Hartman, Coleman lead Cathedral to regional title

The net hung loose around Collin Hartman’s neck in the moments after Cathedral’s 62-57 Southport Regional championship victory over Pike on Saturday night.

The 2013 IU recruit shuffled between photo requests with classmates and children, teenagers and adults. He had just posted another fine postseason effort for the Fighting Irish — registering a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds — while reaping the attention that comes with a championship fete. Hartman was his steady self, but it was another Indiana target that lifted Cathedral to its first regional title since 1998.

Sophomore guard Jalen Coleman scored 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, while saving 16 of those points for the second half. He recorded 12 in the fourth quarter of a game that came down to the final few possessions.

“I knew I was capable of scoring,” he said. “If I had the open look my team trusted me to shoot. I took the opportunity.”

Coleman, who also functioned as one of the team’s primary ball-handlers, finished with four assists, five turnovers and four fouls.

“With my size and everything, I’m a combo — a 1 and a 2,” Coleman said. “I take consideration for playing a 1, which I usually play, or used to play on JV and things like that. It’s fun being back and having the ball back in my hands to make plays and using my IQ.”

Hartman had nine of his points by halftime and shot only 1-for-8 from the field in the second half. He shot 5-of-17 from the field for the game, including going 2-for-7 from 3-point range. At times, he forced some poor shots and showed a nasty habit of fading on some uncontested perimeter looks. But he looked fine defensively and set a jarring screen at halfcourt late in the fourth quarter that sent Ball State-bound guard Zavier Turner sprawling to the court. Turner never saw Hartman and bounced off his 6-foot-6 frame upon impact. After squirming on the floor for a few moments, Turner rose and chastised his teammates for the lack of communication.

“I was trying to relieve pressure and nobody called it out and he didn’t see it,” Hartman said. “I’m there to set the screen. I set a hard one and he knew it was his teammates’ fault because after he got up he said, ‘Call the screen out!” But I was just trying to relieve some pressure off our guards.”

Hartman, who suffered a wrist injury in December, averaged 15 points in Cathedral’s three-game sectional sweep before scoring 23 points between both regional games Saturday. The Irish advance to play Jeffersonville in next weekend’s semistate.

“He did what he’s been doing all year,” Cathedral coach Andy Fagan said of Hartman. “Obviously, the year didn’t start off for him the way he wanted, or we wanted. But he did a great job of working his way back in, staying in shape and getting shots up once he was able to. He’s playing at a really high level right now, as are the rest of our guys.”