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Boys basketball: ‘Fight is back’ for Cougars, but LC still wins

Updated: December 24, 2012 7:22AM



GARY — If there is a man in the high school coaching fraternity who can tell you a thing or two about patience, it’s West Side coach Murray Richards, who was an assistant with the girls and boys basketball teams for 27 years before finally getting his head coaching varsity chance at his alma mater.

This patience came in handy in his first game as head coach Wednesday night against Lake Central: It was delayed because the junior varsity game went overtime.

The Cougars didn’t pick up their first points of the game until seven minutes were gone in the first quarter. They didn’t get their first field goal until about 15 seconds later and their first lead until near the end of the third quarter.

But Lake Central, which might have to do the job thing as well searching for offensive chemistry with the graduation of Glenn Robinson III, used a 10-point fourth quarter run to pull off a 42-36 win in the season opener for both teams.

“West Side played hard tonight; we scraped we weren’t very good tonight,” said Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic. “And West Side was 99 percent of the reason why.”

The Indians were good enough in the fourth quarter to earn the victory after trailing 31-27 early in the period. That’s when two veterans of last year’s sectional champs, Tyler Wideman (five points during the run) and Mike Miklusak (four points) turned the deficit into a 37-31 lead with 1:30 left in a game that wasn’t exactly an offensive showcase.

“We didn’t show enough chemistry tonight,” Milausnic said. “We need more assists (they only had seven for the game), but we did slow down in the fourth quarter. When you play with balance you actually produce a little bit more.”

Production was a struggle for both teams with the Indians shooting 38 percent from the floor while holding the Cougars to 25 percent. Not like that curbed Richards enthusiasm about his team after the game.

“The fight is back, the pride is getting back to where I want it,” he said. “These kids didn’t give up. The shots didn’t fall but (I want them to) keep playing hard and playing defense. I don’t think they (Lake Central) want to see us again.”

Wideman had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Indians, while Miklusak added 12. Darius Bates had a team high seven points for the Cougars, while Arnold Wilson and Jere Glover had six each. Wilson added 10 rebounds.



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