Andrean 69, Hanover 47
ANDREAN (20-3) 20 - 28 - 16 - 5 == 69
HANOVER (15-8) 7 - 7 - 15 - 18 = 47
3-2-13, Class 3A KV Sectional championship
ANDREAN (69) Nick Davidson 3-5-11, Skyler Moss 3-5-12, Collin Wojcik 7-1-20, Matt Rubbery 0-2-2, DJ Gonzalez 4-0-8, Nick Podkul 2-0-6, JJ Bosak 2-0-4, Sam Toporski 1-0-3, Ben Davidson 1-0-3, Danny Keilman 0-0-0, Ramon Guerrero 0-0-0, Shamir Johnson 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23 (13-17) 69.
HANOVER (47) Danny Kubiak 5-0-14, Max Johnson 3-3-10, Jeremy Pedersoli 5-2-12, Nick Myszkowski 2-0-5, Payton Smith 2-0-6, Sean Kelly 0-0-0, Bobby McClelland 0-0-0, Luke Pederson 0-0-0, Brandon Sears 0-0-0, Trent Fanta 0-0-0, Alec Nirtaut 0-0-0. TOTALS: 17 (5-8) 47.
FREE THROWS: ANDREAN (13-17, 78.3%) Nick Davidson 5-5, Moss 5-8, Ruberry 2-2, Wojcik 1-2; HANOVER (5-8, 62.5%) Johnson 3-6, Pedersoli 2-2.
REBOUNDS: ANDREAN (23) Moss 7, Wojcik 4, Nick Davidson 4, Guerrero 2, Bosak 2, Keilman 2, Ruberry, Ben Davidson; HANOVER (17) Johnson 7, Kubiak 3, Pederson 3, Pedersoli 2, Sears, Smith.
ASSISTS: ANDREAN (16) Nick Davidson 6, Gonzalez 4, Wojcik 2, Podkul 2, Keilman, Guerrero; HANOVER (8) Myszkowski 3, Johnson 2, McClelland, Kubiak, Pedersen.
STEALS: ANDREAN (10) Gonzalez 4, Podkul 2, Ruberry, Guerrero, Keilman Nick Davidson; HANOVER (9) Kubiak 2, Pedersen 2, Nirtaut, Fanta.
3-GOALS: ANDREAN (10) Collin Wojcik 5, Nick Podkul 2, Skyler Moss, Sam Toporski, Ben Davidson; HANOVER (8) Danny Kubiak 4, Payton Smith 2, Max Johnson, Nick Myszkowski.
Hanover 46, Calumet 34
CALUMET (6-16) 13 - 8 - 4 - 9 = 34
HANOVER (15-7) 11 - 11 - 13 - 11 = 46
3-2-13, Class 3A KV Sectional semifinals
CALUMET (34) Shaquan Little 0-3-3, Anthony Harris 5-2-12, Dantrel Brooks 1-1-3, Rashaan Carson 6-0-13, Dakota Humphrey 1-1-3, Kurt Davis 0-0-0, Josh Borst 0-0-0. TOTAS: 13 (7-15) 34.
HANOVER (46) Nick Myszkowski 3-0-8, Danny Kubiak 1-2-4, Brandon Sears 2-0-4, Jeremy Pedersoli 4-2-15, Trent Fanta 1-0-2, Max Johnson 3-6-12, Bobby McClelland 0-1-1, Payton Smith 0-0-0. TOTALS: 16 (11-16) 46.
FREE THROWS: CALUMET (7-15, 46.6%) Little 3-4, Harris 2-4, Brooks 1-2, Carson 0-1, Humphrey 1-4; HANOVER (11-16, 68.6%) Johnson 6-8, Pedersoli 2-4, Kubiak 2-2, McClelland 1-2.
3-GOALS: CALUMET (1) Rashaan Carson; HANOVER (3) Nick Myszkowski 2, Jeremy Pedersoli.
WHEATFIELD — Hanover Central did not seem to believe it could defeat Class 3A No. 3 Andrean in the Kankakee Valley Sectional championship game Saturday night. The Wildcats confidence seemed fragile.
Twenty-foot three-point shots raining down over your head can do that to you.
Those of us who thought that the Porter County Conference tournament champion Wildcats could challenge the Northwest Crossroads Conference champion 59ers found out very quickly how wrong we were in Jasper County late Saturday.
The Niners led 11-7 with 2:10 left in the first quarter before scoring the next 14 points for a 25-7 lead with 6:43 left in the half. It was 48-14 at the half and the final score, 69-47 for Andrean, was not nearly as bad as the game was for Hanover.
Andrean, now four-time defending sectional champs, sank 10 three-point baskets and led 67-29 with 6:40 left in the game.
“When they are making all those shots,” admitted Hanover coach Bryon Clouse, “what are you going to do? (Collin) Wojcik hits five in the first half. Even (Skyler) Moss hits one. We were scared. I didn’t think we were until the game started but we were scared. Sectional championship against a team like Andrean. Number three in the state.
“I didn’t think it would be this way when we were practicing all week. Unfortunately, that’s the way it went. In the second half we played. The lead didn’t go from 40 to 60. It went from 40 to 20. I know the final score isn’t way the game went but at least our kids fought.”
Hanover was out of this game so fast that the Andrean student section didn’t seem to know what to cheer about in the second half.
The first half scoring hero was obvious. Like Ray Lewis says, “Success is one thing. Impact is another.”
Wojcik scored “just” 20 points but he scored them all in the first 12 minutes of the game.
Wojcik, a 6-foot-4 senior known for shooting success, hit his first three-point shot with 5:45 to go in the first quarter to give the 59ers (20-3) a 7-0 lead.
When he hit his fifth and final three-point shot with 4:03 to go in the half, Andrean led 36-11.
HC, which lost 6-foot-7 center Sean Kelly to three fouls in the first five minutes, is a very small team without him. The Wildcats played a 2-3 zone, hoping that Andrean would not shoot well.
Wojcik, who struggled shooting early in the season, blew up that strategy.
“He’s just a fantastic student athlete,” said Andrean coach Carson Cunningham. “Already knows what he wants to do. He’s gong to be an engineer. Rose-Hulman (Institute in Terre Haute) is all over him. He’s a great guy. He shot 40 percent from three-point range for three years. He can shoot the apple. Got into a little bit of a shooting slump but he got out of it himself. This whole sectional he’s been shooting well.”
Wojcik, who is one of nine Andean seniors, ran the floor well in conjunction with 6-foot-4 lead guard Nick Davidson, who recorded all six of his assists in the first half.
“Nick is just Mr. Production,’” said Cunningham. “He just keeps producing points, rebounds assists. Leadership. It’s impressive.”
Nick Davidson had a memorable night personally. With his younger brother Ben on the varsity (he added a second-half three-pointer) Davidson was a dominant player pushing the ball up the floor for wide open shots.
He was well aware that this is Andrean’s first senior class that saw 12 consecutive sectional game wins.
“It’s great for the seniors to have never lost a sectional game since they’ve been in school,” Nick said. “Four sectionals in a row. It’s a credit to our coaching staff and kids who have been willing to work to get better. It’s sweet and we’ll enjoy it. But then we want to go on (to the regional) and do some damage.”
Andrean played a trapping defense designed to prevent Hanover from having the long possessions which helped the Cats beat PCC rival Kouts (20-4) and 4A neighbor Lowell. Cunningham asked that you not to give him credit for that.
“In my humble opinion, I think we have the best assistant coach in the state of Indiana in Scott Hicko,” said Cunningham, who played on Andrean sectional champions in 1990 and 1991 in the old one-class tournament. “He’s been (coaching) with me since I’ve been here. He also played with me at Andrean.
“You’ve heard of the Horse Whisperer,” said Cunningham. “The Baby Whisperer. The Ghost Whisperer? Well there’s the Defense Whisperer. That’s Scott. He thinks deeply about defense.
“He’s a professional who works with emotionally troubled youth. He knows how to talk to people. He knows how to motivate them. We have given up fewer points this year than any Andrean team in 25 years and Scott Hicko has a lot to do with that. The ‘Defense Whisperer’ is getting overlooked. The guys take a lot of pride in their defense.”
“We just wanted to give them a lot of different looks,” Nick Davidson said. “It’s like football, you want to give the quarterback different looks. We know that our pressure can cause a lot of turnovers. That’s what got our offense going.”
Andrean now faces high scoring Lew Wallace, a 78-58 winner over Hammond in the Griffith Sectional championship Saturday. Wallace (13-7) averages 77 points a game and they lost to Andrean 78-65 back in November.
“They’ve improved a lot as the season has gone on,” said Cunningham. “They’re just a good team. We know it’ll be a battle. Any game in the regional is a real battle.”
Hanover, which sank six three-point baskets in a loosely played and officiated second half, faces a tough battle in the off-season.
The five players who started at the sectional for HC all graduate, including PCC MVP Max Johnson. There were no juniors on the playoff roster so Hanover is likely to be a very young team entering the 2014 playoffs.
“We’ve got a lot of guys to replace,” Clouse said. “There’s a lot of work ahead of us. There’s a lot of guys who didn’t play much this year they need to show they can get better. We’ll take a little time of and then we’ll get back at it. The best thing is they (Andrean) have nine seniors. I hope they win state now.”
SECTIONAL NOTES: Jeremy Pedersoli scored 15 points as Hanover came on strong in the second half to top Calumet 46-34 in last Fridays semifinals.
Calumet (6-16) trailed just 22-21 at the half but the Warriors missed 8-of-15 free throws in the game and scored just 13 second half points. The victory was Hanover’s 15th of the season, the second highest total in 20 years. Hanover was 17-5 three years ago and went 15-6 in 1997.
Andrean senior power forward Skyler Moss, who did not play in the Kankakee Valley Sectional quarterfinals or semifinals, came off the bench against Hanover to post 12 points and seven rebounds. The 6-foot-4 senior is playing with an ankle injury.
Hanover Central lost eight games but was out-classed in only two, against Andrean (20-3) Saturday and in December in a 93-29 loss to South Bend Adams (21-2). Adams will play in the Class 4A Valparaiso Regional this Saturday with Warsaw, Merrillville (20-3) and Munster (25-0).
There were small crowds all week at the KV Sectional and the final night crowd was about 400 in the 4,000-seat KV gym.
In a sectional that includes Rensselaer, Knox, KV, Andrean, Hanover and Calumet, clearly if those first three schools aren’t contending to win, few people are going to make the 30-plus mile trip.
This was the 19th sectional championship for Andrean, including 10 in the 15 years since class sports began in 1998. The 59ers have not won a regional title since 2000.
Hanover, which loss 77-44 to Andrean the 2012 sectional championship game, has not won a sectional title in 27 years and is 0-2 now since moving from Class 2A to Class 3A.