Giants fall in county finale

Great week ends in three point loss to Pike


A strong week ends with a disappointing finish for the Giants boys basketball team. In the Marion County tournament’s final game, Ben Davis fell to the Pike Red Devils 54-51.

The first three games of the tournament were a success. The Giants rolled past Indianapolis Lutheran, survived a late charge against Brebeuf Jesuit and put up a stellar victory against Warren Central in the semifinal.

That semifinal took place Friday night, and the Giants beat the Warriors 55-43 despite trailing at half. Sadly, that wasn’t the highlight of the evening at Southport Fieldhouse. The next semifinal was.

Pike took on the undefeated Class 4A No. 1 ranked Southport in an instant classic. In what took four overtime sessions, the Red Devils defeated the Cardinals 92-86. Most would have thought such a long game would leave them tired for the final the next night.

Maybe they were, but the momentum that came with the win outweighed the fatigue.

Pike dominated the first half, leading 38-23. The Giants still had some fight left in them, though, holding the Red Devils to just two points in the quarter.

But this time, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Finishing off the comeback was a challenge, and the closest they got was at the final buzzer, when senior DeShon Tate shot a three to bring the final deficit to three.

Ben Davis falls to 10-4 on the season. They’ll look to bounce back this Friday against Center Grove and on Saturday against Decatur Central. Both games will be here at BD. Friday’s game is winter homecoming where the Mr. and Mrs. Giant winners will be announced.