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Boys basketball: Andrean rolls in traditional opener while Roosevelt coach talks about changes

Andrean senior D.J. Gonzalez dribbles up court against Roosevelt junior Troy Lane during boys basketball game Andrean High School Monday

Andrean senior D.J. Gonzalez dribbles up court against Roosevelt junior Troy Lane during the boys basketball game at Andrean High School Monday, November 19, 2012, in Merrillville, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 21, 2012 6:25AM



MERRILLVILLE — Who knew that the Andrean-Roosevelt traditional boys basketball season opener would not only be a lopsided win for the 59ers, but also a lesson in basketball culinary art.

After Monday night’s matchup, one which didn’t quite fall his Panther’s way, Roosevelt coach Renaldo Thomas mentioned about how “I have to weed out those kids who don’t believe.

“I don’t have anything to prove, but I have to get my players and this program better prepared, Thomas added. “I take full responsiblity for this but I know how to bake a cake, but right now I need a better grade of eggs.”

Judging from last night’s 77-22 Andrean win, 59ers’ coach Carson Cunningham is a master chef.

The ingredients in his fourth straight win over Roosevelt?

Start with a cup of guard Nick Davidson, one of the best players in the state who had produced a game-high 18 points, all of them scored in the first half.

Toss in pinches of big man Skylar Moss, who had 16 points, and a dash of lightning quick D.J. Gonzalez with 13.

It’s a chef’s delight that Wolfgang Puck would envy.

“I would have said you were insane of you would have old me we would win by 55 points tonight,” Davidson said. “We knew they were going to press us and our scheme was to attack on both sides of the ball.”

And attack they did, scoring the first 11 points of the game before taking a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter with Davidson, the Valparaiso University recruit scoring half of those points.

“It’s a learning process and all I can do is show up tomarrow and be enthusiastic,” Thomas said. “That’s my job to show them what’s going on. I can’t go out there and play anymore. I wish I could.”

Three players scored a game high four points for the Panthers including Jaron Lipscomb, Denzel Walls, and Laparis Hodges.



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