Rangers Fall to Oak Hill in State Championship Game

Indianapolis (NNDC) – Forest Park dropped a 56-44 decision to a tall and talented Oak Hill team Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the IHSAA Class 2A high school boys basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Rangers, who won 16 of their last 19 games and finish the season with a 25 and 5 record.

A post-game bright spot for Forest Park was the awarding of the coveted Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award to Ranger senior Collin Hochgesang.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the start of the game, but the Rangers came back to tie the game at 7-7 before Oak Hill took a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rangers took leads of 12-11 and 14-12 in the second quarter but they proved to be their only leads of the game, falling behind 23-17 at halftime and 39-34 at the end of the third quarter.

Forest Park was within one possession with 41.4 seconds left in the third quarter (37-34), but a 10-0 Oak Hill run, which extended into the fourth quarter, put the Eagles on top, 47-34, with 4:28 remaining in the game and the Rangers couldn’t bounce back against the stingy Oak Hill zone defense.

It’s the first state championship for Oak Hill, who finishes its championship season with a 26-5 record and a 14-game winning streak.

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