The Borden Braves held off a formidable fourth-quarter rally by the Triton Trojans and reaped the benefits: a 55-50 victory in the Class A title game and the first state championship for the school in any IHSAA team sport.
The Class A final, billed as a battle between top defensive teams, turned out to be exactly that for three quarters. The teams went the final 5:33 of the first half without scoring, and Borden led 18-9 at halftime. Borden held a 28-19 edge after the third period.
But the fourth quarter turned explosive. With standout guard Clay Yeo leading the surge, Triton gradually sliced Borden’s lead to 44-42 with 2:45 remaining.
Coach Doc Nash’s Borden team put the game away at the free throw line, hitting nine of its last 12. The Braves, winning their last 10 games, finished 24-3.
The Braves, with balanced scoring, were led by Jalen McCoy’s 15 points. Michael Lynch scored 13 and Cody Bachman added 10. Garrett Vick led the Braves with six rebounds.
Yeo led coach Jason Groves’ Trojans with 26 points. Tanner Shepherd added 10 points and Joey Corder grabbed seven rebounds.
Triton was seeking its second Class A state championship in its fourth appearance in the boys state finals. The Trojans finished 20-6.