Michigan City students wear togas as they cheer on their team during the boys basketball sectionals on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in Michigan City. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Mich. City 69, Crown point 54
CROWN POINT (5-16) 10 - 21 - 12 - 11 == 54
MICHIGAN CITY (10-11) 8 - 18 - 27 - 16 == 69
2-28-13, Class 4A Michigan City Sectional quarterfinal
CROWN POINT (54) Brett Barclay 2-2-6, Nick Jeffirs 3-5-11,,Tommy Bardeson 9-8-28, Noah Burkholder 2-0-4, Braxton Rice 2-0-4, Josh Berquist 0-1-1, PJ Phelps 0-0-0, Rade Kukobat 0-0-0, Alex Nickla 0-0-0. TOTALS: 18 (16-20) 54.
MICHIGAN CITY (69) Ryan Taylor 5-16-27, Anthony Smith 5-3-13, A’Seante Clark 1-3-5, Donovan Wilson 1-0-2 Lucas Darner 4-2-12, Shanquan Hemphill 1-0-2, Lacy Johnson 2-2-6, Cory Workman 1-0-2, JaVarrie Oliver 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20 (27-35) 69.
FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (16-20, 80%) Bardeson 8-9, Jeffirs 5-7, Barclay 2-2, Berquist 1-2; MICH CITY (26-35, 74.2%) Taylor 16-17, Simmons 3-5, Clark 3-4, Darner 2-2, Johnson 2-5, Hemphill 1-2.
REBOUNDS: CROWN POINT (23) Burkholder 6, Kukobat 4, Rice 4, Bardeson 3, Barclay 3, Jeffirs 2, Berquist; MICHIGAN CITY (22) Simmons 5, Clark 4, Taylor 3, Johnson 3, Hemphill 3, Darner 2, Workman 2.
ASSISTS: CROWN POINT (4) Berquist 2, Nickla, Bardeson; MICH CITY (8) Wilson 3, Clark 2, Taylor, Johnson, Oliver.
BLOCKED SHOTS: CROWN POINT (2) Burkholder 2, MICH CITY (11) Johnson 4, Simmons 4, Taylor 3.
3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (2) Bardeson 2, MICH. CITY (3) Lucas Darner 2, Ryan Taylor.
MICHIGAN CITY (4A) Sectional
Valparaiso 51. Portage 37; Chesterton 70, LaPorte 50
MERRILLVILLE 60, Hobart 39
Michigan City 69, CROWN POINT 54
Valparaiso 56, Chesterton 34
MERRILLVILLE 66, Michigan City 61
MERRILLVILLE 63, Valparaiso 56 (OT)
Updated: March 5, 2013 11:56AM
MICHIGAN CITY — You can probably sum this up by saying that Michigan City found a way to win over Crown Point in the Michigan City Sectional quarterfinals last Thursday.
It wasn’t pretty and I’m not sure either coach was comfortable with it. But MC turned up the intensity and, frankly, pushed CP around in a second half rally for a 69-54 decision.
The Bulldogs led 33-26 with 7:21 left in the third quarter but a physical game got more physical until a double foul was called against CP’s 6-foot-5 Nick Jeffirs and Michigan City’s 6-foot-5 Lacy Johnson with 4:48 left.
With CP leading 39-36, game referees called both teams to the center of the floor and talked to them about calming things down. Michigan City scored the next 12 points to take a 48-39 lead with 1:31 to go.
During that stretch there was a technical foul on CP coach Clint Swan and some obvious pushing, poking and wrestling that the refs simply seemed unwilling to call.
Crown Point had 10 team fouls with 7:20 to go in the second half and Michigan city had four.
“I thought it was very physical in the first half , too,” said MC coach John Boyd, a state champion coach at Gary West Side. “Crown Point was very physical. Both teams were physical.”
The game clearly changed when the home team jacked up the intensity. As they have all year, CP had boys pass up open shots to try to get the ball inside to Jeffirs or give it to top scorer Tommy Bardeson.
You left with mixed emotions. I gave Crown Point a lot of credit for not responding to hard fouls with harder fouls. I thought they showed restraint, all the way up to Swan who aggresively tried not to critique the officials in his post game comments.
But if the refs are allowing rough play, your team has to be the rough boys. You could see Michigan City players simply poking CP boys in the chest more than once, and everybody wrestled on in bounds plays.
“I never want to comment on the officiating,” said Swan, when he was asked about the nature of the game.
I can comment on it. This is probably what you get in a weeknight sectional quarterfinal game between two losing teams. The referees just seemed to want to get it over with and a lot was ignored.
Credit MC for taking advantage. The foul shooting numbers confirm that.
After sinking just 5-of-11 free shots in the first half, Michigan City made 22 of 24 in the second half. Senior Ryan Taylor was 16 of 17 for the game including 10 of 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves total of 11 blocked shots shows how much they lifted their effort after halftime.
One CP player who seemed to relish the contact and “street” play was Bardeson who scored a game-high 28 points.
Hand-checked all night (as most players were) Bardeson scored 21 of his 28 in the first half and was often double-teamed.
“This was probably Tommy Bardeson’s best game,” Swan said. “He was very aggresive in the first half and he crested shots. I had no trouble woth the shots we got,” said Swan. “We had a lot of open shots that we just missed.”
SECTIONAL NOTES: There were more Michigan City fans than there were Crown Point fans at Thursday’s sectional game and that was not a surprise.
Due to bad weather, the entire quarterfinal round was postponed for a day and the Thursday date was originally an open night. The weather wasn’t great Thursday either and few from CP made the drive.
Due to the postponement, teams in CP’s half of the bracket were forced to play and win three games in three nights to win the sectional, but Merrillville (20-3) did just that.
The Pirates topped Michigan City 56-51, and Valparaiso 63-55 in overtime to win the sectional championship late Saturday