DePaul Prep claims second straight state title

Mar. 9—The top player was ... Mt. Carmel senior Angelo Ciaravino, despite the loss. The Caravan went to the All-State First Team selection time and time again in the most crucial moments, and he came through. Ciaravino scored a game-high 24 points, going 6 for 10 from three-point range. He didn't get much help, however, and DePaul junior Makai Kvamme's

* 18 points led the Rams' more balanced offensive attack to the win.

The key moment was ... a Rob Walls layup that all but sealed a DePaul win with 30 seconds left. After trading baskets and free throws for the previous couple minutes, the Rams finally got a defensive stop. The ball came to Rashaun Porter

* near midcourt, and he was immediately surrounded by two Caravan defenders. Porter quickly threw a one-handed pass around both of them to Walls, who was wide open next to the basket and laid it in to put the Rams up 47-38.

By the numbers ... The story in crunch time was free throws. DePaul held a three-point lead with just under two minutes to play. In those final two minutes, Mt. Carmel had to start fouling to stop the clock, and the Rams made all 10 of their free-throw attempts, six from PJ Chambers

* and four from Kvamme. DePaul finished the game 16 for 20 from the line compared to Mt. Carmel's 4 for 8.

What DePaul College Prep said ... "It feels a little surreal. I know it's cliche, but it really does. It hasn't hit me yet. Can't be more proud of these guys. ... I've got winners, man. Talking about the summer is silly, but nobody beat us with a full team this year. Now, we're back-to-back state champs. I've just got a bunch of winners in the locker room." — coach Tom Kleinschmidt

* "Just gratitude and thankfulness. We've been through so much over the season with injuries. We only had two losses, but we really learned from them a lot. ... It's only right that we did it for each other."

— senior PJ Chambers

What Mt. Carmel said ... "How many coaches would like to be 32-6? What an unbelievable run. These guys have done absolutely everything we've asked of them. Everything. They're great young men, extremely hard workers. Every single one of them is a great student. Not a good student, a great student. The seniors we're losing are going on to some great universities, and the juniors and one sophomore at this table have an unbelievably bright future. I couldn't be more proud of them and where our program is right now. I love them." — coach Phil Segroves