Boys basketball: Andrean survives Northwest’s offensive outburst
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 22, 2012 9:40PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:51AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Andrean survived what coach Carson Cunningham described as an “Indianapolis rain storm of 3s” on Saturday to keep its unbeaten record in tact.
The Class 3A No. 2 59ers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Indianapolis Northwest 77-74 in the IPSAC vs. Midwest Boys Basketball Showcase at John Marshall High School in Indianapolis.
“Our guys really had a fighting spirit and were really competitive,” Cunningham said. “They accepted the challenge at halftime and tightened up some of the leaky holes on defense, and then we hit some really big shots.”
Northwest (3-3) hit six 3-pointers in the second quarter, scoring 31 points and taking a 43-34 halftime lead.
“We just didn’t close out well, we didn’t rotate well and they hit some amazing shots,” Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said. “Every guy seemed to be hitting. You have to give them credit, too.”
The Space Pioneers scored 11 points in a span of 52 seconds in the second quarter on the strength of three 3-pointers, but only made one shot beyond the arc in the second half.
“We definitely needed to stop their dribble drive,” said Andrean senior Sam Toporski. “Without that they couldn’t do much. Their 3-point shooting was huge, We needed to stop that and they didn’t hit many 3s in the second half which was huge for us.”
Northwest opened up a 12-point lead early in the second half, but Andrean immediately answered with a 12-2 run.
The 59ers (7-0) tied the game at 57 after three consecutive possessions with a made 3-pointer, two from Toporski and one from Collin Wojcik.
Toporski’s third 3-pointer in the fourth quarter put Andrean up 74-72, after Northwest took a 72-71 lead on Harris Brown’s transition layup.
Brown tied the game at 74 with a drive to the basket, but Andrean went up for good with Skyler Moss’ drive with 55 seconds left. Nick Davidson added a free throw with 19 seconds left and Northwest missed three potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds.
Davidson finished with 22 points and was named the game’s MVP, while Moss added 19, Toporski 14 and Wojcik had 10.
“We made the extra pass and hit some big baseline threes,” Cunningham said. “... We just got a rhythm finally.”
The game was also a coaching matchup of former Purdue teammates, as Barnes final year at Purdue was the season Cunningham sat out redshirting after transferring from Oregon State.
Justin Parker led Northwest with 19 points while Tyler Alexander added 18.