Boys Basketball: Indianapolis Tech a tall order for Lake Central
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MikeHuttonPT March 25, 2014 10:02PM
Arsenal Tech forward Trey Lyles takes a jump shot against Bloomington North during the Class 4A Semistate game, Saturday, March 22, 2014, inside the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.
Updated: April 27, 2014 6:34AM
INDIANAPOLIS — There are all sorts of variables to weigh when trying to analyze the rematch between Lake Central and Indianapolis Tech for the Class 4A state title game.
The first game, which the Indians lost by 19, was played at Tech in a virtually, empty gym on Jan. 3.
Tye Wilburn, Lake Central’s point guard, wasn’t nearly as good then as he is now.
The Titans played without sophomore point guard CJ Walker, a Division I recruit who already has an offer from Ball State.
There is one variable that remains unchanged: Trey Lyles is a beast inside. The 6-10 center, who will play at Kentucky next year, is the single best player Lake Central will play against this year.
Luckily, they have already played against him. They know what he is capable of. Lyles scored 20 and pulled down 12 rebounds in an 80-61 victory. And that was part time duty. He was hampered with foul trouble in the first half and sat out much of it.
“He’s the real deal,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “Everything that has been written about him that is positive is well deserved.”
Tech coach Jason DeLaney said not only is he good, he is a good teammate.
“What I admire about him is how coachable he is,” DeLaney said.
Lyles is not the only weapon that Lake Central has to deal with Saturday.
This is a team loaded with Division I players.
Rashaun Richardson, a 6-7 forward and Jeremie Tyler, a 6-3 guard, both signed to play at Ball State.
Mike Jones, a 6-5 guard, has Division I interest.
Justin Parker, a 6-4 guard, was the dagger against LC in the first game. He finished with 19 points. That included some clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
What makes Lyles so good is that he can score from the three-point line as well as in the paint. His first baskets against Lake Central were three-pointers.
The Titans are vulnerable.
They led by 28 points against Bloomington North on Saturday in the Richmond Semistate with 5:54 left.
North was able to cut the lead to three points in the final 1:25 before hanging on for a 75-71 victory.
Against Lake Central, they trailed after a quarter by seven and they led by a point midway through the third quarter before Tech pulled away for the victory.