UK signee Lyles leads his high school to its first state title

broberts@herald-leader.comMarch 29, 2014 

INDIANAPOLIS — Trey Lyles' run to the Indiana state championship game was cut short last year.

The University of Kentucky signee went down with a knee injury in the 2013 sectional playoffs, and Arsenal Tech lost its first game without him.

On Saturday night, the future Wildcat finally got the victory he's been waiting for.

Lyles had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 63-59 win over Lake Central to deliver the Indiana Class 4A title to Arsenal Tech, which has been around for 102 years but had never won a championship.

Lyles and his fellow seniors — 10 of Tech's 14 players fall in that category — were the ones to bring home the Indianapolis public school's first title.

The UK signee got off to a slow start, scoring just one point in the first quarter. By halftime, he had seven points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Lyles — one of the best offensive players in the country but not a standout defender — was relentless on the defensive end early.

He struggled on offense but made a free throw with 10 seconds left to give his team a four-point lead and set the final score.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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