The element of surprise was missing on Saturday afternoon when Garber won the Class A boys basketball state championship, but there seemed to be an element of relief.
The preseason No. 1, Garber held the ranking all season and finished the wire-to-wire run with a 59-33 defeat of No. 2 Okarche on Saturday at State Fair Arena.
"There’s always pressure, especially since we were expected to win,” senior guard Dylan Postier said. "That adds a little more pressure to it. But we’ve had the experience, and that helps. We just wanted to get it done this year, and fortunately, we did.”
The experience Postier spoke of was a runner-up finish in the Class B state tournament last year, giving the Wolverines some unfinished business to tend to Saturday.
With five seniors in the starting lineup, Garber got the biggest boost from its guards, Tyler Miller, Bryce Lamer and Postier.
The trio combined for 35 points and 18 assists. Postier, an admitted dirty-work guy, had eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
"I’m not one of the star players,” he said. "I do the dirty work. I love rebounding. We all do our part and that’s what makes us good.”
Miller had a game-high 17 points and Lamer finished with 10, each with at least five assists.
"Our guards are what make us go,” Garber coach Dusty Torrey said. "They push the ball, get it where we need it to be.