hold off determined Red Devils for 46-42 win in regular season finale
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by the USA-365.com team
LOWELL (11-11, 3-2 NCC)
CROWN POINT (13-8, 4-3 DAC)
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Nonconference
CROWN POINT, Ind.
Lowell's senior 6'7" Adam Edwards (43) wins the
opening tip with Crown Point's senior 6'3" Sam Snodgrass. Edwards
scored 9 points and had three rebounds for the Red Devils in the
regular season finale won by CP, 46-42. (Photos by Dave Woodworth)
CP's Sam Snodgrass (24) launches a '3' from behind
the arc in first quarter action against the Red Devils. Snodgrass
hit one from long range early, but got into foul trouble early and
only had 8:04 minutes of playing time. CP led 17-13 after one
Lowell's football quarterback Ethan Igras (34)
shoots a jump shot over the outstretched hand of the Bulldogs' Elias
Gerodemos in first quarter action at Crown Point High School,
Tyler Smith (12) came off the bench and provided
some energy with a couple of assists. Here, the 6-foot Smith's
attempt to drive the lane is thwarted by Lowell's 6'4" Dustin Hudak
(3) and 6'1"Brandon Chocholek (32).
Friday night was senior night as senior players
and cheerleaders were honored, along with their parents for their
contributions in making for a successful season. Here, San Decker is
congratulated by varsity head coach Clint Swan, along with his
parents, Mr. & Mrs. Adam Decker.
The Crown Point student section and cheerleaders
display their school spirit during the Bulldogs' regular season
finale against the Lowell Red Devils on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at
Crown Point High School.
The Crown Point Bulldogs held senior night as part of the
regular season finale against the Lowell Red Devils at Crown Point High School
on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Each senior had a photo spread displayed in the
concourse outside of the gym. For guard/forward Elias Gerodemos, he wanted to
use senior night to pay tribute to his uncle Harry Zairis, who passed away in
June of 2018. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
The Munster Mustangs (18-4) are the favorites
going into the Class 4A Sectional 1 tournament, which runs Feb.
26-Mar. 2 at CPHS. If the Bulldogs can get past Morton Wednesday,
they could face Munster Friday night in the semifinals. Lowell drew
a first round bye and would face the winner of East Chicago-Highland
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Dustin Hudak 7-0-16, Christopher Mantis 6-3-17, Adam Edwards 4-1-9. TOTALS 17, (4-5) 42.
CROWN POINT (46) Matt Hanlon 1-0-3, Ty Smith 0-1-1, Chris
Karakozis 0-0-0, Sam Snodgrass 1-0-3, Tyler Jeeninga 0-0-0, Sam Krutz 1-3-6, Elias Gerodemos
6-2-18, Sam Decker 6-1-15. TOTALS 15, (7-14) 46.
FREE THROWS: LOWELL (4 of 5, 80.0%); Christopher Mantis 6-3-17,
Adam Edwards 4-1-9.
CROWN POINT (7 of 14, 50%); Ty Smith 1-3, Sam Krutz 3-4, Elias Gerodemos 2-3,
Sam Decker 1-4.
3-GOALS: LOWELL (4 of 13, 30.8%); Dustin Hudak 2-4, Christopher
Mantis 2-5. CROWN POINT (9 of 24, 37.5%); Matt Hanlon 1-4, Ty Smith 0-2, Sam Snodgrass
Tyler Jeeninga 0-1, Sam Krutz 1-1, Elias Gerodemos 4-7, Sam Decker 2-4.
TURNOVERS: LOWELL-10; CROWN POINT-9.
FOULED OUT: None.
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It became a victory that the Crown Point Bulldogs had to earn to close out the
In the end, they accomplished the feat against the Lowell Red Devils in a highly
competitive 46-42 win at Crown Point High School on Friday, Feb. 22.
Even though the Bulldogs hit less than 36 percent from the field, while the Red
Devils connected on nearly 46 percent of their shots, rebounding became key to
the game's outcome.
Mainly, the offensive rebounds, in which Crown Point muscled 14 of their 28
total boards, and produced a 14-9 point margin in second chance points over the
“We did a good job keeping them off the glass. We didn’t shoot well, but we
made-up with our offensive rebounding,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Clint Swan.
The win also came on senior night as the Bulldogs paid tribute to its seven
Crown Point was led by two of its senior starters; guard/forward Elias Gerodemos
had 18 points while forward Sam Decker contributed with 15 points. Both
Gerodemos and Decker combined for six of their team’s nine total three pointers.
Clearly the advantage of a strong senior class proved vital for Crown Point.
“Last year, we had trouble closing out games, but having the experience helps,”
Decker said, who also saw offensive rebounding as crucial. “One of the keys was
crashing the boards, it allowed us in getting those extra possessions.
That is what helped us.”
The Bulldogs now look ahead to the Class 4A, Sectional 1 tournament which they
will host at Crown Point High School on Wednesday night when they meet the
Morton Governors in a first round match-up.
In addition, the Red Devils also will take part in the same tournament, for they
get a bye to the semi-final and will play the winner of the East Chicago Central
Cardinals and Highland Trojans first round game, slated for the Tuesday night.
Lowell will begin their portion of the tournament Friday, March 1.
For the Bulldogs, it became a night of reflection and celebration in paying
tribute to the seniors.
“It’s been amazing, us seniors have been playing together since about fourth
grade,” Gerodemos said, who strongly credits his parents Chris and Maria for
their full support. “My parents have paved the way for me to be successful. I
don’t know what I would do without them.”
For Gerodemos, senior night had special meaning. Before the start of the season,
he dedicated it to his uncle, Harry Zairis. Zairis passed away suddenly in June
of 2018. Gerodemos had a close relationship with his uncle and thinks about him
The win against Lowell marks the 15th game this season that Crown Point has
played in a game decided by single digits. They are 8-7 in those contests.
The Bulldogs will host the Class 4A, Sectional 1 tournament at Crown Point High
School, in which they will play the Morton Governors in a first round match-up
on Wednesday night. The last time Crown Point hosted a sectional was 2016 in
which they won the Class 4A, Sectional 2 title. In addition, the Bulldogs also
claim sectional titles in their home gym in 1966 and 1969.
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Crown Point Bulldogs’ broadcast on USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com will be on
Wednesday, Feb. 27 when the Bulldogs face the Hammond Morton Governors in the
first round of ther IHSAA Class 4A Sectional 1 tournament hosted by Crown Point
High School. This game will follow the Munster (18-4) vs. Lake Central (10-12)
quarterfinal at 6 p.m. The CP-Morton game scheduled for 7:30 pm may start a bit
later than the announced time. The pregame show begins at 7:15 p.m. (CST).