Basketball: Blazers boys, Eagles girls net GSSC tourney wins
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 9:50PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:40AM
LAKE STATION — Both schools left the gymnasium looking forward to the second round of the Greater South Shore Tournament as Lake Station’s girls team dominated Marquette 42-29 in the first game, and the boys from Marquette battled hard for a 69-63 win over Lake Station.
In the girls game, Marquette maintained the lead through the first half, but Lake Station came out and grabbed the lead early in the third quarter and never looked back.
Lake Station’s success came primarily from junior Joanna Dwyer, who led all scorers with 26 points on the night. Dwyer’s scoring and defensive pressure was enough to give the Eagles the win.
Lake Station’s boys (6-7) came out aggressive in the first quarter, led by Dwayne Haden and Elias Williams and led by as much as 10 points, but Marquette answered back, cutting the lead to 21-16 at the end of the quarter.
Marquette took the lead early in the second quarter for good on the strong play from guard Nathan Flores and big man Jasmin Bieberovic. The duo accounted for 13 of Marquette’s 18 points to take a 34-32 lead into the locker room.
Marquette maintained the lead, but not without a fight as Lake Station battled throughout the game, making several runs.
“I am proud of our guys, they gave us 32 minutes of basketball and played extremely well,” Lake Station coach Robert Burke said. “We got in some foul trouble and battled through some injuries — I am very proud of my team tonight.”
Said Marquette coach Donovan Garletts: “Hats off to Lake Station, they are a very improved team playing as physical of a game as we have seen all season long, our kids battled through some off shooting early in the game but settled down and worked to getting the win.”
Scoring for both teams was balanced with several players in double figures.
Marquette was led by Ryan Fazekas’ 17 points and Braxton Miller with 14 points.
Lake Station was led by Brian Patterson and Haden with 17 points each.