Robinson scores 39 to lead LC
Updated: March 23, 2011 9:30AM
Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic summed up Glenn Robinson III's 39-point performance in the Indians' 78-66 win over East Chicago on Saturday night.
"He looked like the best player in the area;" Milausnic said. "He played that well tonight."
The career-high output from Robinson helped the Indians avenge last year's sectional loss.
"I don't witness a lot of 39-point games, but that was one of the smoothest 39-point games I've ever seen," Milausnic said. "He got a lot of points within our offense, he got a lot of points running the floor and he wasn't forcing his shots."
Said Robinson, who was 14-of-19 from the floor: "We really got going in the first half. It was a big game for us, especially with them beating us in sectionals last year. We wanted to come out and play them hard."
In the first half, EC Central went almost a full period without hitting a field goal, helping the Indians move to an early lead. LC scored 11 unanswered points during that time, and led by as much as 16 in the second quarter.
"Our slow starts are killing us," said Cardinals coach Abe Brown. "We're just real sluggish at the start and we dug ourselves too deep of a hole on the road. We just have to find a way to get off to a better start."
After 16 minutes of play, EC Central had 22 points. Robinson had 21.
But the Indians knew the Cardinals weren't finished.
"We knew they were going to make a run in the second half," Robinson said. "As coach told us at halftime, they're too good of a team to not make a run."
The Cardinals did just that, doubling their first-half output in the third quarter and cutting the Indians' lead to 10. Jerrick Ware sparked the Cardinals' offense with 11 points in the period. After three, Lake Central led 54-44.
EC Central got no closer than six points to the Indians, who put the game away by hitting 16 of their 19 free-throw attempts in the second half.
Two moments in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for Lake Central. First, Ware fouled out at the 2:12 mark, finishing with a team-high 24 poitns. Then with 40 seconds left, LC's Taylor Lehnert converted on a three-point play to move the Indians ahead 74-64, putting the game out of reach.