Boys basketball: Michigan City pulls out road win against Crown Point
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org December 14, 2012 11:20PM
Michigan City's Anthony Simmins drives to the basket guarded by Crown Point's Nick Jeffirs on Friday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 16, 2013 6:11AM
CROWN POINT — Billy Joel’s “Pressure” blared over the public address system around the free-throw attempts.
After a Crown Point timeout with 28.2 seconds left, Michigan City’s Lacy Johnson took a deep breath and missed short on the first free throw. After another Bulldogs timeout, Johnson made the second, what proved to be the decisive point in the Wolves’ 46-45 boys basketball win on Friday night.
“We kept grinding. … We were able to get to the free-throw line when it counted, and we made one of them,” Michigan City coach John Boyd said. “I told them at the beginning of the year it would come down to free throws. That’s what it boiled down to. … We basically are holding it together. It’s a work in progress.”
After Johnson’s free throw, coming after a Crown Point turnover, the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-3 Duneland Conference) still had a chance to win the game. After they called a timeout with 9.8 seconds left, Josh Berquist’s 3-pointer from the left corner with two seconds left was partially blocked for the Wolves (3-3, 2-2) by A’Seante Clark, who also had a team-high 14 points. Boyd said they wanted to prevent Tom Bardeson — who had a game-high 21 points, including 11-of-12 from the foul line — from taking the last shot.
“We executed it really well,” Crown Point coach Clint Swan said. “We got the ball right where we wanted it. Tommy read the play and kicked it out, and they just closed out really well.”
The Bulldogs shot 3-of-24 from the field in the second half, including 1-of-12 in the third, missing all six of their 3-pointers in that quarter.
“We just got into their shirts,” Boyd said.
Zach Plesac and Bardeson had hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Crown Point a 42-37 lead with 5:05 left in the game. But Michigan City answered with Lucas Daurer and Clark hitting back-to-back 3s to give the Wolves a 43-42 lead with 3:39 left.
Crown Point led 13-10 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs had led 13-6 after they went on an 11-0 run, with Bardeson scoring nine points during the stretch and 11 in less than the first six minutes of the quarter.
Crown Point took a 26-24 edge into halftime, after having led by as much as 23-15 in the second quarter, before the Wolves, who tied the score at 33-33 heading into the fourth, pulled out the game down the stretch.
“We didn’t want to allow them to get up and down the court, and we did a good job of not allowing them to get a lot of run-out opportunities,” Swan said. “But we have to be more opportunistic, and take better care of the basketball.”