Boys basketball: Mike Schlotman helps Munster stay perfect
GRIFFITH — The big red Munster machine just keeps rolling along.
The No. 1 one team in the state, led by Mike Schlotman’s game-high 23 points, downed Griffith 54-32 Friday night. The defining moment of Schlotman’s night was a steal and a layup to put his team up 47-29 with 4:52 left in the game.
“I just practice hard all week to set myself up for the game,” Schlotman said. “I work on my shooting in the morning shoot arounds and on days off. I try to penetrate and when I see people collapse, then I try to hit the 3.”
Schlotman did it just about every way possible, hitting seven field goals, including three from beyond the arc and hitting 6 of 7 free throws.
While Schlotman was supplying most of the offense, his Mustangs teammates were supplying the defense, holding the Panthers to nine field goals and 32 points.
“Our defense has been our staple all year,” Munster coach Mike Hackett said. “We are a really good shooting team. I see it every day in practice. But for some reason we only shot 35 percent tonight.
“Our record (18-0) is just a credit to the kids. They have totally bought in and enjoy winning. They are doing whatever it takes to win.”
The Mustangs jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead and looked like they would run away and hide early, but the Panthers (6-8) hung around. Munster led 15-11 after the first period.
The Mustangs continued their hot shooting and eventually opened a 32-20 lead at halftime. Schlotman led all scorers with 14 at the break.
“We’re a young team,” said Panther coach Gary Hayes. “At one time I had three freshmen on the floor at the same time.
“Munster is a well-schooled team and they have a purpose every time they come down the floor.”