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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.
TURNOVERS: MUNSTER - 8; CROWN POINT - 10.
FOULED OUT: None.
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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.
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