The Southwestern boys’ basketball team nearly pulled off the upset against Class 1A No. 8 Indianapolis Tindley but fell short in the regional final, losing 50-48.
The Spartans (14-11) had two opportunities to tie or win the game on the final possession but were unable to get a clean inbounds pass to set up a shot.
Following a big second half in the morning game against Bethesda Christian, junior Aiden Hartsell followed that performance up with a game-high 22 points in the championship.
The Spartans relied on the Hartsell brothers for offense in the night game, with Anick Hartsell contributing 14 points.
Southwestern jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead to open the game but the Tigers responded and led 30-28 at halftime.
By early in the fourth quarter, Southwestern found itself down by 13 but rallied with a 13-2 run to pull within two at 47-45. A pair of free throws by senior Riley Snepp later tied it up at 48.
Junior Joseph Glenn came off the bench to lead Tindley with 14 points, while junior Antonio Robinson and sophomore Jayden Pinkston provided 11 apiece.
In the morning game, Aiden Hartsell spurred the Spartans with a big second half. Southwestern advanced to the championship with a 57-50 win over Bethesda Christian.
Hartsell scored all 16 of his points in the second half and the Spartans pulled away in the final minute.
Down 45-44 in the final minutes, the Spartans reeled off 13 of the final 18 points.
Hartsell scored on a drive with three minutes left and after a basket by his brother, Anick, Aiden Hartsell scored off a steal on the inbounds pass to make it 50-45.
Bethesda Christian’s Nehemiah Terry knocked down a 3-pointer but Aiden Hartsell responded with a three of his own.
After a turnover by the Patriots, senior Christian DeArmitt made a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left.
Sam Miagan made a three from the corner with eight seconds left to make it 55-50, but Anick Hartsell sank a pair a line for the final margin.
Three other Spartans finished in double figures — DeArmitt with 15, Anick Hartsell with 11 and Riley Snepp with 10.
Tigers fall to No. 5 Parke Heritage
Triton Central finished its season with a 13-9 record after losing to Class 2A No. 5 Parke Heritage, 47-30, in the first game of the regional semi-final at Greenfield-Central.
The Tigers led 21-15 at halftime but were held to nine points in the second half.
Full coverage of today's regional basketball action can be found in Tuesday's edition of The Shelbyville News.