Boys basketball: Tyler Wideman leads Lake Central past Crown Point
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org. January 11, 2013 11:40PM
Lake Central's Tyler Wideman is fouled by Crown Point's Braxton Rice while driving to the basket on Friday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 13, 2013 6:12AM
CROWN POINT — Tyler Wideman can ruin a team. Absolutely destroy and demoralize it.
Ask Crown Point. The Bulldogs were a shot or two away from turning the game in their favor against Lake Central, but the big 6-7 center wouldn’t let it happen.
Wideman scored 25 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked six shots in a 60-52 victory for the Indians.
A decisive, determined Wideman essentially carried the team on his shoulders in the third quarter, when he made 7-of-8 from the floor and he scored 16 points.
Most of his points were close to the basket — little jump hooks, a floater in the middle, a put back and a dunk.
But his last bucket in the quarter was a dagger when he stepped back at the top of the key after taking a pass, looked at the man guarding him who was more than happy to give him the shot and then launched a 3-pointer. It was perfect. That came after Wideman scored on four straight possessions after halftime.
“He’s just a great, great player,” Crown Point coach Clint Swan said.
Despite the near perfect play in the third quarter from Wideman, Crown Point was actually in a position to take control of the game.
For the first four minutes of the quarter, each team essentially traded baskets. LC pulled ahead 33-28 with 4:22 left in the quarter on a basket by Wideman.
Crown Point then went on a 9-2 run that ended with a free throw by Tom Bardeson, who finished with 17 points.
Wideman was there with the answer, scoring five straight points and then finishing the quarter with his step-back 3-pointer.
It was a critical stretch for the Bulldogs, who just couldn’t put together enough stops to get the lead back.
Swan knew getting the lead just wasn’t enough for his team.
“I felt like after we got ahead that the next three minutes were going to be really important,” he said.
He was right about part of that. It actually took around two minutes for LC to build an eight-point lead.
Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic was happy with the effort of his team and he was happy with the way they moved the ball offensively in the final two quarters.
“I thought our ball movement was good in the second half,” he said.
He, of course, was happy with the play of Wideman. The Indians were much more successful at getting him the ball after intermission than they were in the first half. Milausnic said it’s not always easy to get the ball to the big guy. There are a lot of hands slapping at the ball when it goes down low.
For Wideman, the win was nice. Crown Point, despite its 4-7 record, is big enough to match up across its lineup with LC. The Indians have now won both of their games against Crown Point.
“It’s always good to get two against a team,” Wideman said. “The DAC is tough.”
The Indians opened up a 7-0 lead when Wideman scored with 5:08 left in the first quarter. Crown Point was frigid from the field, missing its first five shots. The cold shooting was compounded by some bad ball handling — the Bulldogs turned the ball over five times in the first quarter. Every turnover came when the Indians pressed them.
Despite the shaky start, Crown Point was able to keep it close because the Indians struggled from the field, making 5-of-14 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs erupted for 20 points. Trailing 19-13 with 3:45, the Bulldogs went on an 11-4 run before the end of the half. A three-point play the old fashioned way by Bardeson made it 25-24 at the intermission.