Bulldogs hold off determined Red Devils for 46-42 win in regular season finale

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02-23-2019

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
LOWELL (11-11, 3-2 NCC) 13 6 12 11 42
CROWN POINT (13-8, 4-3 DAC) 17 7 12 10 46

Friday, February 22, 2019 - Nonconference game at 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 quarter.
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, 02-22-2019.
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 Friday, Mar.1.
 

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LOWELL (42) 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 1-6, 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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CROWN POINT (02-22-2019) It became a victory that the Crown Point Bulldogs had to earn to close out the regular season.

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 Red Devils.

“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 senior players.

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 each day.

DOG NOTES: 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.

USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: The next scheduled 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).
CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 1 COLORS: RED, WHITE MAP TO SCHOOL 13-8
TOURNAMENT HISTORY GYM: 3800
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Clint Swan, 182-119 in 13th year at school, 320-191 in 22nd year overall
Nov. 21 at Bowman Academy 2A W 49 44    
Dec. 1 at Penn 4A L 51 71    
Dec. 4   East Chicago Central 4A W 54 47    
Dec. 14 at Munster 4A W 55 51 OT  
Dec. 15   Warsaw 4A W 48 41    
Dec. 20 at Kankakee Valley 4A W 68 59 OT  
Dec. 27 N New Albany 4A L 59 61   tournament
Dec. 27 N Chesterton 4A L 53 55   tournament
Dec. 28 N Northridge 4A L 52 54   tournament
Jan. 4   Michigan City 4A © W 70 46    
Jan. 11 at Merrillville 4A © W 47 45    
Jan. 12   Griffith 3A L 56 59 OT  
Jan. 18 at Chesterton 4A © L 49 55    
Jan. 25   LaPorte 4A © W 67 48    
Jan. 26 at South Bend Washington 3A W 71 53    
Feb. 5 at Andrean 2A W 57 45    
Feb. 8   Valparaiso 4A © L 46 48    
Feb. 14 at Portage 4A © W 55 53    
Feb. 15 at Lake Central 4A © L 42 51    
Feb. 16 at McCutcheon 4A     ccd.
Feb. 19   Hammond Morton 4A W 66 36    
Feb. 22   Lowell 4A W 46 42    
Feb. 27   Hammond Morton 4A 7:30 pm   sectional
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CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 1 COLORS: RED, BLACK MAP TO SCHOOL 11-12
TOURNAMENT HISTORY GYM: 2700
LOWELL
RED DEVILS
Coach: Joe Delgado, 67-55 in 5th year at school, 162-161 in 14th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 55.3, DA 57.1
Nov. 21   Hanover Central 3A W 57 47    
Nov. 29   Hammond Gavit 3A W 66 49    
Dec. 1 at Chesterton 4A L 29 54    
Dec. 4   Hebron 2A W 61 40    
Dec. 7   Valparaiso 4A L 64 77    
Dec. 11   Portage 4A L 57 69    
Dec. 14 at Hobart 4A © W 56 49    
Dec. 18   LaPorte 4A W 61 57    
Dec. 28 at Huntington North 4A L 28 66   tournament
Dec. 28 N Merrillville 4A L 64 73   tournament
Dec. 29 N New Haven 3A L 55 82   tournament
Jan. 5 at Highland 4A © W 56 34    
Jan. 8 at Gary West 3A L 44 57    
Jan. 15 at Lake Central 4A L 67 72 OT  
Jan. 25 at Munster 4A © L 45 59    
Jan. 28   Merrillville 4A W 45 34    
Feb. 5 at Morgan Twp. 1A W 87 72    
Feb. 7 at East Chicago Central 4A L 45 64    
Feb. 9   Andrean 2A © L 42 54    
Feb. 13   Hammond Morton 4A W 71 52    
Feb. 15   Kankakee Valley 4A © W 67 57    
Feb. 19 at Rensselaer Central 3A W 63 50    
Feb. 22 at Crown Point 4A L 42 46    
Mar. 1 N Winner Game 1 6:00 pm   sectional
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