Boys basketball: Hamilton SE puts clamps on Lake Central
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent November 24, 2012 11:18PM
Lake Central's Tye Wiburn (2) celebrates a call as the Royals' Zak Irvin (12) questions it in the second period during Lake Central's game against Hamilton Southeastern in St. John, Ind. Saturday November 24, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 26, 2012 9:50AM
ST. JOHN — Tyler Wideman didn’t have the opportunity to play against Hamilton Southeastern a year ago.
The Lake Central center was suspended for the game after being called for a pair of technical fouls in the Indians’ season-opening win over West Side.
Without Wideman, the Indians ended up losing on the road to the Royals by 15 points.
Wideman appeared motivated for Saturday’s rematch. He made 4 of 6 field goal attempts and scored 12 first-half points to help LC take a 33-32 halftime lead.
“It was the first time I played against that team and I felt pretty good,’’ Wideman said. “I was motivated because I didn’t play last year and I wasn’t able to help my team out.’’
Wideman, though, didn’t get too many touches in the second half — taking only two shots and scoring a mere four points as Hamilton SE coach Brian Satterfield adjusted his team’s post defense, helping the Royals (3-0) to a 73-63 win.
Wideman finished with 16 points and six rebounds, but made 4 of 9 free throw attempts. The Indians made 15 of 26 free throws overall.
“They just weren’t dropping for us for whatever reason,’’ Wideman said. “One of the coaches said I was bringing the ball back too far on my free throws.’’
The Royals’ defensive adjustments, 54.2 percent second-half shooting and free throw accuracy (16 of 19) were the keys for Hamilton SE.
“I thought our guys did a great job in the second half,’’ Satterfield said. “We changed the way we defended the post to help us get out to the shooters more. In the first half, we halfway contested shots, but didn’t do a good job.’’
Satterfield said Hamilton SE tried to limit Wideman’s touches and doubled him in the second half.
The Indians moved the ball real well the first half and looked crisp offensively — making five of 12 shots from behind the arc.
In the final two quarters, though, LC made 3 of 9 treys, shot 38.1 percent and looked sluggish, particularly in the first four minutes of the quarter.
That’s when Hamilton SE went on a 9-0 run and eventually took a 50-38 lead after scoring 18 of the first 23 points in the quarter.
The Indians battled back, scoring the last seven points of the period to make it 50-45 after 24 minutes.
Tye Wilburn, who led LC with 17 points and six assists, made a bucket to tie the game at 54 with 5:14 left, but the Royals scored 19 of the next 28 points to open up a commanding 73-62 lead.
University of Michigan-bound Zak Irvin led Hamilton SE with a game-high 20 points — about 10 below his average. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Royals placed five players in double figures as Ross Risley and Tyler Jenkins each scored 12 points, Paul Furlin added 11, and Eric Davidson 10.
Jenkins made a pair of 3-pointers and later added a driving layup, giving Hamilton SE a 64-57 lead with 1:20 left.
“That (sequence) was big,’’ Satterfield said.
After Wilburn’s basket tied the game at 54, LC managed only one bucket — a putback by Mike Miklusak (12 points) the rest of the way.
“They’re a good team,’’ said LC coach Dave Milausnic, of the Royals. “I like the direction my team is going right now.’’