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Eugene German explodes for 40 as 21st Century wins first regional

on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:23

BOURBON — Top of the key? Yes.

From the left wing? No doubt.

 

It didn't matter whether 21st Century's Eugene German launched a long-distance shot, or even if he drove to the basket. The 5-foot-11 senior guard was going to find a way to score.

German had 40 points and five assists Saturday as 21st Century defeated South Newton 82-66 in the Class A Triton Regional championship game.

"This is just amazing," German said. "I'm happy for the team and for Gary, Indiana. I'm just so blessed to lead the team to victory. I love it.

Eugene German explodes for 40 as 21st Century wins first regional

21st Century's DeAndrea Gholston cuts down the net Saturday following the 82-66 win over South Newton in the Class A Triton Regional championship game. (Jim Karczewski / Post-Tribune)

"I knew I had to put my team on my back and lead the team to victory. I love my team."

Tyree Booker had 12 points and seven rebounds while DeAndre Gholston added 10 points and eight rebounds as the Cougars (20-6) won their first regional title.

21st Century advances to play Liberty Christian in a semistate game on Saturday at Lafayette Jefferson or Huntington North. The time and location will be announced later.

"It means a lot," 21st Century coach Rodney Williams said. "It means a lot to our school. It means a lot to our community and it means a lot to me. We started this program seven years ago and to build it to this point, oh man. It means a lot."

German led the way, making six 3-pointers.

"That young man is an unbelievable basketball player," Williams said. "He told me a long time ago, 'Coach just get on my back. I got you.' And he did what he said."

Jared Hammel and Jay Hammel scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, for South Newton. But the Rebels (24-3) couldn't contain German.

Eugene German explodes for 40 as 21st Century wins first regional

21st Century's Eugene German squares up for a 3-pointer during Saturday's Class A Triton Regional championship game. (Jim Karczewski / Post-Tribune)

"He's the best we've seen all year," South Newton coach Mike Hall said. "We just didn't have an answer for him. I don't know what else we could have done. … He's just a heck of a player."

The turning point came in the third quarter. The Cougars scored eight straight points midway through the quarter to take a 53-44 lead.

"We amped up the defense and got a few steals and got some buckets," Williams said.

German scored five points in the stretch.

"When I saw them in man-to-man, I just smiled," German said. "I was just in attack mode."

German finished with 15 points in the quarter.

"It's amazing watching him," Gholston said.

The Cougars took a 62-53 lead into the fourth quarter. They maintained a large enough lead that the starters were able to exit with a little more than one minute remaining.

German pointed to the sky as he led the group off the floor.

"This is everything," German said. "I told our coaches I was going to get them one in the summer. We made the dream into a reality."

lpope@post-trib.com

Twitter @lamondpope

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