Patriots advance to finals with win over Mustangs

Indy’s Jamarius Burton throws down a dunk in Thursday night’s win over Myers Park. Burton led the Patriots with 34 points. (Ron Morris)
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The No. 1 seeded Independence Patriots faced off with No. 4 Myers Park Mustangs in the semifinal round of the Southwestern 4A Conference basketball tournament on Thursday night at Myers Park High School.

Matthew Smith powers to the basket over a Myers Park defender.(Ron Morris)

Three Patriots reached double figures to lead Indy to a 89-72 victory and advance to the championship game against Butler.  Senior guard Jamarius Burton led the Patriots with 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field and hitting 7-of-8 3-pointers.  Andra’ “AJ” McKee poured in 18 points and had 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.  Junior Matthew “Matt” Smith posted his ninth double double of the year scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  Matt also had 4 blocked shots, 1 assist and 2 steals.  Raja Milton added 14 points, dished out 9 assists and had 2 steals.

Indy’s Raja Milton puts up a runner over Myers Park’s Will Turner (20).(Ron Morris)

The first quarter became a shooting contest as the two teams combined for 55 first quarter points, while the Patriots took a 29-26 first period lead.

In the second quarter the Patriots stepped up its defense and outscored the Mustangs 23-13 behind the shooting of Jamarius Burton who scored 12 second quarter points to give Indy a 52-43 halftime lead.

Indy foward Andra’ “AJ” McKee scores the layup and draws for the three-point in Thursday’s win over Myers Park.(Ron Morris)

In the second half Jamarius Burton poured in 13 points while Matthew Smith and Raja Milton each added 9 second half points as the Patriots went on to take a 89-72 victory over the Myers Park Mustangs.

Indy will advance to the championship game against Butler on Friday night.

Myers Park       26  13  11  22  –  72

Independence  29  23  18  19  –  89

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