Homestead Prepares For State Title Showdown With Reitz

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Homestead boys basketball team is in the state finals for the first time in program history as the Spartans will battle Evansville Reitz for the 4A championship Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Spartans (28-2) and Reitz (29-1) are scheduled to tip at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Reitz comes in averaging 92.23 points per game, best in the state with Fort Wayne’s Horizon Christian a distant second at 84.12. Homestead ranks 18th overall at 70.10 points a night.

Senior Caleb Swanigan, who was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year in Indiana last week, leads the Spartans at 22.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jordan Geist also scores in double figures at 16.8 points a game. Senior Dana Batt, who has signed to play at Colgate, puts up 8.2 points and 4.4 rebound a game in the post. Guard Teddy Ray (5.9 points) and Tahj Curry (9.6 points) round out the starting five for Homestead.

Reitz is led by University of Toledo recruit Jaelen Sanford’s 20.6 points per game while fellow senior Alex Stein nets 19.3 a night. All five starters for Reitz average in double figures.

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