Trojans fall to Canterbury in 2OT regional championship

BOURBON — Clay Yeo got the record, but the Trojans fell short of a repeat regional championship.
Yeo’s driving layup from the lane with 1:22 left in regulation secured him Triton’s all-time scoring record, but when Davis Rao buried a 3 from the wing on the other end, the announcement was drown out by the Canterbury fans.
Rao’s triple sparked an 8-0 run as Kai Foday knocked down a big one-and-one with 28 seconds on the clock to knot the game up at 48-all and force overtime, and the 6-3 forward followed up with an overtime-opening trey of his own to put the Cavaliers up 51-48.
Yeo’s steal and layup off a Canterbury inbounds pass under the Triton basket gave the Trojans new life with 10 seconds on the clock to force the second overtime, but the Cavaliers closed out the game 10-6 to unseat defending regional champion Triton, 64-60 in a double overtime thriller at the Trojan Trench Saturday night.
Canterbury moves on to face Rockville at the Class A Lafayette Semistate next weekend.
“Our kids battled and put us in a position to win this game, we just couldn’t get it done,” said Triton head coach Jason Groves.
It was the second down-to-the wire regional finish for Canterbury after Cole VanDyke’s last second pull-up from in close lifted the Cavaliers past Pioneer 48-46 in the tournament opener Saturday morning.
The Trojans got off to a fast start in the championship with a 19-5 first quarter on the strength of 8-for-10 field shooting, but the challengers used a 19-6 second to pull within one at the half, 25-24. Triton gave itself a little breathing room with a 4-0 finish to the third quarter, entering the fourth period up 35-29, but the defending champs couldn’t hold back the surging Cavaliers.
“I think you’ve just got to stick with it. I told the kids each time we’ve got to stay positive,” said Canterbury head coach Dan Kline of his team’s start in the championship. “I said ‘Hey look, we always have a two-point quarter. We got it out of the way, now let’s play.’ We’re a little stiff and tentative, but after we start rolling we’re pretty good.”
“We’re just moving on, that’s all. I know we’re playing next Saturday, that’s big,” he added.
“I don’t know that nobody expected it; it happened to Michigan City Marquette, and it happened this morning,” said Groves of Canterbury’s comeback. “We tend to do that; we tend to get up, get a little bit of a lead and get comfortable, but we knew they were going to make a run. All these teams when you get to this point, they’re good basketball teams. You’re not going to come in and just annihilate anybody of their caliber, obviously.”
Canterbury saw four players in double figures paced by 21 points from Rao, while Trent Vanhorn finished with 16 points, Foday had 14, and Grant Sinn scored 11.
Yeo put up a game-high 34 points with six steals as the 6-6 junior forward moved into the number one spot on Triton’s all-time career scoring list with 1,337 points, 10 points ahead of 2011 grad Griffyn Carpenter’s previous mark.
“I’m sure he would give that up in a heartbeat for a victory, but you look at what he’s accomplished this year, he’s the school all-time leading scorer, he set the single-game scoring record, the single-season scoring record, so there’s not much left for him to accomplish except for maybe winning a state championship,” said Groves. “I know he’d like to get there next year, but it’s going to take a lot of leadership on his part, a lot of dedication from these other kids.”
Triton closes at 20-6 with a fifth straight sectional title after last season’s state runner-up finish, the third time in four years the program had reached the Class A championship game. The team bids goodbye to point guard Zak Shively as well as fellow seniors Nicholas Nordmann, Jackson Downing and Marcas Lindsey.
“A great season, that’s what I told these guys,” said Groves. “We’ve established a standard here, and I said you can’t measure this season by not making the state finals. In some ways I’m more proud of this team than I have been some of the teams in the past that were there. This group I thought, battled and got better as the season went on. What they’ve accomplished, NSC champs, Bi-County champs, sectional champs, they deserve a lot of credit. This is a really special season, especially after losing four of five starters from last year and not being sure what we were going to have this year, it was nice to see some of these kids step up.”
At Bourbon
Score by quarters
Canterbury: 5 24 29 48 54 64
Triton: 19 25 35 48 54 60
CANTERBURY (64): Trent VanHorn 4 8-12 16, Davis Rao 7 4-6 21, Jacob Drapala 0 0-0 0, Chase Moyle 0 0-0 0, Grant Sinn 4 0-0 11, Cole Walker 1 0-2 2, Kai Foday 4 4-4 14; Totals: 20 16-24 64.
TRITON (60): Clay Yeo 14 5-5 34, Zak Shively 4 1-1 9, Nick Nordmann 0 0-0 0, Jackson Downing 0 0-0 0, Bryson Mosier 0 0-0 0, Marc Lindsey 0 0-0 0, Tanner Shepherd 2 1-2 5, Seth Glingle 4 0-2 8, Cody Shively 2 0-2 4, Drew Mosson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 26 17-24 58
3-pointers: Canterbury 8 (Rao 3, Sinn 3, Foday 2), Triton 1 (Yeo); Turnovers: Canterbury 17, Triton 16; Rebounds: Canterbury 29 (Rao 11), Triton 27 (C. Shively 8); Steals: Canterbury 7 (Foday 3), Triton 9 (Yeo 6); Assists: Canterbury 13 (VanHorn 8), Triton 11 (Z. Shively 9); Fouls (fouled out): Canterbury 13; Triton 22 (Shepherd, Glingle).
Records: Canterbury 19-6, Triton 20-6 (final)
While Triton got off to a fast start in the loss to Canterbury, the Trojans trailed 15-14 at the first quarter break of the semifinal before using a 13-2 second quarter to coast to the championship with a 58-45 win over Kouts Saturday afternoon.
Triton held Kouts to 1-of-9 shooting from the field in the second period and pestered the Mustangs into eight turnovers in the frame to grab a 29-17 halftime lead, and the Trojans never looked back.
“One thing we talked about all week was contesting their shooters and getting out on their shooters, and I think that maybe in that first quarter they were worried so much about that that they were letting them get to the basket and drive to the basket,” said Groves. “That’s kind of what we talked about: Get out and contest these guys, but at the same time you’ve got to be able to contain your man. I think that’s kind of what created that second quarter was our defense. Our kids really stepped up, got after it and did some nice things.”
Kouts was led by Max Everaert’s 13 points and Stephen Keller’s 12.
Yeo put up 27 with seven rebounds in the Trojans’ regional opener, while Zak Shively put 14 points with four assists. Junior center Seth Glingle pulled down a team co-leading seven rebounds and got involved in the offense with five points before putting up eight in the championship.
“Seth Glingle has been working his tail off inside,” Groves said. “He’s maybe limited in some of the things he can do offensively, but he’s one kid that’ll run through a wall if I ask him to, and he plays so hard and has been doing a great job of getting better.”
At Bourbon
Score by quarters
Kouts: 15 17 29 45
Triton: 14 29 33 58
KOUTS (45): Matt Bradley 2 0-0 5, Cody Nelson 1 0-0 2, Stephen Keller 4 3-6 12, Andrew Birkey 0 0-0 0, Nick Taylor 1 2-2 4, Max Everaert 4 5-6 13, Matt Stewart 4 1-2 9; Totals: 18 11-16 45.
TRITON (58): Darren Harrell 0 0-0 0, Clay Yeo 10 6-8 27, Zak Shively 4 6-7 14, Nick Nordmann 0 0-0 0, Jackson Downing 0 0-0 0, Bryson Mosier 0 0-0 0, Marc Lindsey 0 0-0 0, Tanner Shepherd 3 2-5 8, Seth Glingle 2 1-2 5, Cody Shively 1 2-2 4, Drew Mosson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 17-24 58.
3-pointers: Kouts 2 (Bradley, Keller), Triton 1 (Yeo); Turnovers: Kouts 13, Triton 16; Rebounds: Kouts 28 (Stewart 9), Triton 30 (Yeo 7, Glingle 7); Steals: Kouts 9 (Keller 6), Triton 9 (C. Shively 3); Assists: Kouts 7 (Everaert 3), Triton 6 (Z. Shively 4); Fouls (fouled out): Kouts 20 (Keller, Taylor), Triton 15.