“We are proud of our guys, we wanted to win but we are pleased with our effort.”
On Nov. 30, the two rivals met at Danville where the Warriors pulled off the 51-48 victory. Last season the two teams met in the county championship game where Avon was victorious.
The Danville-Avon matchups have been instant classics lately and the mutual respect is between the squads is evident.
“We’ve just had a great rivalry over the years, several overtime games and Coach Young and I our friends too,” Barber said. “The schools are seven miles apart so it’s just always a great game and we wish Avon good luck in the championship.”
But Bode’s first-ever varsity buzzer-beater was an important one.
“This is a vindicating win for us,” Bode said. “It was a tough game for us a couple of weeks ago and to get the win is huge. We know the guys on Danville pretty well so it’s always good to beat a rival. And on a similar play when it’s a one possession game like last game when it didn’t go our way, to get it our way was huge.”
Oriole senior Connor Funkhouser contributed a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds as he was able to benefit from Avon countering Danville’s 1-3-1.
“Connor can create so well off the dribble we decided to get the ball in his hands and play him up in the guard spot against that and he attacked that very well,” Young said.
The Warriors’ 1-2 punch of seniors Avery Motes and Ian Asher both scored team-highs of 14 points.
Avon advances to the county championship game against rival Brownsburg where they will look to become the first-ever boys’ team in Hendricks County history to win three straight years.
“It’s exciting, we are really happy for the kids,” Young said. “They’ve worked very hard and we’ve played a lot of good opponents in the first 11 games. We are going to play a good one tonight.”