Boys basketball: Lake Central pulls away after sluggish start to beat LaPorte
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent February 22, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:16AM
ST. JOHN — It can be easy to look past the regular season finale to the postseason, and that seemd to be the case for Lake Central and LaPorte on Friday. But the Indians settled down in the second half for a 59-36 win over their Duneland Conference rival.
“You never know what to expect in game 20,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “Our focus this week has been more to the sectionals as was LaPorte’s, and I believe it showed in the way we played. We made some mistakes in the first half but settled down on defense and seemed to be just a step quicker.”
Lake Central grabbed the lead for good early on an 8-0 run to start the game. Tyler Wideman, Tye Wilburn and Mike Miklusak combined for 12 of Lake Central’s 16 points in the first quarter. The Indians led 16-11 after one.
LaPorte stayed close, but could not take the lead. The Indians headed into the locker room with a 27-20 lead.
The second half belonged to Lake Central as the Indians dominated offensively and defensively, pressuring LaPorte to commit some costly turnovers.
Lake Central outscored the Slicers 32-16 in the second half on 11 of 19 shooting for 58 percent.
Scoring was balanced for the Indians with Wilburn scoring 10 points, Wideman and Joe Bannister adding nine each, and Robert Ryan chipping in with eight.
LaPorte was led in the loss by Mitch Mrozinski and Josh Fleming with 12 points each. Playing without two starters and a key player off the bench played a role in the defeat.
“We have three kids that did not play due to disciplinary reasons, and that is not an excuse,” LaPorte coach Tom Wells said. “The guys behind them have to be ready to play and I don’t believe they were ready to play tonight.”