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Thomas leads Luers to second straight championship

Sunday, March 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Fort Wayne Luers junior Deshaun Thomas hopes this wasn't his last game at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Thomas had 34 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Knights past Brownstown Central 67-49 on Saturday for their second consecutive Indiana high school Class 2A basketball title.

Thomas, an Ohio State recruit who led the state in scoring at 30.1 points per game, added three blocks and two steals and was named the 2A tourney MVP by The Associated Press.

"My dream is to be in the NBA," said the 6-7 guard. "It feels great to get another state championship, especially on the (Indiana) Pacers' court. I'm just trying to follow my dreams."

Thomas and the Knights (23-4) were too much for Brownstown (20-7), which fell short of winning its first state title.

"Deshaun is pretty good, as far as a big guy that changes your defense," Luers coach James Blackmon said. "You have to center a lot of things around Deshaun."

Trailing by three at halftime, the Braves began the third quarter with four straight points from Blaze Ayers to take a 25-24 lead. However, Luers answered with a 14-2 run to open a comfortable 38-27 advantage. Lawrence Barnett had eight of his 12 points during the spurt.

"Once they went up, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, it's a game now,"' Thomas said. "I was kind of scared for a minute, but we kept our heads and hit some big shots."

The Luers standout had eight straight points to end the third quarter and begin the fourth, extending the Knights' lead to 48-31.

"Thomas is the best high school player I've seen," said Brownstown coach Dave Benter. "There's not really anybody in the state that can control him. He's incredible."

After the Braves scored the first point of the game, Luers ran off the next 10 to open an early lead. Brownstown went four minutes without scoring before Ayers hit a pair of free throws. The Braves shot 1-of-7 from the field in the period and committed nine turnovers.

Brownstown chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter, pulling within 18-17 on Ayers' two free throws with 3 minutes left. The Knights extended their advantage back to five before settling for a 24-21 halftime lead.

Ayers finished with 18 points and Ryan Shoemaker scored 10 for Brownstown.

Barnett and Luers' Ken Mullen, Ayers and Shoemaker were named to the AP All-Tourney team. Ayers also received the 2A Trester Award for mental attitude.

CLASS 2A BOX

By The Associated Press

FORT WAYNE LUERS 67, BROWNSTOWN 49

FT. WAYNE LUERS (23-4)

Thomas 11-20 9-10 34, Mullen 3-4 4-6 10, Barnett 5-18 0-2 12, Blackmon 4-8 1-3 9, Day 0-2 0-0 0, Kuhn 0-3 0-0 0, Vachon 1-1 0-0 2, Knapke 0-3 0-0 0, K.Sorg 0-0 0-0 0, E.Sorg 0-2 0-0 0, Gholston 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 14-21 67.

BROWNSTOWN (20-7)

S.Allman 1-7 0-0 3, Shoemaker 5-10 0-1 10, Leitzman 2-4 1-2 5, Wischmeier 2-11 0-0 4, Ayers 3-14 12-13 18, Turmail 1-2 0-0 2, HInton 0-2 0-0 0, Robison 2-3 0-0 5, Snodgrass 0-0 0-0 0, C.Allman 0-0 0-0 0, Wagner 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 17-54 13-16 49.

Ft. Wayne Luers10141924--67

Brownstown5161018--49

3-Point Goals--Ft. Wayne Luers 5-22 (Thomas 3-10, Kuhn 0-1, Blackmon 0-3, Barnett 2-6, E.Sorg 0-1, Gholston 0-1), Brownstown 2-11 (S.Allman 1-5, Wischmeier 0-3, Turmail 0-1, Robison 1-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Ft. Wayne Luers 43 (Thomas 15), Brownstown 38 (Wischmeier 13). Assists--Ft. Wayne Luers 11 (Mullen 4), Brownstown 7 (Shoemaker 3). Total Fouls--Ft. Wayne Luers 16, Brownstown 17. A--11,569.



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