Photo courtesy of IHSAA
The 2018-19 4A IHSAA Boys Basketball State Champion Carmel Greyhounds pose for a photo with cheerleaders and coaches after bringing home their fourth boys basketball title by beating Ben Davis 60-55 on Saturday night. Carmel’s starting five was made up by John Michael Mulloy, Karsten Windlan, Luke Heady, Andrew Owens and Peter Suder. The rest of the team is rounded out by: Jackson Jannsen, Conner Wemhoff, Robert “Bobby” Fry II, Ben Frische, and Cole Brady. The coaching staff is made up of: Ryan Osborn (Head Coach), Rich Conley (Assistant Coach), JR Howell (Assistant Coach), Walt Morris (Assistant Coach), Josh Cole (JV Head Coach), Andrew Foley (Assistant Coach), Dan Reddan (Head Freshman Coach), and Deshaun Holder (Freshman Assistant Coach).
Photo courtesy of IHSAA The 2018-19 4A IHSAA Boys Basketball State Champion Carmel Greyhounds pose for a photo with cheerleaders and coaches after bringing home their fourth boys basketball title by beating Ben Davis 60-55 on Saturday night. Carmel’s starting five was made up by John Michael Mulloy, Karsten Windlan, Luke Heady, Andrew Owens and Peter Suder. The rest of the team is rounded out by: Jackson Jannsen, Conner Wemhoff, Robert “Bobby” Fry II, Ben Frische, and Cole Brady. The coaching staff is made up of: Ryan Osborn (Head Coach), Rich Conley (Assistant Coach), JR Howell (Assistant Coach), Walt Morris (Assistant Coach), Josh Cole (JV Head Coach), Andrew Foley (Assistant Coach), Dan Reddan (Head Freshman Coach), and Deshaun Holder (Freshman Assistant Coach).

The Carmel Greyhounds (26-1) took on the Ben Davis Giants (20-8) in the IHSAA 4A State Finals on Saturday night. The Greyhounds — who were determined to avenge their loss in last year’s state title game against Warren Central — took home their fourth state title in boys basketball after outscoring the Giants 60-55 in a game that was watched by 12,908 fans in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A total of 22,476 fans were in attendance between the four class championship games on Saturday.

The win marks the 149th state title in the history of Carmel High School athletics.

Carmel started four seniors and one freshman in the 4A championship game, including: seniors John Michael Mulloy, Karsten Windlan, Luke Heady, Andrew Owens, and freshman Peter Suder.

Carmel’s scoring was led by freshman Peter Suder who finished with 14 points. He also managed seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Senior John Michael Mulloy added 13 points and six boards. Seniors Karsten Windlan and Andrew Owens added 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Giants were led by senior Jalen Windham who scored 22 points. Senior Dawand Jones finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams were seeking their fourth title in boys basketball. The Giants were looking for their second state title in the last three years, as their most recent championship came in 2017. Carmel’s two most recent state titles had been in 2012 and 2013.

The two teams had met once in late January. Carmel won that game 49-39. 

Ben Davis’ 6-foot-eight, 350 pound big man Dawand Jones — who has committed to play football for Ohio State — committed a foul within the opening seconds of the game and Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy easily blew by him in isolation on the ensuing possession, scoring the opening bucket for the Greyhounds and foreshadowing the impressive performance that would follow.

Both teams ran through their half-court sets patiently on their opening possessions. It looked early on like the game might mirror the relatively low-scoring affair from the regular season. With three minutes left in the first quarter, Carmel was ahead 8-4.

Both teams got going on offense in the final three minutes of the first and by the end of the first quarter Carmel was on top 17-11.

Carmel’s stifling defense and physical play was on display in the first minute of the second quarter as the Greyhounds quickly extended their lead to 21-12. But a 7-0 run by the Giants, which included several buckets by Dawand Jones, forced Carmel to call timeout with 4:45 left in the second as Ben Davis brought the score back to a two-point deficit: 21-19.

After the break, both teams went back to patiently running through their half-court sets. With two minutes left in the first half, the Giants started to bring more defensive pressure and their big man Jones scored several times at the rim without Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy on the floor.

By the time the two teams went into the locker room at half, the Greyhounds’ once nine-point lead was cut to just one-point: 31-30.

At the end of the first half Carmel’s leading scorer was John Michael Mulloy with 10 points. The Giants were led in the first half by Jalen Windham and Dawand Jones who had 11 and 10 points respectively. Carmel shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half and were one for five from behind the arc.The Giants went 50 percent from the floor in the first half and went two for five from three. The Greyhounds also had the edge on the boards, out-rebounding the Giants 14-10 in the first half. Carmel also led in points in the paint at halftime: 18-12.

The two teams traded missed on their opening possessions before Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy drove the basket and scored, giving the Greyhounds a three-point lead: 33-30.

With 4:20 left in the third quarter, Carmel’s freshman Peter Suder stole an entry pass and threw a half-court pass to Karsten Windlan who knocked down a big, wide-open three to give Carmel a six-point lead: 38-32.

With 2:50 left in the third, Suder beat the Giants’ Jalen Windam off the dribble, finished at the rim and drew a foul for the and-one. On the ensuing free-throw the freshman tied the team leader in points with 12 and giving the Greyhounds a 40-32 lead.

With just two seconds left in the third, Ben Davis threw full-court pass to their big post-player Dawand Jones who knocked down a buzzer-beating catch and shoot from just inside the three-point arc to bring the Giants within three points: 40-37.

The Greyhounds slowed things down during the first minute and a half of the fourth quarter--patiently working their half-court offense before Andrew Owens found an open shot and made his second field-goal of the night to give Carmel a 42-37 lead with 6:30 left to play. With 5:45 left Owens drove the rim and scored his third bucket, giving Carmel a 44-37 lead and forcing a Ben Davis to call timeout.

With 4:23 left Ben Davis brought the game back within three points: 44-41 and one possession later the Giants brought the game back to a one-point deficit on a nice post play by Dawand Jones.

But just one play later, the Greyhound’s 48 percent three-point shooter, Andrew Owens, hit a big three from the corner to take the lead back to four points: 47-43.

With just over two minutes remaining, Ben Davis’ Dawand Jones scored in the post to make it a one-possession game with the lead cut to 48-45.
But on the next play Carmel’s Luke Heady found a wide-open Peter Suder standing under the rim. The freshman scored his team-leading 14th point of the night to give Carmel a 50-45 lead with 1:48 left to play.

Ben Davis started fouling after that play and missed two fade away threes, which opened the door for Carmel to tie its largest lead of the game of nine-points by the time the clock showed 1:09 remaining. But Ben Davis wouldn’t quite go away yet, as Cameron Maul got on the board for the first time with 1:01 remaining to bring the score to 54-47, Carmel. With 42 seconds remaining the Giants made a three-point play and brought the deficit to just four points: 54-50.

After Carmel’s Karsten Windlan went one for two from the free-throw line, the Giants found a wide-open Cameron Maul in the corner for a big three the make it a one-possession game — 56-53 — with 25 seconds remaining.

But Carmel calmly knocked down their free-throws going down the stretch and went on to take home a 60-55 victory over the Giants.

After the game, Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy was presented with the IHSAA’s ‘Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award’.

On Sunday afternoon Mulloy — who will play at Butler next year — posted on Twitter: “To think not just myself but my team took these words [“we’ll be back”] to heart a year ago today is indescribable. I’ll never forget and truly appreciate the opportunity to represent Carmel and wear it across my chest! Thank you Carmel high school for giving a kid his dreams … #wefinishedit”.