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Boys basketball: East Chicago, Lake Central set up rematch

eastChicago's HyrEdwards attempts breakaway layup against West Side's TaQuary Scott (behind) during East Chicago boys basketball sectional held East Chicago

eastChicago's Hyron Edwards attempts a breakaway layup against West Side's TaQuary Scott (behind) during the East Chicago boys basketball sectional held at East Chicago High School on Wednesday March 5, 2014. | Charles Mitchell/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 7, 2014 1:33PM



EAST CHICAGO — Don’t be surprised if Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic gets the cold shoulder at his next high school class reunion.

The Indians got a 21-point performance from Matt Meneghetti and pitched a shutout for the first 10 minutes of the game as Lake Central beat Highland, Milausnic’s Alma mater, 76-39 in the first game of Wednesday’s East Chicago Sectional doubleheader.

East Chicago will move on in the playoffs thanks to a 23-point night by Damien Jefferson in a 68-48 win over West Side, a game which saw East Chicago break open a 25-20 halftime lead to set up a semifinal duel with Lake Central on Friday.

“We made some adjustments to what they were doing,” East Chicago coach Abe Brown said. “We put in a new full-court press and I think that was the difference.”

Having three Cardinals score in double figures didn’t hurt either with Jefferson getting scoring help from Jalen Blackmon scoring 15 points and Hyron Edwards adding 12. West Side (9-11) got 16 from Christian Jacobs.

“I hope he (Jefferson) continues to rise to the occasion and take care of business,” Brown said.

Lake Central took care of its business early, scoring the first 16 points of the game and not allowing a Highland field goal until the 6:04 mark of the second quarter when Thomas Rankin knocked home the first of his four 3-pointers for the game.

Meneghetti countered with seven treys off the Indians bench while Tyler Ross added 11.

“I thought the kids did a great job being patient on defense and not hacking for the ball in the first quarter when they held the ball,” said Milausnic. “”When he (Meneghetti) is on the floor, it’s tough to press us or play zone, he’s that good of a shooter.”

Rankin had a team-high 19 points for Highland (8-14).

It will be the second time this season that the Indians (17-3) and Cardinals will share some hardwood, with East Chicago (12-9) winning 58-50 Feb. 11.

“We know they will have a chip on their shoulder from the last time we played them but we will have a chip on ours because we want to move on in the tournament,” Brown said. “We’ll be here Friday night.”



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