ADAMS TWP — Mars came out on fire and there was nothing Indiana could do to put out the flames.
Friday night’s Section 1-AAA boys basketball showdown turned into a smoke show, as the Planets drained 14-of-19 3-pointers in a 76-38 victory over the Indians at Mars High School.
“We have been waiting all year for that explosion,” said Mars coach Rob Carmody. “I fully expected it to be a game that was going to be decided by free throws in the last minute of the game. Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that.
“It’s a great credit to our kids and their focus.”
Mitch Buzard sparked the Planets (15-3, 9-0) early with a pair of treys and finished with a game-high 20 points. He was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
“We haven’t been shooting too great the past few games and I just thought tonight was our night,” said Buzard. “We came out shooting hot. We were real focused.”
Zach May recently returned from injury and poured in 17 points off the bench, drilling 5-of-7 3-pointers.
“We wanted to jump on them from the start,” said May. “They’re a very good basketball team. We figured if we got on them early, we’d be able to handle them from there.”
And the Planets did just that.
Mars led 16-10 after the first quarter, widened the gap to 37-23 by halftime and began the third frame on an 8-0 run.
The Indians (14-5, 8-2) were left helpless on the defensive end, as Mars efficiently spread the floor and forced Indiana to pick its poison.
“And it was everybody,” said Indiana coach Greg Lezanic. “It didn’t matter who was in there; it didn’t matter who was shooting the basketball.
“There wasn’t a whole lot we could do. They just took us apart like a surgeon would.”
Darious Carter led Indiana with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and tied Mars’ Josh Goetz with a game-high seven rebounds, but the Indians had no answer for the balance of the Planets.
Matt Getsy quietly tallied 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting,
Mars shot 28-of-47 from the floor — 59.6 percent — and tallied 16 assists as a team.
“You don’t shoot that well without great passes. We threw great passes that got us into our shots,” said Carmody. “You’re not going to shoot that way all the time. It was a perfect storm. It’s a Friday night, you have a big crowd, the juices are flowing and things happen.”