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Hanover Central's Nick Myszkowski calls out play during game against Lowell Wednesday November 21 2012 Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times

Hanover Central's Nick Myszkowski calls out a play during a game against Lowell on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, in Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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2013 Hanover Central (1-0)

Coach: Bryon Clouse,

1st year at Hanover

Weekdays - 6 P.m.

JV vasity- 7:30 P.m.

11-21 (W) 44-43 at Lowell (0-1)

11-27 (W) Calumet

11-30 HEBRON

boys/girls double header 6:00 pm

12- 7 (F.) at WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

12-14 (F) at South Central

12-15 (Sat) Kankakee Valley

12-21 (F) Griffith

Hamilton Heights Holiday Tournament

12-28 (Sat) 2 games

vs. Roncalli, Irvington Prep or Hamilton Heights

Jan. 4 BOONE GROVE

Jan. 8 Morton

Jan. 12 at South Bend Adams

Porter County Conference Tournament

Jan. 18 (W) quarterfinals - 6 P.m.

Jan. 20 (S) semifinals - 11 a.m.

Jan. 21 (S) championship - 8 p.m.

Jan. 25 (W) MORGAN TOWNSHIP

Feb. 1 (F.) girls/boys doubleheader LaCROSSE

Feb. 9 North Newton - 12 noon JV 1:30 p.m. varsity

Feb. 12 at Whiting {2A} 5:30 JV, 7 p.m. varsity

Feb. 15 at KOUTS

Feb. 22 at River Forest

Kankakee Valley 3A) Sectional

vs. Knox, Rensselaer, Calumet, Andrean or KV

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Updated: November 30, 2012 3:26PM



CEDAR LAKE — I’ve always thought it was easier to play good defense than to play good offense in high school basketball.

To be a high scoring offensive team against superior athletes, you need skill, speed and size. To be good on defense against anybody, you just have to try hard.

Hanover Central was going to have to be trying hard as they could this year, a season when they are a little short on experienced skilled players.

They have exactly the coach to make that change.

Hanover Central’s style changes this year because they trade the full court speed of Nick Bollenbacher and the up-tempo style of his dad, coach Rod Bollenbacher, for a half court defensive style and a coach who’s run it for years.

“I’m a defensive-minded guy,” said new coach Byron Clouse, who was 68-61 in six years at Lake Station. “Play defense and box out. For just the few weeks that I’ve had them, to hold (Lowell) to 43, I’m very, very happy.

“We ‘re going to try to be patient. We hold the ball for 30-40 seconds and teams don’t like to play defense that long. Even defensive minded teams don’t like to play defense that long.”

The Cats roster features all-conference guard Max Johnson, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds last season in 21 games.

“Max is strong,” Clouse said. “He can shoot the 3. He can handle the ball with both hands. He’s got determination. He goes after the ball on the boards like crazy. He’s an honor roll student. I could go on and on. I think he’s one of the top-15 players in the area.”

“This is much more of a defensive style,” Johnson said after the season-opening 44-43 win over Lowell. “Every other year it was press and get the ball, run it down and score. Now we want to slow it down and play a half court game. Get the ball into the post for lay up. We took a lot of three-pointers tonight. We have to cut down on that.”

The addition of 6-foot-7 Sean Kelly makes Hanover a Porter County Conference title contender. He’s a big forward in a league that doesn’t have many.

“Sean has been one of my best friends for I don’t know how many years,” said Johnson after last week’s opener. “His mom called me and asked about his coming here. Would he fit in? I said sure. It’s big for us because obviously we don’t have a lot of size. Our young kids stepped up tonight.”

Clouse knows his program got a big boost with the 44-43 win over the big neighbor school last week.

“I put the kids through a hard time,” he admits, “and this first game showed the kids, this is why we do it. This is why we’ve been doing defense more than offense.

“This means a lot to me to start off my career here winning the first game. We had lulls there and we threw the ball away but to fight back, we did well.”

Clouse gets/needs to develop depth because Hanover has only four returning seniors and just one junior.

“We have some kids on JV we need to play,” he said.

“Alec Nirtaut. He was thrown into the fire (vs. Lowell) tonight. I definitely have to get a lot of minutes on JV. We had (Alex) Calvin up tonight. He’ll play JV. We’ll play a few of them time on JV and give them a couple of quarters for the varsity, too.”

Players can play a total of five quarters in one night.

“For me, it give some confidence in what we’re doing and it looks like its working.

“It gives me some confidence that we can be right in the mix at the top of the PCC. There’s no doubt in my mind.”



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