The Fishers Varsity Boys Basketball team’s season came to an abrupt and disappointing end last Friday evening in the second semifinal game of Sectional #8 as they were defeated by the Carmel Greyhounds 62-52.
In one of the most intriguing and highly anticipated Sectional match-ups across the state last weekend things did not go quite as Fishers had hoped for coming into the first meeting of the year between the two Hamilton County rivals. From the tip, the host Greyhounds made it very clear to the 3,000+ fans in attendance they were not the slightest bit content having won 4 consecutive Sectional #8 titles, scoring on their first 5 possessions to take a quick 10-0 lead. Further complicating matters, the Tigers turned the ball over on 4 of their first 5 possessions before Luke Hernandez got loose an connected from just inside the arc to finally put Fishers on the board midway through the period but the relief would be short-lived as Carmel ended the 1st quarter on yet another 7-3 run to give them a 17-5 advantage after the opening period. In the 2nd quarter, the Greyhounds continued to feed their 1st team All-State big man in the post where he repeatedly used his size and experience to exploit the young and injury depleted Tiger front-court exacerbating Fishers mounting foul troubles which, combined with their 13 total turnovers in the 1st half, helped Carmel extend their lead to 29-10 heading into the break. Coming out of the locker room, the Tigers knew they had to find a way to flip the momentum, and quickly, but although they would outscore the Greyhounds 15-12 in the 3rd quarter they found themselves still down 16 going into the final period at 41-25. In the 4th, Fishers continued to chip away at the deficit forcing Carmel into 3 quick turnovers in the first few minutes with great defensive intensity in their full-court press which, coupled with the home teams continued struggles from the foul stripe, allowed the Tigers to cut the lead to just 8 points with a little under 3:00 minutes left to play and a chance to make it a 6-point ballgame after another steal but the play would unfortunately result in yet another Fishers foul that all but sealed the game as the Greyhounds would hit their final 5 free-throw attempts to close out their 62-52 victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Senior guard Willie Jackson with 18 points, fellow Senior guard Luke Hernandez with 11 points, and both Alex Szilagyi and Josiah Matthews chipped in 9 points apiece, respectively.
Fishers finished the season with a 17-8 record overall setting the school record for most wins in a season along the way.