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Boys basketball: Hanover uses size to blow out Hebron

Updated: January 2, 2013 6:13AM



CEDAR LAKE — New coach Bryon Clouse wasn’t quite sure what kind of player he had in senior Dan Kubiak when Clouse arrived at Hanover Central.

“I heard he was soft and that I would be too hard on him,” Clouse said. “But all he does is defend hard, rebound six or seven a game, and he’s a really good shooter. I can’t get him off the floor and I don’t want to get him off the floor.”

Kubiak lived up to Clouse’s expectations, scoring 18 points with four 3-pointers and grabbing six rebounds as the Wildcats defeated Hebron 60-30.

Hanover Central jumped out to an 11-7 first-quarter lead despite turning the ball over eight times. But the Wildcats’ advantage on the boards provided many more opportunities. Hebron didn’t field a starter over 6-feet and it showed as the Wildcats outrebounded the Hawks 10-3 in the quarter and 35-18 for the game.

“With homecoming and the big crowd, we were going a little too fast to start with,” Clouse said. “After we calmed down, we started playing our game.”

It showed, as Hanover Central held Hebron to four points in the quarter. The Hawks went scoreless for the first 5:20 of the quarter until Bryce Hanaway finally connected on a free throw. Meanwhile, the Wildcats’ Max Johnson scored all 15 of his points in the first half.

“Johnson had 15 through three quarters and then nothing else the other night, too,” said Clouse. “We have to get a full four quarters out of him.”

Hebron (1-3) got 14 points from its 5-7 point guard Hanaway and a dozen rebounds from its 5-11 center Ryan Patz.

“We’re replacing a lot of guys and we’re still trying to figure things out,” Hebron coach John Steinhilber said. “I thought we made a couple of runs in the second half.”



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