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Boys basketball: Tyler Wideman reaches 1,000, LC cruises to DAC west title

Lake Central's Tyler Ross grabs defensive rebound as he is fouled by Merrillville's Diante Montgomery (right) during their game held

Lake Central's Tyler Ross grabs a defensive rebound as he is fouled by Merrillville's Diante Montgomery (right) during their game held at Merrillville High School on Saturday December 28, 2013. | Charles Mitchell/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 30, 2014 7:00AM



MERRILLVILLE — Lake Central came into the Duneland west holiday tournament as the favorite and it showed in the Indians’ play with an impressive 71-45 win over Crown Point in the title game.

“Two games in one day, anything can happen. But Crown Point has a very nice team and we were fortunate to get out of the gates early and force them to chase us a little bit,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said.

Lake Central (7-1) came out firing on all cylinders, led by senior Tyler Wideman. He had a spectacular game, leading all scorers with 26 points, the precise total he needed to collect 1,000 career points at Lake Central.

“We are playing with a great amount of confidence with an all-around team effort,” Wideman said. “We wanted to come out and jump to an early lead and we were able to do that tonight.”

Thanks in part to senior Tye Wilburn’s ability to run the offense and Wideman delivering several thunderous dunks, Lake Central crusied to a 19-10 lead through the first quarter.

The Indians built on that lead as Wideman collected 12 of his 26 points in the second quarter and stretched the Lake Central lead to 39-22 at the half.

Crown Point (4-2) kept fighting throughout the game but it was too little, too late.

“They are a complete team with a lot of seniors that play with a great amount of confidence,” Crown Point coach Clint Swan said. “We are a young team and they showed us areas we need to work on. But we are pleased with the effort by our kids tonight against a well rounded team.”

In the consolation game, Portage defeated Merrillville 54-45.



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