Bulldogs break halftime stalemate with strong second half en route to 68-52 win over Lowell in regular season finale

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
03-03-2017

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
LOWELL (14-9) 14 15 11 12 52
CROWN POINT (20-3) 12 17 17 22 68

Friday, February 24, 2017 - Nonconference game at CROWN POINT, Ind.

Lowell's Nick Mantis gets up high against Crown Point's Andrew Kenneally (44) on the "jump ball' start to last Friday's annual CP-Lowell game. (All photos by Mark Smith)
John Cory (22) and Zach Redmon (12) double team CP's Kenny Decker (35) in first half action as the Devils visited Crown Point.
Lowell's Nick Mantis (22) leaps and passes away from the CP defense in the Lowell-CP game. Mantis led the Devils with 19 points.
Andrew Kenneally spins to the basket for an easy two-pointer. Kenneally scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Dom Tomich (12) and Andrew Kenneally (44) try to trap Nick Mantis (22) near the sidelines early in the CP-Lowell matchup.
John Cory (22) steps away from Sasha Stefanovic (33) early in the regular season-ending Lowell-CP game. Cory scored 15, including three three-point field goals.
CP senior Sasha Stefanovic scored 29 against Lowell in his final home game. CP had five seniors playing on the home floor for the final time.
CP sophomore Sam Krutz (30) tries to stay in front of Lowell 1,000-point career scorer John Cory. The Devils and Bulldogs were tied 29-29 at the half.
Lowell coach Joe Delgado watches the action at Crown Point. Lowell averaged 67 points a game during the regular season.
Crown Point's Alison Duncan (middle with her daughter) and her varsity volleyball team were honored at halftime of the basketball game. The CP girls were sectional, regional and semistate champs in 2016.
The CP student sectional, foam fingers and all, showed up for the final home basketball game of the season.
CP senior Dominic Tomich (12) brings the ball up the floor with the backing of the student section against Lowell. Crown Point won their 20th game in a season for the first time since 1969.  (All photos by Mark Smith)
 

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LOWELL (52) Zach Redmon 2-0-4, John Cory 5-3-15, Nick Mantis 8-1-17, Grant Monix 1-0-3, Brett Skorka 1-0-2, Bailey Laumeyer 2-0-5, Noah Durr 3-0-6, Ethan Igras 0-0-0, Dustin Hudak 0-0-0. TOTALS: 22 (3-4) 52.
 
CROWN POINT (68) Dominic Tomich 1-0-3, Sasha Stefanovic 9-7-29, , Kenny Decker 5-3-14, Andrew Kenneally 7-5-19, Sam Snodgrass 1-0-3, Sam Krutz 0-0-0, Tommy Frame 0-0-0, Nick Phillips 0-0-0, Matt Hanlon 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23 (15-18) 68.

FREE THROWS: LOWELL (3-4, 75%) Cory 2-2, Mantis 1-2. CROWN POINT (15-18, 83.3%) Decker 3-5, Stefanovic 7-7, Kenneally 5-6.

REBOUNDS: LOWELL (20) Redmon 5, Durr 5, Laumeyer 4, Dory 2, Mantis 2, Monix, Skorka, CP (43) Kenneally 11, Stefanovic 10, Decker 10, Krutz 6, Tomich 5, Phillips.

ASSISTS: LOWELL (9) Redmon 2, Durr 2, mantis 2, Cory, Monix, Skorka. CROWN POINT (12) Tomich 6, Krutz 2, Stefanovic 2.

3-GOALS: LOWELL (5) John Cory 3, Bailey Laumeyer, Grant Monix; CROWN POINT (7) Sasha Stefanovic 4, Kenny Decker, Dom Tomich, Sam Snodgrass.

FOULED OUT: LOWELL (2) Zach Redmon (L) 4:05 - 4th; Noah Durr (L) 2:20 - 4th.

 

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CROWN POINT (02-24-2017) When you watch a basketball game and you are supposed to write something about it after it's over, you think up questions before the game even begins.

One post-game question thought up before last Friday's season finale between Lowell and Crown Point was: Was this game a good preparation for the upcoming Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state tournament which starts this week or not? After the game, that question didn't need to be asked.

"I thought this was a good game for us," said Lowell coach Joe DelGado, after his team was tied 29-29 at halftime with the 4A No. 10 Bulldogs (20-3). This was confidence builder. We were in it. I think we're ready to go."

"As we walked in that was the last thing (assistant coach) Kevin Thomas said," remembered CP coach Clint Swan. "He said 'Now, we're ready'. They exposed us a little bit. We can sit down and go over that film and find a lot to work on."

"They were getting after it. We weren't getting offensive rebounds not because we weren't trying. They were playing hard. That's a really good team. I made a point to talk to John (Cory) and Nick (Mantis) after the game to tell them how much respect I had for how they play."

Lowell did a good job of attacking CP with John Cory and Nick Mantis combining for 21 first half points and the Devils sinking five three-point shots.

Lowell double teamed either Sasha Stefanovic in the lane and 'cheated' off of CP sophomore Sammy Krutz, who has taken only 27 shots all season.

"We decided that if he scored 20 points and beat us, we'd just live with that. So, yeah, we sagged in on '44' (Kenneally) and concentrated on the other four."

In the second half, Stefanovic and guard Dom Tomich seemed to attack the basket more aggressively in what became a very physical matchup. CP ran a 36-34 lead to 46-36 late in the third quarter. All three Crown Point forwards scored and rebounded in double figures and the Bulldogs held a 45-24 rebound advantage.

"In the first half they exposed us a little on the pick and roll," said Swan. "But in the (second) half, we adjusted to it. This was a very good game to finish the season with."

DOG NOTES: CP jumped to a 13-0 lead and defeated Hobart 66-36 in Wednesday's Class 4A Michigan City Sectional semifinal. The Bulldogs faced Chesterton in the semifinals at Michigan City Friday night and came away with a 78-66 win.

The last 20-win season for Crown Point was 1969 when they were 21-3 for head coach Harry Allison. When CP won the school's only regional championship in 1998 with head coach Tom Johnson the Bulldogs finished at 16-8.

Lowell's Nick Mantis suffered a leg injury at mid-season and he was clearly not totally healthy in the season finale. Mantis and teammate Jon Cory both passed the 1,000 point level this season.

"That's the most intense game he's played in four weeks, said Delgado of his leading scorer, who was 9-of-16 for 19 points. "He's not 100% but he's getting better."

Crown Point's state Class 4A runner up volleyball team and coach Allison Duncan were honored at halftime of the final home game. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a 36-4 record, losing the state title match 21-25, 21-25, 25-20, 20-25 to defending state champion Cathedral (31-4) in November. The second place finish for Crown Point was the school's best in the 45-year history of the state volleyball tournament.

CP's 6-foot-7, 210-pound center Andrew Kenneally scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds against Lowell, completing a regular season where he shot 61% (110 of 170) from the floor and averaged 13.6 points a game without ever making a 3-point shot. Andrew, by nature, is not a bullying, physical player. He had to learn how to play big.

"Coach Thomas is the best big man coach in the area," said CP coach Clint Swan. "The success we've had developing big men the last few years - John Sakaleros, Nick Jeffirs to Andrew Kenneally. He's made those guys into very special players. It's no coincidence. Andrew was more of a finesse guy. Not anymore."

Keith Thomas, in his eighth year on the CP coaching staff, said that Andrew did a lot of his 'big man training' with the help from his 'friends'.

"I was lucky, said Thomas, "because the guys who were ahead of him, (CP alums) Jared Smoot, Nick Jeffirs, Ron Plesac. They were big physical guys. They played that way. Much of that is learned by playing against older guys. I encouraged it, but that's a credit to them and him more than it is a credit to me."

Kenneally said he also had a lot of help closer to home.

"My dad's been telling me all my life to not shy away from contact and go right at the other player," Andrew said after his final home game. "When I was a freshman, Nick Jeffirs played against me. Beat me up in practice. That helped me a lot. Coach Thomas doesn't actually play against us, but he gets paddles and roughs us around a little. Tries to make us be tough. I'm more of a finesse player, but I can play big."

Kenneally is big enough to play at Christian Brothers University (CBU) in the Division II Gulf South Conference starting next winter. CBU (18-11) was in the semifinals of their conference tournament last week, hoping for a big run in the D-II NCAA national tournament starting on March 11. CBU coach Mike Niebauer is the school's all-time winningest coach.

CLASS

SECTIONAL

ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE

PAST SEASONS

4A

2

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

MAP TO SCHOOL

22-3

RED, WHITE

GYM SIZE: 3,800

CROWN POINT

BULLDOGS

Coach: Clint Swan, 158-97 in 11th year at school, 296-169 in 20th year overall

DATE

OPPONENT

RESULT / CT

OA 64.0 DA 51.8

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}

W   68-  52

 

Mar. 1

Hobart {4A}

W   66-  36

 sectional

Mar. 3

Chesterton {4A}

W   78-  66

 sectional

Mar. 4

Merrillville {4A}

7:30 pm

 sectional

DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME    NEUTRAL COURT

 
CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE PAST SEASONS
4A 1 TOURNAMENT HISTORY MAP TO SCHOOL 14-10
RED, BLACK GYM SIZE: 2,700
LOWELL
RED DEVILS
Coach: Joe Delgado, 45-30 in 3rd year at school, 140-136 in 12th year overall
DATE OPPONENT RESULT / CT OA 66.6, DA 61.5
Nov. 23 Hanover Central {3A}  W   92-  62  
Dec. 1 Hammond Gavit {3A}  W   83-  55  
Dec. 3 at Chesterton {4A}   L   61-  89  
Dec. 6 at Valparaiso {4A}   L   56-  65  
Dec. 10 at Gary West {4A}   L   61-  63  
Dec. 13 Portage {4A}  W   76-  69  
Dec. 16 at Hobart {4A}  W   61-  52  
Dec. 20 LaPorte {4A}  W   63-  61  
Dec. 29 Eastern (Greentown) {2A}  W   59-  30  tournament
Dec. 30 Central Noble {2A}  W   69-  55  tournament
Dec. 30 Oregon-Davis {1A}  W   85-  68  tournament
Jan. 3 Hebron {2A}  W   96-  55  
Jan. 7 at Highland {4A}  W   62-  60  
Jan. 13 Griffith {3A}   L   59-  64  
Jan. 17 at Lake Central {4A}  W   56-  51  
Jan. 21 Kankakee Valley {3A}  W   73-  41  
Jan. 27 at Munster {4A}   L   62-  71  
Jan. 28 Merrillville {4A}   L   61-  65  
Feb. 2 Andrean {3A}   L   57-  83  
Feb. 14 Hammond Morton {4A}  W   81-  80  
Feb. 16 at East Chicago Central {4A}   L   64-  69  
Feb. 21 at Morgan Twp. {1A}  W   70-  57  
Feb. 24 at Crown Point {4A}   L   52-  68  
Mar. 1 Lake Central {4A}   L   39-  43  sectional
NORTHWEST CROSSROADS CONFERENCE GAME    NEUTRAL COURT

 


CLASS 4A SECTIONAL BRACKETS
 

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL BRACKET

1

Tue.

Hammond Morton 67, Highland 64, overtime

2

Wed.

Munster 42, Gary West 36

3

Wed.

Lake Central 43, Lowell 39

4

Fri.

East Chicago Central 74, Hammond Morton 69

5

Fri.

Lake Central 53, Munster 40

6

Sat.

East Chicago Central [14-9] vs. Lake Central [15-11]

MICHIGAN CITY BRACKET

1

Tue.

Michigan City 72, Valparaiso 55

2

Wed.

Crown Point 66, Hobart 36

3

Wed.

Chesterton 73, Portage 70, overtime

4

Fri.

Merrillville 57, Michigan City 48

5

Fri.

Crown Point 78, Chesterton 66

6

Sat.

Merrillville [18-7] vs. Crown Point [22-3]

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON BRACKET

1

Tue.

Plymouth 52, South Bend Washington 51, overtime

2

Wed.

South Bend Adams 73, South Bend Riley 72

3

Wed.

LaPorte 61, South Bend Clay 58

4

Fri.

Plymouth 40, Mishawaka 37, overtime

5

Fri.

South Bend Adams 66, LaPorte 63, 2 overtimes

6

Sat.

Plymouth [15-9] vs. South Bend Adams [20-4]

ELKHART CENTRAL BRACKET

1

Tue.

Goshen 40, Concord 38

2

Wed.

Elkhart Central 75, Penn 73, 3 overtimes

3

Wed.

Warsaw 36, Northridge 33

4

Fri.

Goshen 65, Elkhart Memorial 56

5

Fri.

Warsaw 71, Elkhart Central 36

6

Sat.

Goshen [15-9] vs. Warsaw [16-9]