Bulldogs open Sectional Tournament with 51-35 win over Morton

A USA-365.com Special Report  by the USA-365.com team
03-01-2019

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
CROWN POINT (14-8) 12 16 16 7 51
MORTON (5-19) 8 8 9 10 35

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 1 Quarterfinal at CROWN POINT, Ind.

Two cheerleaders from Hammond Morton stand tall as the starting lineup for the Governors are announced prior to the Crown Point-Morton Sectional Quarterfinal 02-27-2019. (Photos by Dave Woodworth)
Morton's Ahmad Ferguson (24) shakes hands with Crown Point coach Clint Swan during the announcing of the Morton Governor's starting lineup, as members of the Bulldogs prepare for the opening tip.
The Bulldogs' 6-foot-3 senior guard Sam Snodgrass out-jumps Morton's 6-foot-3 Marcus Hardy to control the opening tip-off to the Sectional 1 Quarterfinal game at Crown Point High School. Sam Decker (35) awaits the tip of the ball to the backcourt.
A flurry of action under the basket as the Bulldogs' Sam Snodgrass (24), San Decker (35) and Sam Krutz (30) position themselves for a rebound against Morton's Marcus Hardy (2), Erion Brinson (1), and John Lytle (32) in first quarter action.
CP's Sam Snodgrass (24) keeps a wary eye on the Governors' point guard Miguel Burns (10), who is looking to set up a play.
The Bulldogs' Sam Decker moves outside to cover Morton's 6-foot-2 senior forward Brian Dumas in early sectional quarterfinal action at Crown Point High School, 02-27-2019.
CP's Sam Krutz (30) lets loose a high-arcing freethrow that leaves the frame of this photo. Krutz hit two of three from the line, but the Bulldogs struggled as a team, hitting only 8 of 17 freethrows (47.1%) for the game.
Crown Point Bulldogs' junior guard Dylan Matusak lifts a free-throw in the final minutes before his team's Indiana High School Athletic Association's Class 4A, Sectional 1 opening round 51-35 victory against the Morton Governors at Crown Point High School on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
 

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CROWN POINT (51) Matt Hanlon 2-0-6, Ty Smith 0-0-0, Dylan Matusak 0-0-0, Chris Karakozis 0-0-0, Sam Snodgrass 2-2-7, Tyler Jeeninga 0-1-1, Sam Krutz 3-2-8, Elias Gerodemos 8-2-22, Sam Decker 3-1-7. TOTALS 18, (8-17) 51.

MORTON (35) Marcus Hardy 2-0-4, Tariq Silas 0-0-0, Miguel Burns 3-2-8, Jonathan Hymes 1-0-2, Darrien Pikes 2-0-4, Brian Dumas 4-0-8, Patrick Driver 0-0-0, Jordan Pinkins 0-0-0, Kashon Prather 3-0-6, Ahmad Ferguson 0-1-1, Jalen Tinoco 0-0-0, John Lytle 1-0-2. TOTALS 16, (3-12) 35.
 

FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (8 of 17, 47.1%); Matt Hanlon 0-1, Dylan Matusak 0-1, Sam Snodgrass 2-4, Tyler Jeeninga 1-2, Sam Krutz 2-3, Elias Gerodemos 2-2, Sam Decker 1-4; MORTON (3 of 12, 25.0%); Miguel Burns 2-10, Ahmad Ferguson 1-2.

3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (7 of 11, 63.6%); Matt Hanlon 2-2, Sam Snodgrass 1-3, Elias Gerodemos 4-6. MORTON (0 of 6, 0.0%).

TURNOVERS: CROWN POINT - 18; MORTON - 10.

FOULED OUT: CROWN POINT - None; MORTON (2) Marcus Hardy w/ 2:18 min left 4th Qtr, Kashon Prather with 59.2 sec. left 4th Qtr.
 

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CROWN POINT (02-27-2019) Taking advantage of their home court to open the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Class 4A, Sectional 1 tournament, the Crown Point Bulldogs would pick-up the tempo in their opening round match-up.

Facing the Morton Governors for the second time in eight nights, Crown Point led by four points after the opening quarter but took complete control en route to a 51-38 victory on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Crown Point High School.

The Bulldogs improve to 14-8, while the Governors under first-year Head Coach Chad Pio, end their season at 5-19.

Previously, Crown Point picked-up a 66-36 home win over Morton on Feb. 19 in the second to last game of the regular season for both teams.

Led by senior guard/forward Elias Gerodemos’s 22 points, the Bulldogs hit nearly 64 percent of their three pointers in this postseason meeting. Gerodemos connected on four of six from beyond the arc.

In all, it became a team effort in rebounding as the Bulldogs had 32 total team boards to just 22 for the Governors.

The Governors did not help their cause shooting 37 percent from the field, including not hitting a three-point shot on six attempts. They also connected on only three of 12 from the free-throw line, good for only 25 percent.

“We were sloppy at times,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Clint Swan said. “Morton played with a lot of pride, but we did the things that we needed to do to get this win. It’s good to get the first game in this tournament behind us.”

Awaiting the Bulldogs in the sectional semifinal, the Munster Mustangs.

Munster defeated the Lake Central Indians 57-44, before tip-off between Crown Point and Morton.

These two teams played on Dec. 14 at Munster High School, won by the Bulldogs 55-51 in overtime.

Crown Point and Munster will gather for their sectional semifinal contest on Friday, Mar. 1 at 7:30 p.m. (CST). The winner will then meet the winner of the Lowell Red Devils and East Chicago Central Cardinals for the championship Saturday night. The game between Lowell and East Chicago Central will tip-off Friday at 6 p.m. (CST).

Winners of the Northwest Crossroads Conference, the Mustangs bring a 20-4 record into the semi-final match-up with the Bulldogs.

For the Bulldogs, they see preparation as key.

“The coaching staff has done a great job preparing us,” Gerodemos said. “Coach Swan will prepare us well, if we play our best, we will be fine.”

DOG NOTES: Including the win over the Governors, the Bulldogs have now won their opening sectional match-up in four of the last five seasons. Their only loss in this stretch came in 2018 against host Lake Central.

Crown Point has now won at least three-straight games for the third time this season. They had a four-game winning streak from Dec. 4 to Dec. 20, defeating East Chicago Central, Munster, Warsaw and Kankakee Valley. They also won three consecutive games played from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5 with victories over LaPorte, South Bend Washington and Andrean. Since Feb. 19, they have had two wins over Morton, regular season and sectional tournament, sandwiched between a Feb. 22 victory over Lowell.

USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: The next scheduled Crown Point Bulldogs’ broadcast on USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com will be Friday, Mar. 1 when the Bulldogs face the Munster Mustangs in the simifinal round of the IHSAA Class 4A Sectional 1 tournament hosted by Crown Point High School. This game will follow the Lowell (11-12) vs. East Chicago (12-10) semifinal at 6 p.m. The CP-Munster 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 14-8
TOURNAMENT HISTORY GYM: 3800
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Clint Swan, 182-119 in 13th year at school, 320-191 in 22nd year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 55.1, DA 50.0
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. 22   Hammond Morton 4A W 51 35   sectional
Feb. 27   Munster 4A 7:30 pm   sectional
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CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 1 COLORS: RED, WHITE MAP TO SCHOOL 20-4
TOURNAMENT HISTORY GYM: 3400
MUNSTER
MUSTANGS
Coach: Mike Hackett, 350-109 in 19th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 61.2, DA 44.9
Nov. 21   Hammond Noll 2A W 72 42    
Nov. 24 at Portage 4A W 67 49    
Nov. 30   Hammond 3A W 61 48    
Dec. 1 at Hammond Morton 4A W 52 40    
Dec. 7 at East Chicago Central 4A W 57 55    
Dec. 14   Crown Point 4A L 51 55 OT  
Dec. 18 at Lake Central 4A W 47 37    
Dec. 27 N Whiting 2A W 81 51   tournament
Dec. 27 at Highland 4A W 59 26   tournament
Dec. 29 N Griffith 3A W 71 57   tournament
Jan. 5   Kankakee Valley 4A © W 78 38    
Jan. 10 at Highland 4A © W 82 49    
Jan. 12   Merrillville 4A W 47 44    
Jan. 15 at Michigan City 4A W 59 46    
Jan. 19   Hobart 4A © W 60 38    
Jan. 25   Lowell 4A © W 59 45    
Jan. 26   Valparaiso 4A W 58 43    
Feb. 8   Gary West 3A L 44 48    
Feb. 9 at Chesterton 4A L 49 54    
Feb. 13 at Griffith 3A L 52 56    
Feb. 15 at Andrean 2A © W 52 33    
Feb. 19   Hammond Clark 3A W 89 39    
Feb. 22 at LaPorte 4A W 65 40    
Feb. 27 N Lake Central 4A W 57 44   sectional
Mar. 1 at Crown Point 4A 7:30 pm   sectional
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