STEVE HANLON: It was fun, but one and done

2013-12-27T19:32:00Z 2014-06-24T21:07:41Z STEVE HANLON: It was fun, but one and doneSteve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
December 27, 2013 7:32 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | On Friday at Crown Point there were four exciting girls basketball games, capped by Times No. 1 Lake Central's 52-50 win over No. 3 Merrillville.

Today at Merrillville there will be four great boys basketball games, too.

The DAC West Tournaments had their place. Enjoy the one-year event. They're done like a Bee Gee at Lollapalooza.

“Yeah, this is it, that's what I've been told,” Lake Central coach Marc Urban said. “It was a good thing to get out of the double round robin schedule. This was the compromise.”

Last Friday, L.C. beat Crown Point 61-39. On Friday morning of this week the Indians beat the Bulldogs, 45-41, in the mini-DAC semifinal.

I always thought the old double round robin hurt all of the Duneland programs. It often skewed the scoreboard.

The teams at the bottom got demoralized playing 14 games, plus sectionals, against the same teams that were better. But it also hurt the top-tier squads.

But beating someone you're better than three times in one winter is almost impossible.

“It's a good thing,” C.P. coach Annie Equihua said after her team beat Portage, 49-21, in the consolation game. “The whole point of getting rid of the double round robin was to stop playing the same teams all the time. We've played Lake Central twice and Portage twice.

“I'm glad we're doing away with it.”

The Hall of Fame Classic was played this weekend in New Castle. It is always around this date. Saying good-bye to this tourney might open up some doors for some DAC teams to play in the state's biggest regular-season tournament.

Here's a thought. Indianapolis has a Marion County tournament. It's big and a lot of games are guaranteed. Why doesn't someone put something like that together up here.

The death of the double round robin has brought the region some very interesting games in both boys and girls hoops. Why not try something new that might generate interest?

Equihua said she had to fight hard to get Courtney Kvachkoff on the Indiana Junior All-Star team a few years back. Not because the guard wasn't good. But because few saw her play because of the schedule.

“Part of what we do is give exposure to our players,” Equihua added.

The L.C.-Merrillville game was exciting, to say the least. The Indians beat the Pirates, 66-57, on Dec. 6. And don't be surprised if these teams play again at a regional. It could happen.

Lindsay Kusbel had 17 points and 12 rebounds for L.C. Rolanda Curington rebounded from a tough first half and finished with 13 points. Merrillville's Victoria Gaines was what she always is, awesome, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 boards.

Forget the double round robin. Give me this kind of a double-double.

“We're looking at some holiday tournaments down in Indy next year,” Urban said. “We want to get in some tournaments around the state, see what's out there.”

Sometimes you have to eat your lima beans before the filet mignon is brought out. This mini tourney was the lima beans.

Now, bring out the steak.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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