Lourdes Central Knights boys basketball accomplished what no other Class D1 school has done when they won it’s third consecutive championship thanks to a solid, defensive afternoon, and a 16 point game from Brandon Fredrichs on Saturday, March, 10 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Throughout the state tournament, the Knights won three games against teams with a combined record of 84-5. There is no doubt that when it’s tournament time, the Knights are ready to play.
“Our schedule gets us battle tested,” Head Coach Joe Tynon said. “We have one of the toughest schedules in class D1.”
Tynon said that his team has played in big games since they were sophomores and for them to be able to come through and show that leadership to the underclassmen will hopefully be something they can build on with the younger kids.
Once again, the Knights lead all throughout this game and with 30 seconds left in the second quarter and Lourdes up by four, Thomas Ragland hit a three point shot to give the Knights a 19-12 halftime edge.
Lourdes contested almost every shot that the Blue Devils attempted and held Kenesaw to under 20 percent shooting from the field.
With 45 seconds to go in the game, and the Knights leading by six, Kenesaw scored on a fast break to make it a two possession game. Lourdes would hit three free throws down the stretch and win the state title 32-25.
Senior Jack Funke said to finish their career with three titles in a row is just surreal.
“It’s unbelievable,” Funke said. “Credit to all our younger guys who push us everyday at practice, push us at games, and are loud on the bench. It’s just amazing.”
Scoring for the Knights were; Brandon Fredrichs, 16; Quinten Vasa, 11; Ragland, three; Ben Miller, two.
Lourdes finished the year with a 21-8 record.