Boys basketball: 21st Century edges Kouts for first sectional title
By Nick NOchevich Post-Tribune correspondent March 2, 2013 11:10PM
Updated: April 4, 2013 7:01AM
KOUTS — History was made at Kouts as Gary 21st Century captured its first sectional crown with a tough 62-59 victory over Washington Township.
In only its second year participating in postseason play, the Cougars came from behind to seal the win and take their first sectional trophy back home.
“What a game,” an elated 21st Century coach Rodney Williams said. “We battled a very good team that didn’t play the game we thought they would and came right at us, but our kids settled down late and got the historical win for our school.”
21st Century jumped out early and grabbed the lead but Washington Township battled back, led by Ryan Geberin to take the lead at 16-12 after the first period.
Both battled through the second quarter, but Washington Township maintained the lead at 33-32 at the half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth battle as Washington Township extended its lead to as much as six points only to see 21st Century come back and tie the game at 46-46 to end the third.
21st Century applied a very tight defensive press that caused Washington Township problems in the second half.
Both battled to the end, but it was 21st Century hitting some clutch free throws at the end to secure the win and advance to the regional.
21st Century got solid performances from Dantrell Hurt, who led all scorers with 23 points, and senior Louis Brown, who finished the night with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.
“This is a great team win for us, we overcame a very good opponent and are happy with the first sectional title for our school,” said Brown.
Said Senators coach Scott Bowersock: “We battled a good team and just ran short from being the ones to cut the nets down.”