Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski watched from a padded folding chair at the north end of the gym. Butler coach Brad Stevens found a spot in the east bleachers at Tech High School, jammed in with the rest of the fans.
Two of the nation's premier college coaches, along with about 3,000 others, got a good look at Cathedral's most thorough performance of the season, a 67-47 win over Tech on Monday night in the championship of the City Tournament.
Tech coach Jason Delaney said Cathedral played with anger after two losses to the Titans earlier this season. Cathedral senior Collin Hartman, who missed the first two meetings with a concussion and a broken left wrist, had a different word for it.
"Hunger," said Hartman, who finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. "We were hungry to come out and prove that we are a better team and that we are getting better. This is a step that shows when we play like we can for long stretches, we can put teams away."
Cathedral (10-5) put away Class 4A top-ranked Tech (14-2) with an authoritative 8-0 third-quarter run. Three of the baskets, two by Hartman and one by senior Garrett Hall, came on putbacks. The Irish continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter as the baskets came easier to come by against the frustrated Titans.
"They out-toughed us," Delaney said. "We didn't fight back and that was the disappointing thing. We went away from the things that had gotten us to this point. Cathedral was mad about the first two meetings and they showed it. We didn't respond."
Mo Evans led Cathedral with 15 points and backcourt mate Jalen Coleman added 14. Junior Collin Barthel also made a big contribution with nine points and as the main defender on Tech's 6-9 junior standout Trey Lyles, the player Krzyzewski and Stevens were in attendance to see.
Barthel helped limit Lyles to just two field goals, as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
"It was team defense," Barthel said. "We just try to make it as hard for him as we could. He likes to make that quick spin move on the baseline, so we tried to keep him from doing that. It was a team effort."
Junior guard Mike Jones led Tech with 18 points and freshman C.J. Walker added nine. The Titans got just two points from their bench.
It was the second consecutive City title for Cathedral and sixth in eight years. It was the type of game coach Andy Fagan envisioned from his experienced team before the season.
"So many different guys contributed and that's kind of been our deal," Fagan said. "It's not going to be a team based around one or two guys."
The environment at Tech on Monday felt like March. The gym was nearly packed to capacity and the crowd was into it from the outset, as Cathedral built a 31-24 halftime lead.
"It was the way a City final should be," Fagan said. "It was like that when I was a player (at Cathedral) and long before I was alive. It was great to see the community come out and support this game because it's a great event. I was glad to see the stands packed like they should be."