Boys basketball: West Side holds off 21st Century in Gary opener
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent December 27, 2012 11:22PM
West Side's Kijuan Tipton reaches for a rebound over the grip of 21st Century's Dantrell Hurt during their first-round game in the Gary Holiday Tournament Thursday Dec. 27, 2012. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:42AM
GARY — The first game of the boys Gary Holiday Tournament was a fast-paced affair that featured a double-digit comeback.
Exciting? No doubt. There was only one thing wrong with the West Side-21st Century matchup. It was in the wrong holiday season.
In a game more suited for Father’s Day than the Christmas season, West Side beat 21st Century 62-55 the move on the semifinals. The Cougars, down by as many as 10 in the third quarter, came back thanks to the outside shooting of guard Jare Glover, whose father, Rene “Buster” Glover, played for Lew Wallace back in the day.
Jare Glover’s outside shooting range is well beyond the 3-point line (like father, like son), and that helped West Side (4-3) complete its comeback as Glover had 14 points in the third quarter, including four 3-pointers.
“He’s just coming off a game we played in Indianapolis (against Shortridge) where he hit seven, including six in a row,” said West Side coach Murray Richards. “It was important that he got off to a good start today because he’ll get down on himself sometimes. I tell him to keep shooting. If the coach says keep shooting, keep shooting.”
Another son of a blast-from-the-past helped 21st Century (4-4) take a 27-20 halftime lead. Guard David German came off the bench to contribute a game-high 18 points, including nine in the first quarter. His dad (of the same name) played for Horace Mann in the early 1980s.
But what hurt 21st Century, winners of three of their last four before Thursday, was not finishing what they started.
“We changed our defense in the second half but (Glover) kept getting open and hit all those 3-pointers,” said 21st Century coach Rodney Williams. “We just didn’t close out very well.”
Arnold Wilson had 11 points for West Side while Denzell Casson added 10. Mykel Mayes had 17 for 21st Century while Louis Brown added 10.