Boys basketball: Lake Central turns up defense, cruises past Michigan City
BY Veryl Wilcox Post-Tribune correspondent February 15, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:48PM
Michigan City — Lake Central and Michigan City were both coming off an eight-day break Friday, and it showed early in the Indians’ 56-26 victory.
At the end of the first quarter both teams were a combined 7-for-26 from the floor.
In the second quarter things began to click for Lake Central, as the Indians went on a 9-3 run.
“Our legs were fresh after the week-long break,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “We have been working to improve on the defensive side of the ball and tonight it showed.”
After halftime the defensive pressure continued for Lake Central, causing Michigan City to turn the ball over on its first three possessions. Lake Central took advantage and went on an 8-0 run.
Lake Central held Michigan City to seven field goals in the game.
“Luckily we have a game tomorrow,” Michigan City coach John Boyd said. “When games like this happen you have to forget about it and move on. I have no doubts our boys will be able to do that.”
Tyler Wideman, a junior for Lake Central, had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“Wideman is the best big man in our conference,” Boyd said. “Knowing that, we have to do a better job of double-teaming him when he gets the ball. But while playing from behind, it is hard to do that.”
The leading scorer for Michigan City was Ryan Taylor with 11 points.
“The first time we played Michigan City we only won by one,” Milausnic said. “So I have to credit my team for being focused and we were able to execute our game plan.”
This was Anthony Simmons’ first game back from an injury for Michigan City.
“Simmons is the second leading scorer on our team and I told the team he would see limited minutes,” Boyd said. “Unfortunately no one stepped up for us and the score shows that.”