INDIANAPOLIS — Almost four minutes into the second half on Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Caleb Furst had barely made a mark on the Class 2A state title game, with just two points and a couple rebounds after a foul-plagued first half.
Had the Purdue signee and Mr. Basketball contender remained quiet by his lofty standards, Blackhawk Christian probably still would have hung on to beat Parke Heritage. It led 29-22 at the time.
But it was Furst’s second half eruption that that gave Blackhawk Christian not only Its second consecutive 2A title, but put the exclamation point on It.
Furst scored 18 of his 20 points In the game’s final 12:19, carrying the Braves for what amounted to a full quarter, as Blackhawk cruised to a 55-40 win.
He finished with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting — after a 2-of-7 start — and seven rebounds, with six blocked shots.
Afterward, Furst was awarded the Arthur Trester Mental Attitude Award for Class 2A.
More to come …