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Wolves reach Final Four with 10-point win

Mar. 16—Parke Heritage has reached the Final Four in Class 2A boys high school basketball.

The Wolves beat Forest Park 64-54 in the second semifinal game of the Southport Semistate on Saturday afternoon, after top-ranked Brownstown Central survived a last-second shot to beat Park Tudor 50-49. The championship game is 8 p.m. Saturday.

Treigh Schelsky led all scorers with 22 points for Parke Heritage, while Max Dowd added 17 and Renn Harper 16. Schelsky and Dowd were also the game's leading rebounders with eight each.

The lead changed hands eight times in the first half, with the Wolves on top 26-25 at intermission.

Harper had a pair of big 3-pointers early in the third quarter that helped his team extend the lead, and the Wolves shot 70% from the field in the second half and dominated the backboards.

"That's a good team, almost a carbon copy [of us]," coach Rich Schelsky of the Wolves said of the Rangers. "It was a battle of attrition.

"We had a really good second half offensively," the coach continued. "The guys executed our stuff really well."

Dowd, at best the team's fourth-leading scorer, had maybe the best half of his career with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist before intermission. He'd said earlier in the week that he still had a scoring mindset if needed, however.

"I knew I could step up and today I knew I would have to do it," he said after the game.

FOREST PARK (54) — Howard 7-16 3-4 19, Wolf 0-2 0-0 0, Lueken 2-6 1-2 5, J.Berg 3-6 2-3 9, T.Berg 4-9 2-3 11, Burger 3-5 2-2 9, Frick 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 19-45 FG, 11-16 FT, 54 TP.

PARKE HERITAGE (64) — Schelsky 10-12 1-2 22, Harper 6-9 1-2 16, Crum 3-5 2-2 8, Luce 0-3 1-2 1, Dowd 8-14 0-5 17, Goins 0-1 0-0 0, Harpold 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-44 FG, 5-13 FT, 64 TP.

Forest Park 13 12 12 17 — 54

Parke Heritage 13 13 19 19 — 64

3-point shooting — FP 5-17 (Howard 2-8, Burger 1-2, T.Berg 1-3, J.Berg 1-4), PH 5-9 (Harper 3-3, Dowd 1-1, Schelsky 1-2, Goins 0-1, Luce 0-2). Total fouls — FP 13, PH 15. Fouled out — Luce. Turnovers — FP 6, PH 10. Rebounds — FP 18 (Howard 4, Lueken 4, Burger 4), PH 38 (Schelsky 8, Dowd 8, Crum 6, Harper 5, Luce 2, Goins, Team 8). Assists — FP 8 (Howard 3, J.Berg 3), PH 14 (Schelsky 3, Harper 3, Luce 3, Goins 3, Crum, Dowd). Steals — FP 7 (J.Berg 2, T.Berg 2), FP 4 (Dowd 3, Harper). Blocks — FP 0, PH 0.

Next — Parke Heritage (24-5) advanced to Saturday night's championship game. Forest Park finished 18-10.