Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Class 1A State Final Preview

Triton Trojans (23-3) vs. Indianapolis Metropolitan (21-6)

The 101st State Championships will kick off with a very interesting match-up Saturday morning. In many this is a David vs. Goliath type of story. The Trojans have won 3 Regional Championships in the past 4 seasons, won a State Title in 2008, and have a long standing basketball tradition. On the other hand, the Pumas from "The Met" are in only their 4th season as a varsity basketball program. If that isn't enough, many of the players (only 9 on the roster) come from "underprivileged" backgrounds. Kyle Neddenreip of the Indy Star wrote a great article about the team, it will give you a great feel for what this team is all about.
These two teams could obviously not be more different. A traditional powerhouse versus an upstart program, however the Pumas are not going to let that phase them. They are used to playing in opposing gyms, they have no home court, they are used to playing without much fan support, so I expect nothing less than a great performance by Indy Metro at Conseco.

As for the teams themselves.

Indy Metro

Raymond Green- leads the Pumas in scoring with right around 20 points per game.
Jerrbryon Graves- great Point Guard, really pushes the ball up the court and sets the high paced tempo for the team. Hit the miracle 60 foot shot to win the Regional Title that appeared as the #1 play on ESPN's Top 10 Plays.
Anthony Jackson- averages nearly a double-double, really attacks the offensive glass.


Griffyn Carpenter- all around scorer. Played a solid role coming off the bench during the 2008 State Championship run. He will provide the experience of playing at this stage that nobody from "The Met" has.
Clay Yeo- one of the top 2013 prospects in the state. Great outside shooter, however ball-handling is not his strong suit. The pressure defense from the Pumas could force him into some turnovers.

After hearing more about the story of Indy Metro I found myself rooting for them to bring home a State Title. I have picked against them each step along the way, so you would think I would stop at some point. Triton, however, has the experience of playing at the State level and has more pure basketball skill. The athleticism and fast pace of the Pumas could give them some problems, but I think Carpenter and company will bring home another State Championship for the Triton Trojans.

Triton 66 Indy Metro 55

Best of luck to both teams!

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