Top-seeded The Gregory School found redemption in the Class 1A state boys basketball final this year, winning 65-46 over the No. 3 Fort Thomas at the Prescott Event Center on Saturday.
The Hawks were down two players due to injuries, but refused to accept the same results as last year, when they lost 75-50 to the NFL Yet Academy.
Playing with a rotation of just six players, coach Craig Everson had his team focus on getting stops to get the win.
"It was our half-court defense. We knew we had to hold them. We were targeting 40 points, and they got a few more than that, but we got stops when we needed to," Everson said
While stressing defense, the Hawks held a narrow lead at halftime, up 27-21. Their offense would rev up in the second half.
Senior captain Addison Mort had 23 points for The Gregory School, including eight free throws in the fourth quarter. He added seven rebounds.
"Addison Mort is always our leader," Everson said. "He's our safety blanket because he can score so many points, inside or out."
Tomari Harris scored 22 for the Hawks, who would surge in the second half.
The game ended on an emotional note, as Gregory senior Conner Heros scored the last basket of the game to bring the final to 65-46. Heros, who has cerebral palsy, has been involved with the program all four years.
"It was pretty cool. I was just happy to win. We worked so hard for this all year," Heros said. "I told last year's seniors — they were so upset — that we were going to fight to get back here... So it's really special."