Park Tudor’s Yogi Ferrell and Trevon Bluiett win the 2A state title

INDIANAPOLIS — It was not Yogi Ferrell’s best day, but a freshman teammate had his back.

Trevon Bluiett scored 21 points and pulled in eight rebounds — the last rebound a put-back, and-one situation that led to the game-winning free throw — as Park Tudor won the 2A state title against previously-undefeated Hammond Bishop Noll, 43-42.

“We worked hard all year and the coaches have prepared us so well,” Ferrell said. “I feel like we deserved to win this game.”

Ferrell had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds, but was 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range. He admitted afterwards it was not his best game, but he did win the state title that eluded him and Park Tudor a year ago.

“All the hard work — I didn’t want it stop here,” Ferrell said. “I wanted to come out with seven wins in March, and that’s what we did.”

The difference between the 2010 title game and this season was the presence of Bluiett, who does have an offer from Indiana.

The 6-foot-5 forward has a unique knack for always being in the right place at the right time, and seemingly always ready to receive one of Ferrell’s passes.

“You actually don’t know when he’s going to pass it,” Bluiett said. “He has no-look passes and all of that. All I do is set a pick and roll to the basket. That’s what he tells me to do and he’ll give it to me when he needs to.”

Bluiett said he was “kinda nervous” about his first state title game appearance, but did not want to let Bishop Noll see it. Ferrell said he and the other upperclassmen told Bluiett and fellow freshman Troy Spears to relax before the game.

“Just stick with us the entire game,” Ferrell said he told them. “And we can come out winners.”

Indiana coach Tom Crean was in attendance. He’s expected to remain at Conseco Fieldhouse for tonight’s 3A game between Washington (and Cody Zeller) and Culver.

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