Boys basketball: Indians too much for Devils
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 11:48PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:39AM
LOWELL — Lake Central looked like it could do no wrong against Lowell on Tuesday night at “The Pit.”
It showed on the scoreboard as the Indians romped the host Red Devils 71-42.
The Indians (8-4) jumped out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead thanks to strong defense in the paint (Tyler Wideman’s three swats), a fast-break offense that accounted for more than half the team’s points in the first eight minutes and effective long-range shooting (three 3-pointers).
Lowell (6-8) cut the deficit to 37-24 at halftime but the Indians outscored Lowell 23-9 in the third quarter to put to rest any hopes for a Red Devils second-half comeback.
LC coach Dave Milausnic said his plan was to run and gun from the start.
“We wanted to get it down the floor as quick as we could because we knew they were going to sag in that 2-3 zone,” he said. “We wanted to get the ball and go and get that transition layup.”
Wideman proved to be the most effective part of the run and gun. The 6-foot-7 center had six rebounds, three blocks and three assists in the first quarter alone. He finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
“They wanted to take (Wideman) out of the picture offensively,” Milausnic said of Lowell’s defensive strategy. “So other guys stepped up. Matt Meneghetti (12 points) knocked down four 3s for us, Tyler Ross (6 points) got a bunch of touches for us and Mike Miklusak shot 7-for-9 from the field for us contributing 18 points.”
Cory Dickelman added 10 points and Robert Ryan added six points and three rebounds for the Indians, who won their fifth straight.
The other thing LC struggled with in the first half was defensive rebounds. Lowell had seven offensive rebounds in the first half. The Red Devils only recorded one in the second half.
“We definitely did a better job rebounding and boxing out in the second half,” Milausnic said.
For the game, LC outrebounded Lowell, 40-20.
Zach Van Hook was one of the Red Devils’ offensive bright spots, finishing with a game-high 25 points; he also added nine rebounds. Jayson Savich was the team’s next highest scorer with seven points.