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Wapahani, Bethesda Christian fall in state finals

INDIANAPOLIS – The magical run is over for Wapahani after Brownstown Central beat the Raiders 55-36 in the class 2A state final at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Braves controlled the game from the start as Purdue-bound Jack Benter scored eight points in the first quarter to stake Brownstown Central to an 11-point lead after the first eight minutes. The senior guard added another eight in the second quarter to extend the lead to 17 at the half.

Wapahani went on a run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to six, but the Braves withstood the rally to pull away in the fourth.

Benter finished with 25 points, while Chase Coomer added 13 points and Micah Sheffer had 11 to secure top-ranked Brownstown Central’s first state basketball championship.

Isaac Andrews led Wapahani with 21 points in the program’s first finals appearance.

The Raiders helped to rally the Selma community after a tornado hit the town just days after they captured the second regional championship in school history. They won semi-state the next week in Lafayette and returned home to a hero’s welcome at 1 a.m. as people lined the streets to greet the team bus and lit fireworks.

Fort Wayne Canterbury beat Bethesda Christian 48-41 in the first game of the day to claim the class 1A title. Senior John Parent recorded a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cavaliers to their first boys basketball crown.

Luke Douglas had 13 points for the Patriots, who were looking for their first state championship in any sport.

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