Notebook: Outside shooting costs Noll
Updated: March 28, 2011 9:38AM
INDIANAPOLIS - The sleepless nights for Bishop Noll following Saturday's 43-42 loss to Park Tudor will revolve around these stats: 13 turnovers and 0 for 7 shooting from 3-point range.
The last 3-pointer that Ronnye Beamon took from the corner with 22 seconds left was so short, it barely grazed the rim. None of their 3-point attempts were really even close. Overall, they shot just 35.6 percent from the field.
The other gut buster for them, of course, was Beamon's miss from about 10-feet - just inside the free throw line - on the final play - a play that was designed and executed almost perfectly. All that had to happen was for the ball to drop through the net. Instead, it was high and it bounced off the rim a couple of times before bouncing out.
Bishop Noll coach Drew Trost said the missed shots hurt them especially when they took a seven-point lead in the first half.
The Warriors had a chance then to blow the game open but they couldn't make shots.
"We weren't making shots that we normally make," Trost said. "There were some shots inside that were right there for us that we missed. It would've been huge for us to knock down some 3-pointers, but we didn't."
Noll also started to lose momentum when Park Tudor went into a hard trap out of their 2-3 zone. That took the ball out of Adonis Filer's hands.
Time-out: Filer knew right away that Beamon's shot at the end was high and possibly long. That's why he dove for the ball with time running out and appeared
to call a timeout with around a second left.
The officials signaled for a jump ball, but it came after the clock ran out.
Trost wasn't sure what the outcome was at the end.
"It's hard to know what happened there," he said.
Warriors are tough: There was only one tie and five lead changes in the game. For the most part, Noll was in control of the contest until the end.
Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling said Noll's physicality had a lot to do with how they were able to stay ahead for most of the 32 minutes.
"They are as athletic and bouncy as any team we played all season," he said.
Region referees: A pair of Northwest Indiana officials were chosen to do the Class 2A final - Jeff Nix of Valparaiso and DeMotte's Doug Greenlee, who is also the Kankakee Valley athletic director and baseball coach.
It was Nix's first time officiating a basketball state finals, while Greenlee was doing his third. He was an alternate in 2007 and was a ref during the 2008 Class 4A state final in which Brownsburg's Gordon Hayward, who went on to star at Butler University and currently plays for the Utah Jazz in the NBA, hit the game-winner at the buzzer.
No mental attitude award: For only the second time since the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award began in boys basketball (1967), there was no award given after the 2A final.
The other time was 2005, also after the 2A final that year.
The honor is only given to seniors, and according to an IHSAA official, one of the teams didn't nominate anyone and the other nominated one player, but the committee chose not to give the award to him.
Park Tudor had no senior starters while Noll only had one senior starter in Adonis Filer, who only played one season in Indiana.