MARION – Homestead won its first-ever regional championship in boys basketball with a 59-57 win over No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern in the finals of the Marion Class 4A Regional on Saturday.
Homestead (20-7) will advance to the semistate to play No. 8 Lake Central (21-3) at either Huntington North or Lafayette Jeff next Saturday.
Caleb Swanigan led the Spartans with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Joe Ault scored 16 points and Tajh Curry added 10 points.
Ault hit two big 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter when Swanigan went to the bench with his fourth foul.
Homestead hit 8 of 12 free throws down the stretch.
Hamilton Southeastern (23-4) had a chance to tie at the end but Eric Davidson missed a jumper in the waning seconds.