St Paul’s Lutheran School Fort Wayne and Concordia Lutheran School represented The Lutheran Schools Partnership (TLSP) schools at this year’s National Lutheran Basketball Tournament in Valparaiso, Indiana. Both teams played into the last day of the tournament.
St. Paul’s went 4-1, and played in the championship bracket throughout the tournament. The Bears defeated Our Redeemer, Delavan, Wisconsin 47-27 in the first round, Trinity, Waconia MN 52-22 in the 2nd round, Lincoln Lutheran, Lincoln Nebraska 52-28 in the quarter final, and lost in overtime to the undefeated Minnesota State Champion 43-37, Zion Mayer, MN. The Bears went on to defeat Zion Marengo, Illinois in the 3rd place game 51-37. St. Paul’s had two players on the all tournament team, both 7th graders. CJ Davis who had 54 points in the tournament, averaging 11 per game, and Darrion Brooks, who had 75 points in the tournament, averaging 15 per game.
Concordia went 4-2, and made it to the Consolation Bracket Semi Final. They defeated Christ the King, Memphis, TN in their first game, 55-40. They lost in the 2nd round to the eventual champion, Divine Redeemer, Hartland, WI, 56-38. This moved them into the consolation championship bracket. In their first game in that bracket, they defeated Concordia, Omaha, NE 36-31. In the second game, they defeated Hales Corner Wisconsin 39-25. They lost in the consolation semi-final to Salem, Tomball, TX.
Congratulations to both teams!