May also added 4 assists and 2 steals to his outstanding performance.
The halftime score was 38-12 in favor of the Bloomington North Cougars, quite a defensive accomplishment for them considering that Columbus East (17-5) is a team that handed North one of its two losses for the season on February 15th. Bloomington played a man-to-man defense which is credited for holding Columbus East to well below its season averages.
Columbus East, after falling behind during the first minutes, never got closer than 11 points.
Thursday night according to Debbie May, Sean received an inspirational phone message from Coach Doherty, telling him to "refuse to lose." After IU's practice on Friday, two former North players Jared Jeffires and May's older brother, Scottie, visited the Bloomington North locker room, talked to Sean, and were in attendance at the game.
According to observers at the game, there was a cohesiveness to Bloomington North's play last night. "They brought it together as a team." Against Columbus East, May and teammates ratcheted up their play. May in particular took a leadership role, encouraging his teammates throughout the game.
Debbie May reports that her All-American son Sean will be honored and receive his McDonald's All-American jersey during halftime of the Indiana Pacers' game on March 17 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Tonight, Bloomington North will play Franklin for the Indiana class 4A Sectional 14 title at 7:30 tonight at the Columbus North gym in Columbus, Indiana. Regional playoffs will then begin on March 9th with semi-state on 3/16, and Indiana state finals will be played on March 23rd.
3-1-02, Sectional semifinal
Bloomington North 61, Columbus East 46
Sean May game stats
FG 8-14 (57%)
3 pt 0-0 (0%)
FT 8-11 (72%)