Bulldogs pull away for 59-40 DAC win over Indians at Lake Central

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
02-22-2017

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
CROWN POINT (19-3) 19 13 10 17 59
LAKE CENTRAL (12-10) 10 12 10 8 40

Friday, February 17, 2017 - Duneland Athletic Conference game at ST. JOHN, Ind.

The scoreboard in the new Lake Central gym hypes up Friday's Crown Point visit to Lake Central. (All photos by Mark Smith)
CP senior Dominic Tomich (12) gets inside the LC defense and gets his shot off under pressure early in Friday's Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) game.
LC's Justin Graciano (33) tries to get his shot up over Crown Point's Andrew Kenneally (44) in Friday's LC-CP game,. Graciano led the Indians with 12 points.
CP's Andrew Kenneally turns against Justin Graciano near the basket. After 21 games, Kenneally was shooting 70.9% (83 of 117) from the floor.
CP' s Kenny Decker (35) shoots over Lake Central's Norell Smith (2) in Friday's action. Decker led all scorers with 18 points.
CP's Sasha Stefanovic (33) drives for a layup as LCC's Justin Graciano tries to block his shot. Stefanovic scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half of CP's 59-40 victory.
CP's Sasha Stefanovic (33) and Sam Krutz (30) go on the attack at Lake Central. CP won for the fourth game in a row.
The CP student section watches Kenny Decker (35) shoot over LC's Joe Graziano (4).
CPs Tommy Frame fires in a quick basket against Lake Central. Frame scored five in CP's 24-5 first half run that took control of the game.
This was CP's first game in the new 4,200-seat Lake Central fieldhouse building, following the school's recent three-year renovation.
CP sophomore Sam Snodgress (24) fires one up at Lake Central. CP led throughout the second half.
CP kids call home as the game was not in doubt in the fourth quarter. Crown Point finished 6-1 and tied for first place in the Duneland Conference.  (All photos by Mark Smith)
 

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CROWN POINT (59) Dominic Tomich 1-0-2, Sasha Stefanovic 5-4-16, Kenny Decker 5-5-18, Andrew Kenneally 6-2-14, Sam Snodgrass 0-0-0, Sam Krutz 1-2-4, Tommy Frame 2-0-5, Nick Geisen 0-0-0, Nick Phillips 0-0-0, Matt Hanlon 0-0-0, Vince Smith 0-0-0. TOTALS: 20 (13-17) 59.

LAKE CENTRAL (40)
Derek Hobbs 2-1-5, Joe Graziano 5-0-10, Norell Smith 2-0-6, Nick Bandura 0-2-2, Justin Graciano 4-2-12, Conner Tomasic 0-1-1, Jack Davis 1-0-2, Justin Graves 0-0-0. TOTALS: 14 (7-10) 40.

FREE THROWS: CROWN POINT (12-17, 70.6%) Decker 5-5, Stefanovic 4-6, Kenneally 2-2, Krutz 2-2, Tomich 0-2. LAKE CENTRAL (7-10, 70%) Bandura 2-2, Sellers 2-2, Graciano 2-2, Graziano 0-2, Tomasic 1-2.

REBOUNDS: CP (23) Stefanovic 9, Decker 5, Krutz 3, Tomich 3, Kenneally 2, Frame. LAKE CENTRAL (13) Graciano 5, Bandura 3, Hobbs 3, Smith, Davis.

ASSISTS: CROWN POINT (9) Tomich 5, Krutz 2, Stefanovic 2; LAKE CENTRAL (6) Bandura 2, Graziano 2, Smith, Hobbs.

3-GOALS: CROWN POINT (7) Kenny Decker 3, Sasha Stefanovic 2, Tommy Frame; LAKE CENTRAL (5) Norell Smith 2, Justin Graciano 2, Derek Hobbs.
 

FOULED OUT: None.

 

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ST. JOHN (02-17-2017) To me, a half share of your league championship doesn't mean much. A full share isn't much better. The sectional is everything in Indiana basketball.

But I don't play in the DAC. It doesn't matter what I think. And a half share of the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) championship meant a lot to Crown Points' 2017 Bulldogs Friday night.

Crown Point led most of the way to win at Lake Central 59-40 last Friday to finish at 6-1 in the DAC. Valparaiso (19-3) defeated Chesterton 57-53 to also end the league season at 6-1. The Vikings and Bulldogs finish in a tie for the DAC championship, CP's first title of any kind since 1999.

And it seemed to mean a lot to them. Maybe it was my imagination, but CP seemed to 'hang around' in the new Lake Central gym complex Friday until they got the final score from the Valpo-Chesterton game. A Chesterton upset would have given CP the school's first ever undisputed DAC title in boys basketball.

"Almost," said CP coach Clint Swan. "Not quite. It's big for us. It's an honor to tie for first in this league. Especially after we lost the (DAC) opener to Michigan City. This is a very tough league. Even (last place) Portage (6-15, 0-7 DAC) is better than their record."

Lake Central, which averages just 54 points a game, just couldn't score against the Bulldogs. They were 14 of 40 from the field and just 5-of-19 from three point range. And while the CP defense was good, LC missed some open shots that could have made this a close game.

LC jumped to lead of 5-0 and 8-3 with Norell Smith sinking a three-pointer. But the Bulldogs scored 24 of the next 29 points led by Senior Sasha Stefanovic, Kenny Decker and reserve Tommy Frame who scored five second quarter points and had the good-sized Bulldog student section chanting his name.

"We had to make some substitutions early," said Swan, who slipped in Frame for a five minute second period shift. "It was good to see him get in there and play well."

CP held a significant lead throughout a slowly played second half. Junior forward Joe Graciano sank four of Lake Central's six second half field goals. CP point guard Dom Tomich played 31 minutes and 22 seconds of the 32-minute game and was credited with nine assists. It was the 16th time the two-year starter has played 30 minutes or more. Tomich has played all 32 minutes in four games and Dominic played all 36 minutes in two of CP's three overtime games.

Crown Point has never won an undisputed DAC title. CP has only been in the DAC since 1992.

The Bulldogs tied with Merrillville at the top of the Duneland Conference in 1999. CP is the two-time defending Class 4A Sectional 2 champion, but they did not win the DAC in either year.

DOG NOTES: Crown Point ends the regular season with a home game with Lowell (13-8) Friday night, Feb. 24. LC ends the year with a home game against 4A No. 7 McCutcheon (20-2).

Crown Point got a good draw in the upcoming Class 4A Sectional 2 in Michigan City because powerhouses Michigan City (18-6), Merrillville (16-7) and Valparaiso (20-3) are all in the other half of the sectional bracket.

CP opens post-season play against Hobart (6-16) in the first quarterfinal game on Wednesday night, Mar. 1, in a game that was originally been scheduled for 6 p.m. If the Bulldogs win, they would face the winner of the other Wednesday semifinal between Portage (6-15) and Chesterton (14-8).

The Bulldogs rolled over Morton 69-40 Tuesday night (Feb. 21) and will go for their 20th win of the season Friday (Feb. 24) against Lowell.

USA-365.com NOTES: Internet radio station USA-365.com will follow the Crown Point Bulldogs throughout the post-season, as long as CP remains alive in the IHSAA tournament. Join Frank Sprankle, Mark Smith and Dave Woodworth for live coverage beginning 15-minutes before the scheduled tip-off each game of the tourney, beginning with the Crown Point-Hobart game Wednesday, Mar. 1 at 5:45 .m. CST.


 

CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE PAST SEASONS
4A 2 TOURNAMENT HISTORY MAP TO SCHOOL 19-3
RED, WHITE GYM SIZE: 3,800
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Clint Swan, 155-97 in 11th year at school, 293-169 in 20th year overall
DATE OPPONENT RESULT / CT OA 63.1, DA 51.9
Nov. 23 at Bowman Academy {}  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}‡  W   53-  51  
Feb. 17 at Lake Central {4A}‡  W   59-  40  
Feb. 21 Hammond Morton {4A}  W   69-  40  
Feb. 24 Lowell {4A} 7:00 pm  
Mar. 1 †Hobart {4A} 6:00 pm  sectional
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME    †NEUTRAL COURT
 
CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE PAST SEASONS
4A 1 TOURNAMENT HISTORY MAP TO SCHOOL 13-10
BLUE, WHITE GYM SIZE: 4,300
LAKE CENTRAL
INDIANS
Coach: Dave Milausnic, 178-112 in 13th year at school
DATE OPPONENT RESULT / CT OA 54.6, DA 53.8
Nov. 21 at Andrean {3A}   L   66-  72  
Dec. 2 Lighthouse CPA {3A}  W   62-  48  
Dec. 6 at Gary West {4A}  W   66-  43  
Dec. 9 at Warsaw {4A}  W   34-  31  
Dec. 13 South Bend Washington {4A}  W   46-  39  
Dec. 17 at Hammond Morton {4A}   L   54-  65  
Dec. 20 Munster {4A}   L   54-  65  
Dec. 29 †Lighthouse CPA {3A}  W   83-  71  tournament
Dec. 29 at Huntington North {4A}   L   35-  56  tournament
Dec. 30 †New Haven {3A}   L   51-  62  tournament
Dec. 30 †Leo {3A}  W   70-  46  tournament
Jan. 6 LaPorte {4A}‡  W   42-  33  
Jan. 10 Highland {4A}  W   59-  44  
Jan. 13 Portage {4A}‡  W   59-  54  
Jan. 17 Lowell {4A}   L   51-  56  
Jan. 20 at Valparaiso {4A}‡   L   28-  50  
Jan. 27 at Chesterton {4A}‡ 3ot  L   62-  66  
Jan. 28 at South Bend Clay {4A}  W   64-  54  
Feb. 2 Merrillville {4A}‡  W   59-  58  
Feb. 7 East Chicago Central {4A}  W   66-  60  
Feb. 10 at Michigan City {4A}‡   L   37-  41  
Feb. 17 Crown Point {4A}‡   L   40-  59  
Feb. 21 Marquette Catholic {2A}  W   68-  65  
Feb. 24 McCutcheon {4A} 6:30 pm  
Mar. 1 †Lowell {4A} 7:00 pm  sectional
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME    †NEUTRAL COURT
 
DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONF AG OA DA AM STREAK
Valparaiso 6-  1 20-  3 61.0 48.2 12.8 Won 2
Crown Point 6-  1 19-  3 63.1 51.9 11.2 Won 5
Michigan City 4-  3 18-  6 60.0 52.5 7.5 Won 3
LaPorte 3-  4 17-  6 59.6 51.9 7.7 Won 3
Merrillville 3-  4 16-  7 65.4 56.6 8.9 Won 1
Chesterton 3-  4 14-  8 64.5 59.1 5.4 Lost 1
Lake Central 3-  4 13-10 54.6 53.8 0.8 Won 1
Portage 0-  7 7-15 56.1 58.1 -2.0 Won 1
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Chesterton 72, Hammond 60
LaPorte 95, South Bend Riley 851OT
Friday, Feb. 17
Crown Point 59, Lake Central 40‡
LaPorte 49, Portage 47‡
Michigan City 47, Merrillville 43‡
Valparaiso 57, Chesterton 53‡
Saturday, Feb. 18
Merrillville 64, Hobart 52
Valparaiso 61, Concord 60
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Crown Point 69, Hammond Morton 40
Lake Central 68, Marquette Catholic 65
Portage 56, Lake Station 45
Friday, Feb. 24
Chesterton at Boone Grove, 7 pm
Lowell at Crown Point, 7 pm
McCutcheon at Lake Central, 6:30 pm
Munster at LaPorte, 7 pm
Penn at Merrillville, 7 pm
Portage at Hammond Morton, 7 pm
South Bend Clay at Valparaiso, 7 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Michigan City vs. Valparaiso, 7 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 1
Lowell vs. Lake Central, 7 pm
Crown Point vs. Hobart, 6 pm
Portage vs. Chesterton, 7:30 pm
LaPorte vs. South Bend Clay, 6:30 pm
‡Conference game

 
IHSAA CLASS 4A
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL BRACKET
1 Tue, Feb. 28 Hammond Morton [13-9] vs. Highland [9-13]
2 Wed, Mar. 1 Munster [12-10] vs. Gary West [6-15]
3 Wed, Mar. 2 Lowell [14-8] vs. Lake Central [13-10]
4 Fri, Mar. 3 East Chicago Central [12-9] vs. Winner Game 1
5 Fri, Mar. 3 Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3
6 Sat, Mar. 4 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
MICHIGAN CITY BRACKET
1 Tue, Feb. 28 Michigan City [18-6] vs. Valparaiso [20-3]
2 Wed, Mar. 1 Crown Point [19-3] vs. Hobart [6-16]
3 Wed, Mar. 2 Portage [7-15] vs. Chesterton [14-8]
4 Fri, Mar. 3 Merrillville [16-7] vs. Winner Game 1
5 Fri, Mar. 3 Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3
6 Sat, Mar. 4 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5