Culver Academies in search of school's first-ever state title

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The Culver Academy boys basketball team is hitting it's stride at the perfect time, with a 10-game winning streak.

The Eagles knocked off the No. 1 team in the state last weekend, and now, they can stake their own claim at that top spot, by winning the 3A state title on Saturday. Not only would it be the basketball program's first trophy, but the Eagles could bring home the first-ever IHSAA state title in any sport in school history.

"It means a lot, to know that we've never won a state championship before and it's definitely one of my goals. It's been one of my goals since we moved here," said sophomore Trey Galloway.

The last time Culver Academy made a trip to Bankers life was in 2011, in Head Coach Mark Galloway's first year on the job.

Mark Galloway said, "I think we learned a lot the first time we went down there, everyone at this school, so it's been exciting to get back down there, and I don't want to take anything away from the 2011 team, but this is a special team and I'm excited to be going down there with them and Trey just happens to be on the team this time."

His son, Trey is not only on the team, but is a leading scorer as a sophomore.

"It's been one of our goals this entire year, to get redemption. We lost last year in the regionals and we've just been looking forward to this moment and it's finally here," said Trey Galloway.

Culver Academy is also looking for some redemption for one of their few losses this season, that came back in December to the other 3A semi-state champ: the Bosse Bulldogs.

"Going into the season you kind of know who's going to be a good team, and it wasn't kind of, we knew they were going to be really good with Mekhi Lairy. We went down there and played them and he had 36 on us," Mark Galloway added, "They're averaging 83 points a game and they're number one in the state in scoring, so we wanted to challenge our guys in December."

CMA fell 74-64 when they made the 5-hour road-trip south to Evansville.

Sophomore forward Deontae Craig said, "We put a tough schedule together to prepare us for moments like this and it's definitely been in our heads ever since we lost."

Honestly, right now it's just defense, defense, defense. We feel like we're a better defensive team than we were back then. Just containing their guys and playing defense like we know we ought to," Junior Ethan Brittain-Watts.

Mark Galloway said, "That's the mindset you've got to take is that it's on a neutral court and it's going to be a very good game for both teams and that's encouraging for us because we probably haven't played our best basketball yet."

The big stage is set for the Eagles and Bulldogs to meet once again, tip is set for 6pm ET this Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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