Indianapolis Tech holds off Lake Central for Class 4A title
By Brandon Vickrey For Sun-Times Media March 29, 2014 9:38PM
Lake Central's Tyler Wideman and Lake Central's Tye Wilburn embrace after their loss to Arsenal Tech at Bankers Life Fieldhousel on March 29, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Indianapolis Tech 63,
Lake Central 59
Indianapolis Tech — Josh Whitfield 0-1 2-2 2; CJ Walker 3-8 1-2 7; Jeremie Tyler 8-10 2-4 19; Mikey Jones 4-9 4-4 15; Justin Parker 0-3 4-6 4; Trey Lyles 3-11 10-14 16. Totals 18-42 23-32 63
Lake Central —Tye Wilburn 8-15 3-5 20; Matt Meneghetti 3-8 0-2 9; Joe Bannister 2-9 2-2 6; Cory Dickelman 1-3 1-4 3; Tyler Ross 0-4 0-0 0; Chris Tuskan 1-3 0-0 2; Tyler Wideman 9-11 1-5 19. Totals 24-55 7-18 59
Ind. Tech 14 13 22 14 — 63
Lake Central 4 8 20 27 — 59
3-point baskets — (IT) Tyler; Jones 3; (LC) Wilburn 1; Meneghetti 3
Total fouls —Lake Central 23, Indianapolis Tech 13
Fouled out— None
Records — Indianapolis Tech 27-2; Lake Central 22-4
Updated: May 29, 2014 4:14AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Lake Central’s hourglass simply ran out of sand in Saturday night’s Class 4A state championship game against Indianapolis Tech.
After trailing by as many as 23 points, the Indians pulled to within three points in the final 30 seconds. However, the hole proved to be too deep as the Titans prevailed 63-59.
“It’s hard to complain about not having enough time at the end of the game when you think you’re starting to play well when you throw away 16 in the first half, and that’s what we did,” Indians coach Dave Milausnic said. “In the first half we were awful offensively. It was just one of those halves.”
Lake Central dominated the fourth quarter 27-14, but the Titans did just enough to claim the win. Trey Lyles swished a free throw with 10.9 seconds remaining to build the lead to four and provide the final margin of victory.
Matt Meneghetti’s three-pointer rimmed in with 30.3 seconds left to pull the persistent Indians to within six. A heavy dose of Tye Wilburn and Wideman, who finished with 19 points, allowed Lake Central to climb back into the game. Wilburn finished with a game-high 20 points.
“That’s what we’ve been doing all year; we play to the buzzer,” Wideman said. “I think, in the first half, there were some jitters being out here under the lights in front of this crowd.”
Wideman left the game with 2:35 remaining in the first half after suffering an apparent facial cut. Wideman re-entered 13 seconds into the second half wearing a bandage around his head.
The Titans put together a 14-0 first-half run to gain control. Mr. Basketball candidate Trey Lyles received most of the hype leading up to the game, but it was Ball State recruit Jeremie Tyler who did the bulk of the damage early, scoring 10 of his team’s 14 points in the first quarter. Tyler finished with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
Lyles was limited to 16 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
“I thought Cory Dickelman played his tail off (guarding Lyles),” Milausnic said. “For Cory, at 6-foot-3, to go out there and play the way he did against a Kentucky recruit is just a testament to his heart.”
The game marks the end of the careers of seven Lake Central seniors.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys,” Milausnic said. “If we got another possession and won, I wouldn’t be any prouder because they battled.”