Jac-Cen-Del beats Triton 66-55 for Class A title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Gehl scored all of his 26 points in the second half and Jac-Cen-Del held off defending champion Triton 66-55 for its first Indiana high school Class A basketball title.

The top-ranked Eagles (25-2) pulled away in the second quarter, took a 25-13 lead at the half and built the margin to as many as 20 points late in the third quarter. Triton (24-3) missed its first 11 shots of the game and finished shooting just 30 percent from the field, never coming closer than nine points in the final period.

Gehl, a 6-foot-2 senior who also had 11 rebounds, hit 10-of-11 shots in the second half and was named Class A tourney MVP by The Associated Press.

Blake Sutton added 19 points for Jac-Cen-Del.

Triton was led by Gryffin Carpenter with 14 points and Colton Keel and Joel Meister with 12 each. Jac-Cen-Del's Gerald Hardesty received the IHSAA Trester Award for mental attitude.

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