FORT WAYNE – North Side wrapped up another SAC title in style.
The visiting Redskins rolled past Bishop Luers 109-72 to clinch the SAC regular-season championship Friday.
It gives North Side (16-1, 6-0) a sweep of the conference championships, having also won the SAC tournament in December. The last time an SAC boys team won an outright regular-season conference title and the tournament championship in the same season was in 1996-97 when South Side turned the trick.
Two of our three goals have been accomplished, and I am so happy for the group of seniors we got, North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. They really focused (Friday). We haven’t been focusing and maybe it takes playing for a conference title to get our guys focused. When they bring it the way they brought it tonight, we will be tough to beat.
It was the most points North Side had scored since winning 101-68 over Northrop in a 2006 sectional game.
The Redskins defended their regular-season title from a year ago.
For our seniors to repeat this really means a lot to us, North Side senior Tre’Vion Crews said.
North Side had three players score 20 or more points and five players got into double figures, with Crews’ 27, Oosha Mitchell’s 21, and Davis’ 20, Sean McGee’s 13 and Myluv Sutton’s 12.
It was a lot of fun with us getting up and down in transition and throwing lobs and dunking it, Davis said. It was a lot of extra motivation for us knowing the SAC title was on the line, so we wanted to come out loose and play with a lot of energy.
Unlike last year when the Redskins had to wait until the final SAC game and needed an upset to clinch the conference, this year brought the celebration before the conference season is complete. North still has a game left against Bishop Dwenger.
The Redskins hold a two-game advantage in league play.
Last year we had underclassmen, and this year we are led by a good group of seniors, Khaliq said. Now they have bigger goals and aspirations because they know it is one and done (in the postseason.). I keep reminding them that they are never going to play with this group of guys once you lose.
North beat Luers 85-44 in the first round of the SAC tournament Dec. 26, but the Knights still tried to get into a running game with the Redskins in the rematch.
I was a little surprised because the first time we played them it was a blowout, Crews said of Luers’ willingness to get into an up-tempo game. Early on, we really put our foot on their throats and got the game over really quick.
Racing out to a 31-11 lead after the first quarter and a 63-35 advantage at halftime, North Side made it look easy against Luers.
The Knights (8-4, 3-3) got 25 points from Tyrell Johnson and 17 from J.J. Foster.