals on Saturday, March 23, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Carmel was led by senior John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 16 points. Peter Suder and Andrew Owens each had 15 points, Karsten Windland finished with 14, Luke Heady had 5, Robert Fry had 4, and Cole Brady rounded-out the Greyhounds scoring with 2 points of his own.

Penn was led by Drew Lutz, who led all-scorers with 17 points. Beau Ludwick added 8 points, and Noah Applegate and Kegan Hoskins finished the game with 7 points each.

Carmel got out to a big lead during the first quarter as Penn struggled to score. By the time senior Karsten Windlan scored five points at the end of the first for the Greyhounds, the score was 15-3.

Things didn’t change much during the second quarter. With four minutes left in the half, Carmel had stretched the lead to 20-5. At the end of the first half Carmel’s Peter Suder made a bucket to give his Greyhounds a 28-8 lead going into the locker room.

In the first three minutes of the third Carmel got the lead up to 24 points: 32-8. By the end of the third, Carmel was ahead by 25 points: 44-19.
By the fourth quarter it was more than clear that Carmel was on its way to a state championship, and in the final minutes starters were taken off the floor to avoid injury.

When the final buzzer sounded, Carmel was on top 71-42.

The 4A IHSAA State Championship boys basketball game is set to tipoff at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With the win, the Greyhounds (25-1) will move on to play the Ben Davis Giants (20-7) in that championship game.

In the Class A championship, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian Braves (27-2) will take on Barr-Reeve Vikings (26-2) at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Class 2A championship is set to feature the Andrean Fighting 59ers (20-8) against the Linton-Stockton Miners (27-3) at 12:45 p.m. The Class 3A championship starts at 6 p.m., when the Culver Academies Eagles (24-3) play the Silver Creek Dragons (24-3).

Tickets are $15 per person for two games or $30 per person for an all-day ticket to all four games. Reserved tickets may be purchased at the participating schools this week. Any remaining tickets not sold by the schools will be available game day at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse ticket office.

There are multiple parking options throughout the downtown area that are within walking distance of the Fieldhouse. The Virginia Avenue Garage — which charges a fee and is located directly to the east of the venue — connects to the Fieldhouse from the third floor of the garage via a walkway over Delaware Street. The entrance to the Virginia Avenue Garage is located off of Maryland Street.

All four state championship game will also air live on Fox Sports Indiana. For viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast. Also, South Bend’s WHME Channel 46 will carry all four games for viewers in the Michiana area.

The broadcast team for the Class A championship will include play-by play from Jeremiah Johnson, color commentary by Bob Lovell and sideline reporting by Tony Donohue. The Class 2A championship broadcast team will include play-by play from Pat Boylan, color commentary by Bob Lovell and sideline reporting by Jeremiah Johnson. The Class 3A championship broadcast team will include play-by play from Greg Rakestraw, color commentary by Mike Broughton and sideline reporting by Chris May. The Class 4A game will feature the same broadcast team as 3A: Rakestraw, Broughton and May.