Crispus Attucks boys basketball won its 10th regional title March 9 at Greencastle High School, beating Owen Valley and Marion County foe Beech Grove to advance to semi-state. This is the Tigers’ second regional title in three seasons. The last time they won, in 2017, they went on to claim their first state championship since 1959.
Crispus Attucks (20-8)
• March 9 — Crispus Attucks 88, Owen Valley 61 (Game 1 of Class 3A regional at Greencastle)
At 14-12, Owen Valley was a bit of surprise team at this point in the state tournament, and it looks like Attucks wasn’t messing around with an upset bid. The Tigers got double-digit points from four players, including 22 from junior Sincere McMahon, who also added six assists.
• March 9 — Crispus Attucks 68, Beech Grove 63 (Class 3A regional final at Greencastle)
Attucks had a much tougher opponent in the final with Beech Grove, which hadn’t lost since Feb. 6. McMahon led the Tigers again with 22 points, and senior Jaiquan Edwards added 20. Attucks got almost 30 percent of its points (20 of 68) from the free-throw line. For those who don’t know, Beech Grove’s run in the state tournament was emotional for many, since the Hornets lost former head coach Matt English to brain cancer in December 2018.
• March 16 — Crispus Attucks vs. Silver Creek, 3 p.m. (Class 3A semi-state at Seymour High School)
Attucks has an advantage here with experience. The Tigers just played in their third straight regional, and they were in this exact position in 2017. Meanwhile, Silver Creek (23-3) has only been to semi-state twice before (2000 and 1969) and has never advanced to the state title game.
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