The day continued on championship Saturday, this time in the 4A Division which brought two heavyweights to the building in Carmel Christian and Greensboro Day. Carmel Christian, led by their senior leader in Cade Tyson, came out strong early to get the early lead. Tyson came out strong with 10 points early and 2022 Logan Threatt helped chip in as well, as Carmel held the early 16-11 lead. Second half, others got involved, as 2022 Nyles Howard stepped up big from outside hitting multiple threes to give his team a double-digit lead but Greensboro Day was able to battle back right before halftime. 2023 Jaydon Young hit a big three in the final seconds, as Greensboro Day found themselves down 33-28 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Greensboro Day was able to cut the lead down to two early but Carmel Christian answered right back and built their lead back with the play of Tyson and Threatt. Also, GDS had some issues in the third quarter with Carmel’s defense and a few turnovers. But Carmel was never able to fully put away GDS, as they led 49-41 after three.
With one more quarter to go, the two titans left it all out on the court. Carmel continued to hold their lead but GDS’ Nik Graves started to put his team on his back, as he was able to get to the line and attack the defense, eventually cutting Carmel’s lead to two points with just over three minutes to go. But, once again, Carmel had an answer and it came from Threatt, as he used his speed to get to the rack and score or get to the line. That was enough, as Carmel Christian was able to revenge last year’s state championship loss and secure yet another title under Coach Badgett, winning
Final: Carmel Christian 71 – Greensboro Day 66
2022 Cade Tyson (Carmel): We thought that it may be the game of the year for Tyson early with how he started the game but he also did get some help from his teammates. However, Tyson stepped up on many occasions, finishing and playing big in the paint but also showcasing that matchup nightmare with his outside game.
2022 Nik Graves (GDS): Graves did all he could do for the Bengals, really looking to put the team on his back and make plays offensively. He was able to create for himself well, get defenders on his hip, and get paint touches consistently. Graves was also aggressive in getting to the line as well. The Charlotte commit was probably the most consistent threat for GDS on the night.
2022 Logan Threatt (Carmel): Threatt was terrific in this game, really showcasing his speed on both ends of the court. No one could stay in front of him, as he drove and attacked the defense, finishing well or getting to the line. But he also played with a ton of energy on the defensive end, really staying aggressive and creating turnovers. In the end, Threatt finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.