*Author’s note: I was given the great idea by Mr. David Webster to revisit Hauser’s 2006 Class A State Championship victory over Tri-Central. With the lack of live sporting events in these trying times, I jumped at this chance.

On paper, the 2006 Class A State Championship game was billed as the best matchup of the day. The game pitted third-ranked Hauser (24-2) against fourth-ranked Tri-Central (23-3). And after the first quarter of action, it appeared that this game would live up to that billing. Ultimately, however, the Jets proved that games are not played on paper. They dominated the final three quarters in route to a 64-36 victory, giving Hauser its first basketball state title.

Using the dominating inside presence of Bobby Jolliff, the prolific scoring of Gabe Miller, and a suffocating defense, the Jets brought the championship plaque back to Hope.

Jolliff put together one of the most dominating games in state championship game history, garnering a triple-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Both the rebound and block total set championship game records. Miller, after being held scoreless in the first quarter, ended up with 24 points to lead the Jets. As a team, the Jets held the Trojans to just half of their season average for points per game. Tri-Central shot just 16 percent from the floor, including 4-31 from three-point range.

One of Hauser coach Bob Nobbe’s challenges was to figure out a way to stop Tri-Central’s Grayson Flittner, who came into the game as the states leading scorer at nearly 30 points per contest. That challenge was met. Although he ended up with 23 points for the game, Flittner shot just 6-28 from the floor.

Hauser absolutely owned the paint, where they outscored the Trojans 42-8 for the game. But this lopsided outcome could not have been predicted after the first eight minutes.

The Trojans jumped out to a six-point lead, 12-6 midway through the first quarter and led 14-10 entering the second quarter. That six-point lead, however, would end up being their largest of the game.

Early in the second, Tri-Central was able to score with the Jets, and Hauser did not end up taking their first lead of the game until Zach Fugate scored to put the Jets on top 19-17 with 3:04 left in the first half. Tri-Central would battle back and take a 23-21 lead late in the half, but that is the last time they would be in front. From this point forward, Hauser dominated.

The Jets ended the first half and began the second half putting on a defensive clinic, outscoring the Trojans 21-2 in that time span. So dominate was the Jets’ defense, they held Tri-Central without a field goal in the third quarter. The Trojans only scoring came from two Flittner free throws, as Hauser outscored Tri-Central 15-2 to take a 41-25 lead into the final quarter of play.

With a state title on the line, the Jets did not ease up on their opponent, even with a 16-point cushion. They continued to stifle the Trojans and extend their lead until the final buzzer, winning by 28 points and giving all of Hope a huge reason to celebrate.

Although Jolliff and Miller were the catalyst on the day, Fugate contributed 11 points, Nick Long added seven, and Mize threw in six. For the cherry on top, Jordan Perkins won the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award.