INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Fans trickled into Arsenal Tech’s gymnasium throughout the day on Wednesday. Those fans are trying to snatch up tickets for Tech’s semi state against Bloomington North at Richmond.
“We have thousands of people watch us play,” said Trey Lyles, the team’s leading scorer. “The city is behind us. It’s been great for our motivation.”
The Tech Titans clinched their first regional championship since 1978 last weekend. The Titans (25-2), have received a lot of attention across the state. Recently the New York Times featured an article on the Titans highlighting the success of the IPS school.
What maybe more impressive is that the team carries a 3.2 GPA. Lyles has 3.8 GPA, and the teams small forward Mike Jones has the highest ACT score in the school at a 29 composite score.
“That’s our first priority–be a student first and then an athlete,” said Senior Guard Jeremie Tyler.
Currently Tyler has a full ride to Ball State University to play basketball in the fall.
According to Tech’s coaching staff, 11 players on the team will receive college scholarships in some capacity. Currently three players have full rides to major universities for basketball.
Players credited the coaching staff for helping to keep the team together for four years.
“It’s more than just basketball. They changed me as a person,” said Tech’s Senior Forward Mike Jones.
However, Tech Coach Jason Delaney credits the players and his staff for buying into the program.
“They understand this is the last chance they have to win a state championship,” said Delaney.
The Titans play Saturday in Richmond against Bloomington North. The Titans’ match-up follows the 3A game that starts at 4 p.m. If the Titans win, they will go on to Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 29. Tickets are still on sale at Arsenal Tech.