Boys basketball: Washington Twp. wins Mid-Winter Classic title
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent December 21, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:13AM
UNION MILLS — A huge offensive effort by Brandon Atkins and Luke Lipinski propelled Washington Township to a 69-57 victory over Westville on Friday night in the Mid-Winter Classic title game at South Central.
Atkins was hit 6 of 11 3-pointers and led the Senators with 23. Lipinski had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Shawn Gerron, who was named to the all-tournament team, along with Atkins and Lipinski and Bobby Ross, led all scorers with 24 points. Lipinski was also named the tournament MVP.
“This was a huge win for our program,” Senators coach Scott Bowersock said. “We are trying to get our program to the point where we don’t just hope to win championships, we expect to win championships.”
The game could have been much more one-sided had the Senators hit a few more from the from the free-throw line. They made 11 of 25 but more than made up for it on the boards with 43 total rebounds, including 15 on the offensive glass.
“We practice rebounding hard every day,” said Bowersock. “We teach them to crash the boards hard and our guys buy into it. When we come up with an offensive rebound it is an added offensive possession for us.”
The Satellites built on a 17-12 lead in the first quarter and extended it to a 34-25 halftime advantage, led by Atkins and Lipinski, who both chipped in with 10 first-half points. Lipinski also had seven first-half rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
The Blackhawks were led by Mike Grylewicz with six first-half points.
The Senators opened their largest lead of the game at 61-40 with under 5 minutes left in the game, but the Blackhawks kept trying to claw their way back before falling by 12.
In the consolation game, South Central downed LaCrosse 57-49.