Mustangs outlast Bulldogs 50-45 in Sectional Semifinal as Crown Point ends season at 14-9

A Special Report  by the team

Team /Record 1 2 3 4 Final
MUNSTER (21-4) 11 14 12 13 50
CROWN POINT (14-9) 8 7 15 15 45

Friday, March 1, 2019 - IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 1 Semfinal at CROWN POINT, Ind.

The Munster Mustangs' starting five are about to be announced to the crowd of about 2,500 fans in the moments before the Munster-Crown Point boys basketball sectional semifinal at Crown Point High School, 03-01-2019. (Photos by Dave Woodworth)
The Bulldogs' 6-foot-3 senior guard Sam Snodgrass controls the opening jump ball against Munster's 6-foot-9 senor center Dorian Benford (35), as he tips the ball to a waiting Sam Decker of Crown Point.
CP's senior guard Matt Hanlon (10) launches a '3' early in the contest with Munster. He missed this one, as CP fell behind 11-8 after the first quarter and 25-15 at the half. But Hanlon connected on two 3-point shots in the third quarter as he was one of four Bulldogs with double figures, finishing with 10 points in the game.
Munster's junior back-up center, 6-foot-8 Jeffrey Hemmelgarn (40), makes his presence known as CP's Elias Gerodomos (31) tries to drive the lane in the Crown Point Sectional Semifinal, 03-01-2019.
CP's Sam Snodgrass (24) and Munster's Jeffrey Hemmelgarn (40) battle for a rebound in Munster's front court.
A few seconds later, Jeffrey Hemmelgarn (40) connects on a short range jump shot for his only basket of the game just before the end of the first half, giving Munster a 25-15 halftime lead. Munster led the entire game, by as much as 11 points, before settling for a 50-45 victory.
The Crown Point cheerleaders encourage their own student section during a timeout of the IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 1 Semifinal match-up between the Munster Mustangs and the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019 at Crown Point High School.
(Photo by Frank Sprankle)
Late in the game Crown Point tried to make a run, firing numerous three-point shots, including this one by Sam Snodgrass in the 4th quarter. Snodgrass hit two of his seven shots from beyond the arc in the sectional semifinal game to finish with 10 points.
In the closing seconds of the game, Crown Point could come no closer than 4-points, as the Bulldogs were forced to foul Munster numerous times to stop the clock in the fourth quarter, including this scramble for a loose ball. Munster would up hitting 11 of 14 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to seal the win over the Bulldogs.

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MUNSTER (50) Tyler Zabrecky 1-6-9, Eric Jerge 0-0-0, Jevon Morris 4-6-14, Josh Davis 0-0-0, Jeremiah Lovett 2-0-4, Luka Balac 5-2-12, Nick Fies 0-0-0, Dorian Benford 4-1-9, Jeffrey Hemmelgarn 1-0-2. TOTALS 17, (15-19) 50.


CROWN POINT (45) Matt Hanlon 4-0-10, Ty Smith 0-0-0, Dylan Matusak 0-0-0, Chris Karakozis 0-0-0, Sam Snodgrass 2-4-10, Tyler Jeeninga 0-0-0, Sam Krutz 1-1-3, Elias Gerodemos 3-2-10, Sam Decker 5-2-12. TOTALS 15, (9-12) 45.

FREE THROWS: MUNSTER (15 of 19, 78.9%); Tyler Zabrecky 6-6, Jevon Morris 6-8, Luka Balac 2-2, Dorian Benford 1-2. CROWN POINT (9 of 12, 75.0%); Sam Snodgrass 4-5, Sam Krutz 1-2, Elias Gerodemos 2-2, Sam Decker 2-3.

3-GOALS: MUNSTER (1 of 8, 12.5%); Tyler Zabrecky 1-3. CROWN POINT (6 of 23, 26.1%); Matt Hanlon 2-7, Sam Snodgrass 2-7, Elias Gerodemos 2-8, Sam Decker 0-1.



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CROWN POINT (03-01-2019) For the Crown Point Bulldogs, they had the home court. But the Munster Mustangs proved to have the upper hand, as they held off a second half Bulldog surge with cool efficiency from the free throw line for a 50-45 win over the Bulldogs in the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A, Sectional 1 semi-final match-up at Crown Point High School on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019.

As a result, the Bulldogs' season comes to an end with a 14-9 record.

Winners of the Northwest Crossroads Conference during the regular season, Munster improved to 21-4.

This marked the second time both teams met this season, having previously played on Dec. 14 at Munster High School, in a 55-51 win for the Bulldogs in overtime.

From the start Munster took control as they led 25-15 at halftime.

But Crown Point made it interesting in the second half as they made it close, outscoring Munster 30-25.

With 14 points, senior guard Jevon Morris led the way for the Mustangs, while sophomore guard Luka Balac had 12 points.

The Bulldogs had the efforts of senior forward Sam Decker 12 points, while senior guards Matt Hanlon, Sam Snodgrass and senior guard/forward Elias Gerodemos contributed with 10 points each.

Both teams struggled connecting from beyond the arc. Munster only hit 12.5 percent from three-point range on one of eight shooting, while Crown Point hit 26.1 percent of their treys on six of 23 shooting.

Coming-in, the Bulldogs had won five of their previous six meetings against the Mustangs, including the 2015 regional contest.

Until now, the previous Mustangs win came on Dec. 15, 2017, also at Crown Point High School.

“Crown Point is a heck of a team,” Mustangs Head Coach Mike Hackett said. “We knew it was going to be a grind-out game. Having the lead throughout helped.”

For Munster, they would draw the Lowell Red Devils in the sectional title game, with Lowell having defeated the East Chicago Central Cardinals 55-50 in the other semi-final contest.

“When we first watched the sectional draw, we knew it was going to be tough sectional,” senior guard Tyler Zabrecky said. “We knew at the beginning of the year that Crown Point was going to be the team we were going to have to face in our sectional, we have great respect for them.”

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Munster went on to win the Crown Point Sectional Saturday, Mar. 2 with a 56-33 win over the Lowell Red Devils. Munster advances to the Michigan City Regional Saturday, Mar. 9 where they will face Northridge (18-8) in the second semifinal game at 1 p.m. CST. Meanwhile, Chesterton (19-6) upset highly regarded Valparaiso (21-6) in a low-scoring defensive struggle, 35-30 in the Portage Sectional. The Trojans, who defeated CP twice in the regular season now advance to the MC Regional where they will face Penn (22-3) Saturday at 11 a.m. CST.

DOG NOTES: The five-point lost to Munster became the 16th game this season that Crown Point had a game decided by single-digits. In all, they went 8-8 in contests decided by under 10 points.

The Bulldogs finishing this season at 14-9 marked an improvement from last season. In 2017-18 they went 11-13, having lost the sectional opener to host Lake Central. Broadcast Note: With the loss in the sectional semifinals by the Crown Point Bulldogs, our winter sports broadcast schedule comes to a close.

On behalf of everyone at and, we would like to thank our sponsors, the Crown Point High School athletic staff, the players and coaches of the Crown Point Bulldogs basketball team, and all our listeners.

We plan to present a balanced schedule of Crown Point Bulldogs baseball and girls softball this spring. Be sure to check our website at for updates to our broadcast schedule.

Coach: Clint Swan, 182-120 in 13th year at school, 320-192 in 22nd year overall
Nov. 21 at Bowman Academy 2A W 49 44    
Dec. 1 at Penn 4A L 51 71    
Dec. 4   East Chicago Central 4A W 54 47    
Dec. 14 at Munster 4A W 55 51 OT  
Dec. 15   Warsaw 4A W 48 41    
Dec. 20 at Kankakee Valley 4A W 68 59 OT  
Dec. 27 N New Albany 4A L 59 61   tournament
Dec. 27 N Chesterton 4A L 53 55   tournament
Dec. 28 N Northridge 4A L 52 54   tournament
Jan. 4   Michigan City 4A © W 70 46    
Jan. 11 at Merrillville 4A © W 47 45    
Jan. 12   Griffith 3A L 56 59 OT  
Jan. 18 at Chesterton 4A © L 49 55    
Jan. 25   LaPorte 4A © W 67 48    
Jan. 26 at South Bend Washington 3A W 71 53    
Feb. 5 at Andrean 2A W 57 45    
Feb. 8   Valparaiso 4A © L 46 48    
Feb. 14 at Portage 4A © W 55 53    
Feb. 15 at Lake Central 4A © L 42 51    
Feb. 16 at McCutcheon 4A     ccd.
Feb. 19   Hammond Morton 4A W 66 36    
Feb. 22   Lowell 4A W 46 42    
Feb. 27   Hammond Morton 4A W 51 35   sectional
Mar. 1   Munster 4A L 45 50   sectional


Coach: Mike Hackett, 352-109 in 19th year at school
Nov. 21   Hammond Noll 2A W 72 42    
Nov. 24 at Portage 4A W 67 49    
Nov. 30   Hammond 3A W 61 48    
Dec. 1 at Hammond Morton 4A W 52 40    
Dec. 7 at East Chicago Central 4A W 57 55    
Dec. 14   Crown Point 4A L 51 55 OT  
Dec. 18 at Lake Central 4A W 47 37    
Dec. 27 N Whiting 2A W 81 51   tournament
Dec. 27 at Highland 4A W 59 26   tournament
Dec. 29 N Griffith 3A W 71 57   tournament
Jan. 5   Kankakee Valley 4A © W 78 38    
Jan. 10 at Highland 4A © W 82 49    
Jan. 12   Merrillville 4A W 47 44    
Jan. 15 at Michigan City 4A W 59 46    
Jan. 19   Hobart 4A © W 60 38    
Jan. 25   Lowell 4A © W 59 45    
Jan. 26   Valparaiso 4A W 58 43    
Feb. 8   Gary West 3A L 44 48    
Feb. 9 at Chesterton 4A L 49 54    
Feb. 13 at Griffith 3A L 52 56    
Feb. 15 at Andrean 2A © W 52 33    
Feb. 19   Hammond Clark 3A W 89 39    
Feb. 22 at LaPorte 4A W 65 40    
Feb. 27 N Lake Central 4A W 57 44   sectional
Mar. 1 N Crown Point 4A W 50 45   sectional
Mar. 2 N Lowell 4A W 56 33   sectional
Mar. 9 N Northridge 4A 12 pm   regional