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Redskins meet every challenge, win sectional

– Tre’Vion Crews has been the leader for the North Side boys basketball team all season.

So why would it be any different when it came to cutting down the net after a sectional championship?

Crews’ skills were evident in the Redskins’ 63-40 win over Carroll in the finals of the East Noble Class 4A Sectional on Saturday, as well as afterward, setting the pace when it came time to cut down the net in celebration.

It was that kind of night for the North Side senior point guard.

“With Tre Crews, we are usually in good shape,” North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. “He can usually get other guys involved as well and make life a lot easier for them, especially when they start to pressure us to pick it up a little bit. He was definitely a difference maker tonight.”

The No. 4 Redskins (24-1) face No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern (22-3) at the noon Saturday in the second semifinal of the Marion Regional.

Hamilton Southeastern knocked off No. 1 Carmel 50-42 in the finals of the Noblesville Sectional.

“It feels real good to be sectional champions,” said Crews, with the most of the net still hanging around his neck well after the game. “I have been doing this for four years, and I finally got this opportunity.

“Coming in (to the sectional), we knew we had a target on our back, and we knew we were favored. We just wanted to go out and play hard.”

Crews finished with 20 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists and no turnovers. He was biggest, of course, when the team needed him the most.

When foul trouble became in an issue, Crews made sure the adversity didn’t last long.

When Carroll cut the deficit to 44-32 early in the fourth quarter, it was Crews who scored five straight points for the Redskins and the lead was back to a comfortable 49-32.

When it was only a three-point game early in the second at 15-12, Crews got six points to push the margin to 21-14.

Sean McGee added 18 points for North Side.

Oosha Mitchell (11 points) battled foul trouble in the first half, and Mike Davis dealt with fouls the in the second half, also had the flu and was scoreless. Davis finished with four fouls, and Mitchell three.

Myluv Sutton, Mitchell’s replacement when he picked up two fouls in the second, finished with four fouls.

“We just had to play through it,” McGee said of the foul trouble. “Coach told us to keep our heads into it and not pay attention to what they were doing.”

North Side battled foul trouble in the first half but still led 29-16 at halftime.

The fouls put Carroll on the line and kept it in the game. The Chargers were 14 of 20 from the line, including 10 of 15 from Jeremy Kalonji.

It was North Side’s first sectional title in four years.

“It means a lot to us,” McGee said of the sectional championship. “We came out and got some hardware to take back.”

Carroll (15-9) got 20 points from Kalonji and 14 from Chandler White.

gjones@jg.net

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