Bulldogs defeat LaPorte 56-44; await DAC showdown with Valparaiso

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
02-05-2017

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
LaPORTE (12-4) 11 14 11 8 44
CROWN POINT (12-2) 12 8 19 17 56

Friday, January 27, 2017 - Duneland Athletic Conference game at CROWN POINT, Ind.

LaPorte's Ben Dermody (10) blocks out Sam Krutz on a free throw in DAC action. (All photos by Mark Smith)
The CPTV cameras follow CP's Sasha Stefanovic (33) downcourt during the game against LaPorte.
CP's Dominic Tomich (12) keeps an eye on LaPorte guard Owen Streiter (22).
CP's Sasha Stefanovic (33) eyes a free shot. Sasha was 6-of-6 from the foul line.
The CP home crowd watches senior Kenny Decker (35) rise up above Nik Ormsby for the three-pointer against LaPorte.
CP's Sam Krutz (30) watches Kenny Decker (35) cut to the basket against the Slicers. Decker led all scorers with 20 points.
Sasha Stefanovic (33) and Dom Tomich (12) watch Owen Streiter (22) in the Slicers visit to Crown Point.
CP senior Dominic Tomich puts down a post-game signature on 'Autograph Night.'
CPTV's Drew Zimmerman and Nick Morgan interview CP's Sasha Stefanovic and Kenny Decker after the game.
LaPorte's Jerry Fulton (33) puts pressure on CP's Dom Tomich in DAC action in Crown Point.
CP seniors Dominic Tomich, Andrew Kenneally (middle) and Sasha Stefanovic smile for the camera on 'Autograph Night.'
CP's Clint Swan is interviewed by CPTV's Reese Grapenthien before the Bulldogs 56-44 victory.  (All photos by Mark Smith)
 

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LaPORTE (44) Owen Streiter 2-1-6, Ben Dermody 5-3-13, Scott Cooper 7-0-15, Garret Ott-Large 1-0-3, Jerry Fulton 1-0-2, Andy Samuelson 1-0-2, Andy Haferkamp 1-0-3, Nik Ornsby 0-0-0. TOTALS: 18 (4-4) 44.

CROWN POINT (56) Dominic Tomich 5-0-12, Sasha Stefanovic 4-6-14, Kenny Decker 8-2-20, Andrew Kenneally 3-2-8, Sam Snodgrass 1-0-2, Sam Krutz 0-0-0, Matt Hanlon 0-0-0. TOTALS: 21 (10-14) 56.

FREE THROWS: LaPORTE (4-7, 57.1%) Dermody 3-3, Streiter 1-2, Ott-Large 0-2.
CROWN POINT (10-14, 71.4%) Stefanovic 6-6, Decker 2-2, Kenneally 2-6.

REBOUNDS: LaPORTE (13) Cooper 4, Dermody 2, Streiter 2, Ornsby 2, Fulton 2, Samuelson .
CP (24) Decker 12, Sefanovic 6, Kenneally 3, Tomich 2, Snodgrass.

ASSISTS: LaPORTE (5) Steiter 3, Dermody, Ott-Large. CROWN POINT (10) Tomich 4, Stefanovic 3, Decker 2, Kenneally.

3-GOALS: LaPORTE (4) Owen Streiter, Garrott Ott-Large, Austin Haferkamp, Scott Cooper; CROWN POINT (4) Kenny Decker 2, Dominic Tomich 2.
 

FOULED OUT: None.

 

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CROWN POINT (01-27-2017) There seems to be two ways to play the so-far highly successful 2017 Crown Point Bulldogs.

You can push the pace of the game. Press and run. Try to outscore them or wear them down late.
Or you can slow the pace. Limit their possessions. Take away top scorer Sasha Stefanovic and force them into a half court physical game.

Lately, teams have been trying to slow them. For LaPorte, it worked for a half. But CP rallied from a 25-20 halftime deficit to top the Slicers 56-44 in a Friday night Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) matchup.

LaPorte's football player-powered lineup of 6-foot-4 Scott Cooper, 6-foot-2 Nik Ormsby and 6-foot Owen Steiter did have success in the first two quarter. But CP picked up the pace and a 19-8 run in the middle of the second half returned the tide.

"We just moved a lot better in the second half," said coach Clint Swan. "We cut a lot harder. Got to the glass. Got some offensive rebounds. We were just on the attack in the second half."

It was another big night for 6-foot-5 senior forward Kenny Decker, who led all scorers with 20 points, including seven in the third period.

LaPorte seems to be looking for a true point guard to play with their solid core of seniors. The Slicers' best offense came from 6-foot-3 forward Ben Dermody, who played all 32 minutes, was 5-of-10 from the floor and scored five in the third quarter to keep his team close.

But an 8-0 run including baskets by Decker, Stefanovic and 6-foot-2 sophomore Sam Snodgrass gave the Bulldogs a 39-34 lead late in the third quarter and the home team never trailed after that.

CP was 14 of 22 from the floor in the second half, including 11 of 16 from 2-point range.

"They have three college players out there," said LaPorte coach Tom Wells of Decker, Stefanovic and CP's center Andrew Kenneally. "Almost all of their points come from those three. We had some success early posting up inside, but then they took that away. We gave up the backdoor a couple of times and that should never happen.

"It's about attention to detail and that's key if you want to win games like this."

Decker agreed with his coach about playing quicker later in the game.

"In the second half, we got the ball moving," he said. "We get shots and when we play together like that. There's no one who can stop us."

DOG NOTES: Crown Point did lose Saturday night 62-50 at Warren Central (14-1). The Bulldogs sank just 13 of 37 shots from the floor and were outscored 13-4 at the start of the third quarter after trailing 30-24 at the half.

Senior Mack Smith hit five three-point shots and scored 18 for the Warriors. Sasha Stefanovic scored 21 for Crown Point (14-3). Smith scored 33 for Warren Friday in a 63-52 win at second-ranked North Central.

Crown Point's Sasha Stefanovic was offered a scholarship to play at Purdue University and he reportedly has accepted. Stefanovic, who has, at least, a 50-50 chance to become CP's all-time leading scorer, was set to go to a smaller school until Purdue stepped in last week.

The 6-foot-5 guard got the word after CP's 54-42 victory at Portage last Thursday. 2016 CP grad Grant Gelon is on the roster at Purdue and 2012 grad Michael (Spike) Albrecht is coming off the bench for Purdue this season.

CP coach Clint Swan said that the wide-ranging traveling schedule (CP has played in Indianapolis twice and in Noblesville this season) is hardly a hardship for his boys.

"It's great fun," said Swan. "Our guys are a little mad that we didn't ramp up the schedule even more than we did. They want to play (4A No. 2) Fort Wayne North. They'd want to play (top-ranked) New Albany if I could schedule it. They want to play good teams. The opportunity to play Warren Central is great for us."

CP hosts Valparaiso (18-2) in the DAC battle for first place this Friday night with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m.


 

CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE PAST SEASONS
4A 2 TOURNAMENT HISTORY MAP TO SCHOOL 16-3
RED, WHITE GYM SIZE: 3,800
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Clint Swan, 149-96 in 11th year at school, 287-168 in 20th year overall
DATE OPPONENT RESULT / CT OA 63.5, DA 53.2
Nov. 23 at Bowman Academy {2A}  W   73-  69  
Dec. 3 at Penn {4A} ot W   57-  51  
Dec. 6 East Chicago Central {4A}  W   85-  72  
Dec. 10 Pike {4A}  W   72-  59  
Dec. 16 at Munster {4A}  W   59-  32  
Dec. 22 at Boone Grove {2A}  W   75-  23  
Dec. 27 †Columbus East {4A}  W   72-  61  tournament
Dec. 28 at Noblesville {4A}  W   62-  59  tournament
Dec. 28 †Pike {4A} ot  L   62-  67  tournament
Dec. 31 at South Bend Washington {4A}  W   64-  52  
Jan. 6 Michigan City {4A}‡   L    53-  56  
Jan. 13 at Merrillville {4A}‡  W   69-  62  
Jan. 14 Griffith {3A} W   68-  56  
Jan. 20 at Chesterton {4A}‡ W   59-  40  
Jan. 21 Warsaw {4A} ot W   50-  46  
Jan. 27 LaPorte {4A}‡ W   56-  44  
Jan. 28 at Warren Central {4A} L   50-  62  
Feb. 2 at Portage {4A}‡ W  48-  38  
Feb. 7 at Andrean {3A} W  73-  61  
Feb. 10 Valparaiso {4A}‡ 7:00 pm  
Feb. 17 at Lake Central {4A}‡ 7:00 pm  
Feb. 21 Hammond Morton {4A} 7:00 pm  
Feb. 24 Lowell {4A} 7:00 pm  
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME    †NEUTRAL COURT
 
 
CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE PAST SEASONS
4A 3 TOURNAMENT HISTORY MAP TO SCHOOL 14-5
ORANGE, BLACK GYM SIZE: 3,956
LAPORTE
SLICERS
Coach: Tom Wells, 165-166 in 15th year at school, 321-328 in 30th year overall
DATE OPPONENT RESULT / CT OA 57.4, DA 49.3
Dec. 2 South Bend Washington {4A}  W   60-  55  
Dec. 3 New Prairie {3A}  W   50-  43  
Dec. 9 at Elkhart Memorial {4A}  W   66-  61  
Dec. 13 South Central (Union Mills) {1A}  W   63-  46  
Dec. 20 at Lowell {4A}   L   61-  63  
Dec. 22 at Hobart {4A}  W   70-  34  
Dec. 27 †Louisville Southern (Ky.)  W   58-  37  tournament
Dec. 28 †Northeastern {2A}   L   58-  59  tournament
Dec. 28 †Indianapolis Scecina {2A}  W   60-  51  tournament
Dec. 29 †Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.)  W   51-  48  tournament
Jan. 6 at Lake Central {4A}‡   L   33-  42  
Jan. 7 Goshen {4A}  W   57-  40  
Jan. 13 Chesterton {4A}‡  W   60-  54  
Jan. 14 at Plymouth {4A}  W   68-  61  
Jan. 20 at Michigan City {4A}‡  W   58-  53  
Jan. 27 at Crown Point {4A}‡   L   44-  56  
Jan. 28 Concord {4A}  W   76-  42  
Feb. 2 Valparaiso {4A}‡   L   42-  45  
Feb. 4 John Glenn {3A}  W   55-  47  
Feb. 10 at Merrillville {4A}‡ 7:00 pm  
Feb. 11 at South Bend Clay {4A} 4:00 pm  
Feb. 14 at South Bend Riley {4A} 6:30 pm  
Feb. 17 Portage {4A}‡ 7:00 pm  
Feb. 24 Munster {4A} 7:00 pm  
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME    †NEUTRAL COURT
 
DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONF AG OA DA AM STREAK
Valparaiso 5-  0 18-  2 61.8 47.2 14.6 Won 8
Crown Point 4-  1 16-  3 63.5 53.2 10.4 Won 2
Lake Central 3-  2 12-  8 55.6 53.7 1.9 Won 3
LaPorte 2-  3 14-  5 57.4 49.3 8.1 Won 1
Michigan City 2-  3 16-  6 61.4 53.6 7.8 Won 1
Merrillville 2-  3 13-  6 67.3 57.8 9.5 Lost 1
Chesterton 2-  3 11-  7 64.8 59.3 5.5 Won 2
Portage 0-  5 6-13 56.4 58.9 -2.5 Lost 1
Thursday, Feb. 2
Chesterton 51, Michigan City 43‡
Crown Point 48, Portage 38‡
Lake Central 59, Merrillville 58‡
Valparaiso 45, LaPorte 42‡
Saturday, Feb. 4
LaPorte 55, John Glenn 47
Michigan City 60, South Bend Adams 51
Valparaiso 52, Hammond Noll 45
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Crown Point 73, Andrean 61
Lake Central 66, East Chicago Central 60
Friday, Feb. 10
Lake Central at Michigan City‡, 7 pm
LaPorte at Merrillville‡, 7 pm
Portage at Chesterton‡, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Crown Point‡, 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 11
LaPorte at South Bend Clay, 4 pm
Merrillville at Warsaw, 3:30 pm
Munster at Chesterton, 7 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Chesterton at Hammond, 7 pm
LaPorte at South Bend Riley, 6:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 17
Chesterton at Valparaiso‡, 7 pm
Crown Point at Lake Central‡, 7 pm
Michigan City at Merrillville‡, 7 pm
Portage at LaPorte‡, 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 18
Concord at Valparaiso, 7 pm
Hobart at Merrillville, 7 pm
‡Conference game