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Boys basketball: Munster tops Lake Central in overtime to avenge last year’s loss

Munster senior Nate Bubash lifts Sectional Championship trophy after Munster defeated Lake Central 43-41 during their 4A Sectional Championship game

Munster senior Nate Bubash lifts the Sectional Championship trophy after Munster defeated Lake Central 43-41 during their 4A Sectional Championship game at West Side High School Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Gary, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 4, 2013 7:01AM



GARY — What ever happened to good, old fashion payback?

Munster all but ruined that scenario this week in the West Side Sectional this week. Three times the Mustangs played teams they had beaten in the regular season. And three times, they didn’t let a little thing like revenge get in the way.

But unlike their previous tournament wins over East Chicago and West Side, Saturday night had more than its share of drama.

The Mustangs overcame a five-point deficit with 5:21 left in the fourth quarter to send the championship game into overtime before picking up a little revenge of their own in a 43-41 win over Lake Central to take stay unbeaten.

“It’s a great feeling to win, especially after last year’s loss,” Munster’s Nate Bubash said, referring to last year’s sectional. “We knew we had to step up and play defense to get back in the game.”

That defense came in handy in the final five minutes with the Indians holding a 31-25 lead. The Mustangs’ defense sparked a 10-4 run to tie the game at 35 at the end of regulation.

“In the fourth quarter they changed their defense and got into our guards and forced some turnovers,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “It was a good effort but we had a few bad bounces down the stretch.”

And some heartbreaking mis-fourtune to end of the game when a Matt Meneghetti 3-point shot missed and then two opportunities from point blank range that would have forced a second overtime also missed as time, and Lake Central’s chance of repeating as sectional champs, ran out.

Munster (25-0) owned the overtime session by hitting all its points (eight) from the free-throw line. Guard Mike Schlotman scored four of those points and finished with a game-high 15.

“That was a crazy game but I’m glad we pulled it out,” Schlotman said. “We work hard all the time so we know we can beat anybody. We had to play aggressive (in the fourth quarter) and try to get some steals and attack the basket. Anything we had to do to get points.”

Drew Hackett tallied 13 for the Mustangs, while Lake Central (15-8) got 10 points from Mike Miklusak.



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