By Jake Thompson
Hendricks County Flyer
AVON — For the first time since its magical state title run of 2007-08, the Brownsburg boys’ basketball team brought home a sectional title.
With a 58-47 win over Martinsville Saturday night, the Bulldogs accomplished what no other Brownsburg squad had done in five seasons.
“We talked about both teams were wanting the same thing but only one team could have it,” said first-year Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch. “We had our ups and downs, but we were right there and down the stretch, we played very well.”
Three Brownsburg players — K.J. Walton (19), Trevor Lucas (18), and Darrian Ringo (13) — finished in double figures and led the squad to victory. The trio connected on 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
“The win means everything… everybody has been waiting for us to do something big and I’m just happy, excited,” Walton said. “If somebody is having a bad shooting night another can step up and I’m just grateful to have three guys that are this good.”
Both teams came out aggressively in the opening quarter with three lead changes as the teams traded baskets, but Brownsburg seized control. Bulldogs senior Kyle Thompson got things going in the paint with a nice up-and-under and then duplicated the same move, completing an and-one in the process for a five-point swing.
“In my mind I thought we needed to come out and have a quick start and one of my major goals is to bring energy to the team,” Thompson said. “I was emotional and excited. I’m not ready for this to be over and am looking forward to the regional.”
Brownsburg knew it had to limit Martinsville’s Troy Spears’ shooting and both Lucas and Walton said part of the game plan was to make Spears put the ball on the floor rather than giving him catch-and-shoot opportunities.
Spears finished with game-high 21 points, nine of those coming from the line.
“When you have someone on the other team like Spears, it takes a maximum effort to contain him,” Lynch said.
Brownsburg’s Tyler Houston drew the unenviable task of guarding Spears for a large part of the game and limited Spears to 10 points from the floor. Houston also had a big second quarter and scrapped for loose rebounds and forced three Martinsville turnovers.
Jordache Mavunga and Dalton Vachon also provided Brownsburg solid minutes in the paint on both ends of the floor.
“We have a lot of guys that don’t stat all that much and may play few seconds, three minutes or sometimes even more, but they are the glue that holds us together,” Lynch said. “We’ve major contributions from a lot of guys this season.”
Brownsburg faces Pike in the second game of regional action at noon at Southport on Saturday. Brownsburg defeated Pike 64-50 earlier this season on Dec. 14. Pike bested Southport in overtime of the Ben Davis sectional to advance.
With six seniors on the squad, Brownsburg wants to make sure they leave everything on the court and if the Bulldogs continue to play as a team, they have a chance to make a deep postseason run.
“It’s an incredible feeling and I owe it all to my teammates,” Lucas said.