MARION, Ind. (WLFI) — With less than a minute remaining, Lafayette Jeff senior forward Brooks Barnhizer checked out of the game and shared an embrace with his father, Mark, the Bronchos head coach.
The Bronchos were seconds away from clinching their first sectional championship since 2010.
Barnhizer posted a game-high 31 points and 13 rebounds to propel the Jeff past McCutcheon 68-55 in the Class 4A Marion sectional final at Bill Green Athletic Arena.
Ashton Beaver added 16 points and five rebounds. Jahsiah Kirk-Williams chipped in 11 points.
Leyton McGovern and Joseph Phinisee paced the Mavericks with 21 points each.
McGovern, Phininsee and No. 9 McCutcheon topped No. 8 Jeff 79-71 during the regular season.
But Saturday belonged to the Bronchos.
Lafayette Jeff will face Fort Wayne Carroll in a regional semifinal matchup on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Logansport's Berry Bowl.