The Pennant

Boys Basketball: Penn wins Regional Championship

Penn High’s Boys Basketball Team relied on its warrior mentality to score a heart-thumping 74-72 victory against Northridge to claim the Michigan City Class 4-A Boys Basketball Regional Championship on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Drew Lutz slashed to the hoop for a driving lay-up that gave Penn a 74-72 lead with 5.4 seconds left.

The Kingsmen then survived a buzzer-beater attempt by Northridge.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Kingsmen Student Section stormed the court to mob the jubilant Penn players.

Penn celebrated its seventh Regional Championship, and first since 2006.

The Kingsmen (24-3) advance to the Lafayette Jefferson Semi-State on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Penn plays No. 1 Carmel (24-1). Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

Noah Applegate scored 28 points – 13 in the final quarter – and grabbed eight rebounds. Applegate, Penn’s All-Time leading scorer in Boys Basketball, now has 1,702 career points. He also has 548 points this season. He is the eighth player in Penn Boys Basketball history to reach the 500-point mark for a season.

Drew Lutz scored 19 points and passed for 10 assists. Lutz, the seventh player in Penn Boys Basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career, now has 1,062 points. Lutz hit the 500-point mark for the season in the Regional, becoming the ninth player in Penn Boys Basketball to score 500 or more points in a season. Lutz now has 507 points this season.

Beau Ludwick scored 19 points for the Kingsmen.

PENN 74: Carter Hickey 6, Drew Lutz 19, Beau Ludwick 19, Evan Groves 0, Noah Applegate 28, Kegan Hoskins 2, Casey Shultz 0. TOTALS 26 12-15 74.

Northridge 72: Nate Bowman 5, Carter Stoltzfus 13, Drew Seegert 0, Sam Vogt 12, Camden Knepp 4, Sam Smith 6, Jackson Erekson 21, Alex Stauffer 11. TOTALS 28 4-5 72.

PENN           24      12      17      21 – 74

Northridge     21      14      19      18 – 72

Three-pointers: PENN 10 (Drew Lutz 3, Beau Ludwick 3, Carter Hickey 2, Noah Applegate 2), Northridge 12 (Erekson 5, Stoltzfus 3, Smith 2, Bowman 1, Stauffer 1).