Boys basketball: Lake Central more confident after win over Crown Point
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or email@example.com December 7, 2012 11:34PM
Lake Central's Tyler Wideman makes a layup over Crown Point's Braxton Rice in the third quarter of play during their game held at Lake Central High School on Friday December 7, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:12AM
ST. JOHN — A 21-point victory against a pretty good conference foe can do wonders for a team’s spirit.
Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic knows the feeling. Milausnic was happy this time after the Indians dropped Crown Point 65-44 Friday in the second game of their Duneland Athletic Conference schedule.
Ball movement was better on offense, defense was sharp and perhaps most importantly, Tyler Wideman, the Indians’ big guy inside, played most of the game without foul trouble.
Last week, a five-point win over Valparaiso was a struggle for LC at home. All of the above were problematic. Then, Milausnic wasn’t so happy.
“I was pleased,” Milausnic said.
The two biggest reasons for happiness revolve around the play of Wideman, who finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist and the all around depth that the Indians can bring, particularly on defense.
They forced 27 Bulldogs turnovers.
Wideman was happy that he actually got to play pretty much the whole second half. He was pulled with about six minutes left in the second quarter after he picked up his second foul but that was it for him until he picked one up at the end of the game.
Offensively, Wideman has two goals in mind. Pick his spots when he drives to the basket and shoot selectively. He actually knocked one down from 3-point range in the first half.
“I just have to be a little bit more cautious,” he said.
The upside for the Indians is they will get better. They are far from a finished product and Milausnic is aware of this.
Lake Central got ahead quickly.
The Indians opened a nine-point lead with 2:07 left in the first quarter after Mike Miklusak hit a 3-pointer from the corner. That score forced Crown Point coach Clint Swan to call a timeout. The Bulldogs’ biggest problem was that Bret Barclay, their 6-6 forward and Nick Jeffirs, another 6-5 inside player, both picked up two early fouls. Jeffirs, who was charged with guarding Wideman, picked up his second foul just 24 seconds into the game.
Crown Point was able to scratch its way back into the contest in the second quarter after scoring the first six points. Trailing 20-19 with 6:18 left, Alex Nickla had a chance to give CP the lead at the free-throw line but he missed both shots.
That spurred an 8-0 run by the Indians, who took a 28-19 lead with 2:01 left on another 3-pointer by Miklusak.
The second half was a series of runs — LC jumped ahead by 15 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs were able to drop the lead to eight several times in the fourth quarter before the Indians pulled away.
Swan said he was happy with the effort.
The execution, however, is another story.
“We have a long way to go,” he said.