open Sectional Tournament with 51-35 win over Morton
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by the USA-365.com team
CROWN POINT (14-8)
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
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
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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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.”
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).