Cody Zeller leads Washington to 3A title, 65-62 in OT

  • 03/27/2010 9:18 pm in

In what will go down as one of the most exciting state final games in recent history (and maybe ever), Cody Zeller and the Washington Hatchets knocked off Gary Wallace, 65-62 in overtime, to win the Class 3A state title.

Zeller scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed 26 rebounds, tying the 3A title game rebounding record set by Gerry Hall of Muncie South in 1999. The 6-9 junior hit just 4 of 15 field goals, but made 11 of 17 free throws.

The win gave Washington its third state title this decade.

Branden Dawson, a junior wing for Wallace with an offer from IU, scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds, but missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds that would have tied the game.

Video of Dawson and Zeller from the postgame press conference after the jump.

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  • unclekerfuffle

    Congratulations to the Hatchets. You might get some argument about this being the most exciting game in memory. If I am not mistaken, the 3A Championship game last year went either 2 or 3 overtimes.

    On a tangent topic, when I look at the Indiana kids in the 2011 and 2012 classes and process the fact that Butler is in the Final Four and Kentucky is not–gotta love it–I wonder if there is a lesson to learn here for us fans.

    I think it is obvious that Butler's team is made up of the types of players we want at IU. We just seem to grow a lot of them in the Hoosier state. Compare that to Kentucky–did I say how happy I am over the outcome of that game– with all of those super-talented players and what can you conclude about maturity and talented compared to youth and super-talented.

    I guess the point I am dancing around is that IU is still one or two years away from our current players having that maturity. If we can get our share of those abundant classes in '11 and '12, we will be able to allow them to mature and reach their potential. That is when synergy will be in play.

    Just food for thought.

    Good luck to the Bulldogs.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think you make a great point and I hope IU fans have the patience to understand how we get there. The desire for a 'big name' player to sign with alot of stars by their name is not fully necessary. With a nucleus of Hulls, Watford, Elston, and Creek IU is on pace for 2011 and 2012.

    I read a great point yesterday….

    When Bryce Drew was hired at Baylor they got hit by sanctions more than us. His first 4 years records were 9-21 9-19 4-13 15-16 not many any post season cleaning up after Bliss. Drew got players that he wanted to be Bears. He has changed the culture at Baylor it takes time. It took Drew 3 years to get a 4 star recruit. The Baylor athletic department believed in what he was doing and look where Baylor is now.
    They are no longer what Bliss left it, but a program that has become a force in the Big 12. Drew had a vision and he is doing it. Similar situation with Crean.

  • GFDave

    I read that same post on here and I am amazed nobody had brought it up before. Baylor was a totally train wreck, worse than us. We had phone calls, they had murder and cover-up.

    What Drew has done is amazing and Crean can do the same, but I think Tom can do it faster. We are very likely to be around .500 next year whereas Drew had his worst year in year three.

    Stay the course. Get the kids we want. Support the program. Make the comeback complete.

  • Scott Drew is Baylor's coach…not Bryce.

  • Kelin Blab

    Dave one other point is, Drew did it with those 3 star kids for the most part that stuck with the program, then he began to land some 'higher star' players. It can and it WILL happen for IU.

  • MillaRed

    In terms of what our team will bring when Hulls and company are seniors, how far do we really think they will go? Are we thinking Sweet 16ish? I mean I personally would be happy with that. But they definitely have a ceiling.

    One thing IU has never been able to pull off, unlike UNC, Duke etc, is we just never have the ability to stockpile these high recruits behind the current upperclassmen and develop them over time. Can Crean pull that off in years 5+ in the program? I hope we can get there.

    Did you hear Dawson in that video say he “will be seeing Zeller on the next level?” As if he is looking forward to competing “against” him. That didn't sound like a big IU endorsement but of course I'm just doing my conspiracy theory act again. Still it had me wondering.

  • silkyslim

    An excellent point to be aware of and heed. Patience required, then progress.

    Throw Zeller and/or Dawson with our present good core of guys and we will have to be a little less patient and start to shine soon like Baylor did this year. Also, Drew was able to get kids to Waco, no easy task, but he did patiently build to get them to this level.

    Props to fellow home state ballers Butler. Playing with good fundamentals, hustle, & teamwork, showing “Hoosier spirit” that our state is famous for and soon will return to Bloomington.

  • MillaRed

    Even better that they dumped Kentucky. I knew that youth would catch up with them. They didn't the have nerves to sink any jumpers.

    So sorry Calipari. You butt munch.

    Can you imagine a Butler versus Baylor championship? Has the world turned upside down?!?

  • MillaRed

    By the way that Kansas State coach is terrifying. What is that guys deal? I had a nightmare about being a shooting guard for him last night.

  • Luke72

    Great post, Bryce's story is a great one, four years in a long wait. Crean may be ahead of that schedule. We all need a good shot of positive thought at this point! Thanks


    Some will say but this is not Baylor to which I say…. EXACTLY….all the more reason to show the amount of patience required to get the same kind of results at IU. I'm sure Drew had more than one or two people screaming for his firing (but probably not in the short amount of time it took some here to call for Crean's firing). Those are also probably the same ones that are cheering their team on the loudest and talking about how great they are now the most. This will be the case here also when the tide turns and the naysayers come waddling up to the bandwagon, meagerly asking, with their heads hung low, if there is any room on there for them. To all you naysayers, I say, get on now and be a true IU fan and not a fair weather fan because the bandwagon may be going too fast for you to catch when you finally come to your senses and are left to choke on the dust of our return to success. When this reality finally hits you you will left with this question…have I been acting like a pUKe fan….oh my God save me from that…I REPENT… I REPENT !!!!!!!! anything but that.

    On another note I'm sending out a huge and I mean huge thank you to WV for all their hard work in showing pUKe the Big Dance exit door. The only thing better than a pUKe loss is a IU win that is if you take them getting caught for cheating by the NCAA out of the equation.

  • superhoops

    Butler/Baylor would be cool on many levels, especially since Drew is a 1993 Butler grad.

  • MillaRed

    Wasn't aware of that. Nice trivia.

  • MillaRed

    Hey Mike, has there been a lot of chatter on ITH for Crean's firing? I mean, there are some questions about recruiting and the offense etc, but I really can't recall an influx of posts wanting him fired.

    You mention naysayers, fair weather fans, choking on dust. I'm just trying to figure out where all of that is coming from. Is it another site or is it ITH?

  • GFDave

    A lot of negativity on Hoosier Scoop, but it is mostly one guy in particular who makes post after post after post about how bad Creans sucks.

    Most of the other negativity comes after we lose and vanishes after the anger has been vented.

  • aceman07

    A few of us have pointed this turn around out! Just the other day I called for impatient IU fans saying IU was irrelevant and always would be to repeat the word, “Baylor”, over and over again!!! Kelin, BGleas and a few others have also made this comparison a few times.

  • GFDave

    I agree about this group having a ceiling around where you describe.

    My observation is that it is extremely hard to stock pile talent. Kids don't want to wait their turn. I think the key is to get 4 year kids who you develop and interject a key 5 star talent as needed. I make that sound so easy, but of course its not.

  • aceman07

    I know! I bet by dad during the game ten bucks that he would get fired in the next three years for hitting or torturing a player!!!!


    I'm refering mostly to the BS from,like GFDave says one guy in particular, and some of the those with like views, over on the Scoop and to the one (can't rememeber for sure what name) here on ITH who told me to keep drinking the CTC koolaid and that Crean should blah blah blah.

    Almost everything I read here on ITH is what I consider constructive criticism, support of IU, people agreeing to simply disagree or somebody just stating their views constructivaly. I know that “one person in particular” comes here and reads but doesn't post (thank God) and that is who it was mainly directed at.

  • Kelin Blab

    + I hope some of the Izzo juice has rubbed off on Crean, the guy just wins and wins and wins.

    + I think Stevens is a helluva coach, but please I hope people don't put him up there with John Wooden just yet and I hope he stays at Butler. He is a good fit for that program and doesn't deserve to end up like lickliter and collier.

    + I wonder how the John Wilkins visit went and wonder when will we hear anything. I also wonder why there isn't any buzz around him compared to moses, when wilkins is probaly the more polished player. My one wilkins concern is, he is built like Watford with the same skill set and that is not a bad thing but he is not an eraser in the lane like MA would have been and that we kinda need.

    + Thanks to Butler and Baylor…I am OFFICIALLY over star ratings FOREVER. I want good players, good kids, and good students. Gordon Heyward…was an all state tennis player and a TWO star basketball player. So take your ratings and shove em' they mean NOTHING to me.

    + Glad Purdue still has no banners, glad all the Kentucky fans can begin to talk about firing Calipari now or in the near future before the sanctions hit.

    + Zeller impressed me a ton yesterday. I know this Butler run is good for them with him, but to develop his game further one school will have a nice 24hr practice facility for him to use….?

    + Finally, I believe Bawa will help IU next season…WHY? I think this offseason will help him, the players and coaches know we need him, and he has about 8 months to get ready….

  • GFDave

    Yours might have been the post I was referring to.

  • marcusgresham

    He reminds me of Mr. Buzzcut from Beavis & Butthead. I think ol' Frank needs to switch to decaf.