Heart, hustle and muscle

Jimmy Lafakis and Jimmy Lafakis

A pair of binoculars and LASIK surgery would be required to discern a modicum of quit in this team.

“I don’t have enough time to talk about all of the positives. The kids scratched and clawed there at the end, got it to one possession, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Coach Dave Milausnic said.

Though the Indians fell at the hands of the Arsenal Tech Titans, they fell valiantly and with grace. The squad’s spirit permeated throughout a packed Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 18,165 people had the opportunity to watch a group of 15 young men play their hearts out.

“They’re great kids. Seven seniors made the Honor Roll and those are the types of things I care about the most. This stuff is the gravy,” Milausnic said.

The demonstrations of courage were conspicuous. Tyler Wideman (12) was smacked across the face, but returned to cash in on nine of 11 field goals en route to 19 points. Tye Wilburn (12) ignited the fast break at a blistering pace. For 32 minutes, he penetrated, facilitated, and found paydirt at the cup.

“It hurts, but it was a great run. No team has done it in 30 years, so for us to come this far was great. [We had a] great group of guys and a great coaching staff,” Wilburn said.

The Tribe may have received the short end of the 63-59 stick. But the wingspan of their heart stretches far and wide.