C.P. shoots lights out

January 6, 2019

CROWN POINT — On some rare, magical nights, a team can do no wrong. The basket looks like the Grand Canyon and they just can’t miss.

That was Friday for Crown Point, which smoked Michigan City with an astounding 16-of-20 shooting display in the first half that included six 3s in eight tries on its way to a 70-46 thrashing in the Duneland Athletic Conference opener.

“I think they could’ve beaten anybody in the state tonight,” Wolves coach John Boyd said.

He might not have been wrong. City (7-5) took a timeout less than two minutes into the game, already down 9-0 after Elias Gerodemos and Sam Snodgrass treys, and it never got significantly better for M.C.

“It’s not a secret, we’re not a high-powered offensive team,” said Snodgrass, who finished with five 3s and 19 points. “We’re a bunch of 6-2 guys. We were hot. It was great. We made a couple tough ones, but those came from us pushing it, cutting hard, getting good shots in the flow of the offense, not forcing. It always helps when you make the first shot. The first one felt a little off, but it went in and I knew it was going to be a good night.”

For the Wolves, not so much. They managed to stay within six in the second quarter, but the margin swelled to 12 at the half and Snodgrass and Gerodemos banged triples right out of the half, triggering the rout.

“I can’t sugar coat it. You have to give an effort,” Boyd said. “We have some of the fastest kids in the Duneland Conference, but you saw a team blowing by my team. That was passion, that was effort, that was energy, that was belief in what they’re capable of. The effort was not there. Kids are impressionable. They look at a record, they watch film, they didn’t think Crown Point would come out and play that tough. They’re an all senior team. I’ve got two seniors. Those are my only two players on the floor who have varsity experience playing in the Duneland Conference. We’re very talented, but you have to go through this.”

C.P. (6-4) continued its torrid pace for three quarters, shooting 22 of 31 in that span with 10 treys before cooling off in the fourth.

“We did shoot it well, but we did a lot of good things,” C.P. coach Clint Swan said. “We took care of the basketball. I thought our spacing was really good. We moved the ball really well. There was not one of those 3s where I went, oh man. Every shot was in the flow, in rhythm. When Elias gets his feet set, he’s going to knock it down. It was a by-product of how we played.”

The marksmanship also stymied any City intentions to get their running game going.

“My biggest fear was we’d start taking quick shots, getting turnovers, and they’re devastating in transition,” Swan said. “They’re so good when they get out and run, but taking the ball out of the net slows it down. The big thing was we were able to string together consecutive stops. I have no illusions. I’m aware they didn’t play as well as they normally play. They missed shots they normally make. But I’m pleased how the kids executed on both ends of the floor.”

Sam Decker matched Snodgrass with 19 points, one more than Gerodemos, who had four triples.

Ray Howard started strong, finishing with 14 points for City. Freshman Omarian Hatch pitched in a dozen. The Wolves were 1-of-9 from the arc.

“We’re very talented, we’re going to continue to get better,” Boyd said. “This is stuff you’re going to go through as a coach when you put young players on the floor. We’ve got to stay steadfast.”

Crown Point 70, Michigan City 46

Ray Howard’s 14 points led the Wolves.

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