Marquette grabs Class A title in OT thriller
By Brian Peloza For Sun-Times Media March 29, 2014 11:19AM
Marquette's Nathan Flores holds the net up to show the fans at Bankers Life Fieldhousel on March 29, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Marquette Catholic 70,
Marquette Catholic — Richie Mitchell 5-11 0-0 10, Braxton Miller 3-5 0-0 8, Malcolm Reed 3-5 0-0 7, Kyren Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Cameron Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan Flores 0-7 0-0 0, JoVonte Peals 3-5 2-2 9, Tyshaun Smallwood 1-5 0-0 8, Ryan Fazekas 13-22 1-2 34. Totals 28-63 3-4 70.
Barr-Reeve — Chris Wittmer 3-3 0-1 8, Micah Bullock 8-17 2-2 23, Logan James 2-7 4-4 8, Duncan Roy 1-5 0-0 2, Jon McMullen 0-0 0-0 0, Addison Wagler 9-18 7-7 25, Connor Swartzentruber 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 23-51 13-14 66.
Marquette 17 11 11 23 8 — 70
Barr-Reeve 13 13 20 16 4 — 66
3-point baskets — Marquette 11-22 (Fazekas 7-11, Peals 1-1, Mitchell 0-2, Miller 2-3, Reed 1-1, Miller 0-1, Flores 0-3), Barr-Reeve 7-16 (Wittmer 2-2, Bullock 5-9, James 0-2, Roy 0-3). Total fouls — Marquette 11, Barr-Reeve 11. Fouled out — none. Records: Marquette Catholic 20-6, Barr Reeve 26-2
Updated: May 29, 2014 4:14AM
INDIANAPOLIS — His team’s season had just ended after a one-point loss in the sectionals when Marquette coach Donovan Garletts stopped the last player leaving the locker room.
Garletts had a simple message for then-freshman Ryan Fazekas.
“I remember that moment because it was when he told me that my junior year was going to be the year we could do something special,” Fazekas said.
Two years later, those words rang true.
Marquette rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter Saturday to beat Barr-Reeve 70-66 in overtime in the IHSAA Class 1A state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Fazekas, now a junior, scored a game-high 34 points and made seven three-pointers, a Class 1A championship game record. The title is the city’s first since Michigan City Elston won the single-class tournament in 1966.
“I’m happy for not only these players, but also for Michigan City,” Garletts said. “I’m happy we can bring this back home to those people who live there and haven’t had this feeling since 1966.”
While Fazekas carried the Blazers offensively, he made one of the game’s biggest plays on the defensive end with Marquette clinging to a two-point lead with just 12 seconds remaining in overtime.
After a timeout, Barr-Reeve got the ball inside to center Addison Wagler, who finished with team-high 25 points. Wagler’s shot was stuffed by Fazekas, who controlled the block. He threw a perfect outlet pass to a streaking Braxton Miller, who made a layup that put the Blazers ahead 68-64.
“I knew I had to get my hand on that ball,” Fazekas said. “I tipped it back and saw Braxton running the lane.”
Both teams had their chance to put the game away before overtime, as each let double-digit leads dissipate in the second half.
Marquette (20-6) scored eight points in the first 90 seconds of the second half to open a 36-26 lead. Barr-Reeve (26-2) answered with a 14-2 surge, hitting four three-pointers during that stretch to take 40-38 lead. The Vikings hit just three three-pointers during the other 34 minutes of the game.
“I think we took them for granted in the third quarter on defense,” Fazekas said. “We got kind of comfortable with that 10-point lead and they just lit us up, so we had to get back into the defense we had been playing.”
The Vikings built a 10-point lead with six minutes left in the game, but the Blazers answered with a 14-4 blitz to tie the game at 57.
Marquette reserve Malcolm Reed scored five of his seven points during the run, which included a key three-pointer and a steal that led to the tying basket.
Fazekas scored inside to put Marquette ahead 62-60. Barr-Reeve’s Duncan Roy tied the game with 75 seconds remaining.
After the teams traded turnovers, Marquette’s Nathan Flores missed a three-point try from the corner with two seconds remaining that could had won the game in regulation.
Marquette’s Richie Mitchell added 10 points and eight assists, while JoVonte Peals had nine points, Miller eight and Reed seven. Micah Bullock added 23 points for Barr-Reeve.