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Park Tudor beats Pike for Marion County tournament basketball championship

Shelton helps Bluiett in win over 4A No. 1 Red Devils


12:00 AM, Jan. 13, 2013 EST

Austin Shelton realizes he'll never be the top option for the Park Tudor basketball team, at least as long as Trevon Bluiett is on the roster.

Shelton is perfectly fine with that. But the 5-11 junior showed Saturday night that he can fill the supporting role just fine.

Bluiett scored a game-high 30 points and Shelton, who transferred from Avon before the season, added 23 as Class 2A top-ranked and visiting Park Tudor defeated 4A No. 1 Pike 77-76 in the Marion County tournament championship.

"Trevon is hands down the best scorer I've ever played with or ever seen play," Shelton said. "I love him to death and wherever he goes (for college) he's going to be fantastic. But coming into this game I knew I had to do a little more."

Park Tudor (12-1) handed Pike (12-1) its first loss since the Class 4A state championship game against Carmel last March. It was also the first Marion County championship in Panthers program history.

The significance of that wasn't lost on Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling, who has led the school to back-to-back 2A state titles.

"I'm one that played in (the single-class tournament) and started my coaching career in that as well," Schilling said. "This is as close as you get to one-class basketball. I talked to our team today about 'Hoosiers.' It was kind of our little Park Tudor 'Hoosiers.' "

The Panthers took control of the game with a 13-4 run to start the fourth quarter, pushing out to a 65-54 lead. Bluiett and Shelton combined for 12 points during that stretch.

Pike coach Bill Zych wasn't displeased with the job his team did on Bluiett.

"He took a lot of shots, so as a coach you feel like we did a pretty good job even though he had 30," Zych said. "But the Shelton kid hurt us and we gave up some uncontested layups. We didn't really get after it with the effort we needed to until the last six minutes."

Pike made a run, but never had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. Zavier Turner, who led Pike with 24 points, pulled Pike within 76-73 on a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left. Bluiett then made 1-of-2 free throws and Turner hit another 3 at the buzzer to account for the final score.

Taishaun Johnson and Jordan Pickett each added 19 points for Pike.

For all of Park Tudor's accomplishments in the Yogi Ferrell era at the school -- three state finals appearances and two championships -- the Panthers had not won a county title.

"It means a lot to us," Bluiett said. "It means that we can play with any team in the state. It's a big contribution to the school. We're a small school and nobody expected us to get to the championship or win it at that, so it definitely means a lot."

And it could mean even more down the road, if Shelton continues to play like he did Saturday.

"He's kind of like the replacement for Yogi, so with his speed and ballhandling he can do a lot of good things for this team," Bluiett said. "He'll play a big role down the stretch."

 

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