Boys basketball: Hanover, Washington Twp. reach PCC semifinals
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent January 17, 2013 11:12PM
South Central's Blaine Howell and Washington Twp's Luke Lipinski battle for control of the loose ball in the first quarter at Boone Grove Thursday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:15PM
VALPARAISO — Neither team would use the game film on a highlight reel, but both Hanover Central and Washington Township advanced to a semifinal matchup in the PCC tourney.
Washington (8-5, 1-3 PCC) started the night with a 30-26 win over South Central.
After beating the Satellites 81-51 a month ago, Washington coach Scot Spoljaric expected a different kind of game.
“We knew that it was going to be a grind-it-out game,” he said. “The first one was a track meet.”
South Central (2-9, 0-4 PCC) built a 10-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Satellites didn’t score for the next 10 minutes — including a scoreless second quarter. Washington took advantage with 14 points in that period — six apiece from Brandon Adkins and Ryan Geberin.
It was the Senators’ offense that went cold in the third quarter, scoring two points. Thanks to that drought, South Central was within two points of Washington by the middle of the fourth quarter.
Twice in the final minute, the Satellites had possession of the ball while trailing 28-26. But on both occasions Geberin, who had a game-high 11 points, came away with a steal, and his fast-break layup after the second turnover sealed Washington’s win.
Another rematch awaited in the nightcap, as Hanover Central (7-6, 4-0 PCC) defeated Hebron 45-35. The two teams had also met in late November, with Hanover winning that game 60-30.
“We had a lot of things go our way,” said Hanover coach Bryon Clouse. “We knew that wasn’t going to happen again.”
Hanover jumped out to a 15-4 lead by the middle of the second quarter and never trailed again. But the second half saw plenty of opportunities for Hebron (7-5, 3-2 PCC) to get back in the game.
“Credit their defense,” said Clouse. “I thought we had some opportunities. We had some missed layups, they sped us up a bit and we didn’t slow down.”
Hebron’s Bryce Hanaway led all scorers with 19 points. Max Johnson had 16 points for Hanover, including eight points in the final quarter as the Wildcats — finally — were able to put the game away.