Boys basketball: Portage starts fast, cruises past Hobart
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent December 4, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: January 6, 2013 9:52AM
HOBART — In the first quarter, Portage’s offense racked up points at a breakneck pace. For the rest of the game, it slowed down considerably, but had built enough of a lead to seal a 52-35 victory over Hobart (0-3).
“From last Friday night’s big win over Michigan City, we came into tonight saying that we had to have intensity to start the game,” said Portage (3-0) head coach Rick Snodgrass. “That was a huge key for us.”
Snodgrass implemented a full court press on defense to help jumpstart his squad, but it was on offense where the Indians were nearly unstoppable. They hit five 3s in the first quarter — three by Jordan Simpson. Overall, Portage made 11 of 14 shots in the first. Sophomore guard Jordan Collazo was the chief distributor of the basketball, racking up six assists in the period, which ended with Portage ahead 27-8.
“You have to give Portage a lot of credit because they were ready to play from the start,” Hobart coach Mike Black said. “They played a lot harder than we did. We just weren’t ready to go, and I’ll take the blame for that. We were sleepwalking for eight minutes.”
Hobart inched back in the next two periods, outscoring the visiting Indians 10-6 in the second and 7-6 in the third. Still, the Brickies did not get within 12 points of the Indians in the second half. In the final period, Simpson scored eight straight points — finishing with a game-high 20 — to put the Brickies away for good.
“We opened well and we closed well, but we did have a bit of a lull in the second and third periods,” said Snodgrass. “Sometimes it’s hard to maintain that intensity when you get a big lead. But, believe me, we’re not disappointed. We won this game and we’re 3-0, but there’s a lot we’ll learn from this one.”