Boys basketball: Lake Central catches fire, beats Crown PointLake Central's Glenn Robinson looks to the basket in the third quarter against Crown Point's Braxton Rice and Tom Bardeson Friday night at Crown Point High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 9, 2011 11:52PM
CROWN POINT — It took a little while to get going, but Lake Central eventually pulled away from Crown Point.
The Indians topped the Bulldogs 62-48 on Friday night, breaking open the game with a 23-12 second quarter after the score was tied at 6-6 after the first.
“Even when it was 6-6, we played with pretty good effort,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “We just had some opportunities that we didn’t make. It’s at Crown Point, it’s a border game, we knew they were going to come at us.”
Lake Central (3-1, 2-0 Duneland Conference) went 2 of 13 from the field in the first quarter. The Indians then went 7 of 16 in the second, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range. They also made all six of their free throws.
Glenn Robinson III and Mike Miklusak each scored seven points in the second, with Miklusak coming off the bench to put up all of his points in the game in that quarter. Robinson had a game-high 21 points.
“Braxton (Rice) did a nice job guarding the guy who should be Mr. Basketball,” Crown Point coach Clint Swan said, referring to Robinson. “That’s a tall order.”
Tom Bardeson led the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-1) with 20 points, and Tyler Wideman added 11 for the Indians
Lake Central held a 29-18 advantage at halftime, having led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter.
The Indians opened up as much as a 20-point lead in the middle stages of the third quarter, before the Bulldogs drew to as close as 55-44 with 3:30 left in the game.
“I was very proud of our effort,” Swan said. “That was a really good team we played tonight. Their depth and their scoring ability, particularly on the inside, was an issue for us.
“I felt like they killed us on the boards.”
Indeed, Lake Central outrebounded Crown Point 33-23, with Wideman grabbing nine rebounds and Robinson adding six.
The Bulldogs also committed 19 turnovers.
“I think it’s a byproduct of having a young team,” Swan said. “We’re still trying to find ourselves.”