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Boys basketball: Lake Central fights off young squad

Updated: January 22, 2013 10:12AM



PORTAGE — Even for a young Portage squad coming off a one-win season, moral victories just aren’t enough anymore.

Again, the Indians hung with a tough DAC opponent in Lake Central, but, again, they were on the losing end of a 55-43 score.

“Going into every game, now, we feel that we’re going to win,” said Portage (4-3, 2-3 DAC) head coach Rick Snodgrass. “One year ago, we were getting beat by 40 points. These kids have come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Portage was red-hot in the first period, hitting eight of their 12 shots — including a sparkling 5-of-7 on 3s. Jordan Simpson led the offense with nine points — all from behind the arc. But thanks in large part to eight points from Tyler Wideman, who finished with a game-high 22, Lake Central (4-4, 3-2 DAC) kept pace and trailed 21-17.

“They made the first five 3s they took; that’s hard to do even with nobody else in the gym,” said LC head coach Dave Milausnic, who returned to the sidelines after serving a one-game suspension for a pair of technical fouls last week. “We switched our defense, but our kids were also more conscious of getting through screens and getting out to them.”

After spotting Portage the opening basket of the second quarter, Lake Central took off. The visiting Indians scored 20 unanswered points and took a 37-23 lead early in the third quarter, even with Wideman on the bench with two fouls for most of that stretch.

“We got some turnovers and that led to some transition baskets,” Milausnic said. “It’s probably the first time that we’ve won a series of minutes with Tyler on the bench.”

Portage trailed by 14 points early in the third before getting within four points of LC in the final period. But the Indians went 0-for-7 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter while trying to complete the comeback.



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