GARY | Indianapolis Crispus Attucks did it again.
In a rematch of the 1955 state championship game, the Tigers took it to Roosevelt 75-54 at the Lakeshore Classic.
"We've got to get better," Panthers coach Marcus Jefferson said. "Hopefully, after this loss my guys will begin to buy into what I'm teaching."
The Attucks defense was too much for the Panthers to handle. The Tigers (1-1) had 16 steals. That led to transition points and Attucks scored 21 in the second quarter to lead 33-20 at the break.
"I believe that (Attucks was) the better team tonight and they won," Jefferson said. "There are so many holes I've got to fill right now."
Attucks maintained its lead in the second half and never trailed.
The much-taller Roosevelt (0-1) did outwork the Tigers on the glass, though, outrebounding Attucks 28-16.
"I'll take the good things and beating them on the boards in a good thing," Jefferson said, "but wins and losses are totaled up on the scoreboard."
Tigers' post player Darrell Hutchinson scored 27 points, despite the 'Velt height advantage. The combination of Devon Briggs and Hutchinson was deadly all night, with Briggs setting up seemingly endless layups for his big man.
Jefferson said he was glad to take a loss like this early in the season.
"I'm going to take this to be a teaching tool," he said. "A learn, not a loss."
Donte Reed scored 10 for the Tigers while Briggs chipped in nine. La'Dontez Tolbert scored 17 points, mostly in the fourth quarter, for Roosevelt.