MERRILLVILLE | Even after a 16-point, 16-rebound, six-block performance, Andrean's Adam Bosak still caught a little grief from his teammates and assistant coach/dad Greg when he checked out of Monday's game with Roosevelt.
An aborted dunk was about all that went wrong for the 6-foot-6 senior, who powered the 59ers to a 66-53 victory in a game that wasn't nearly that close.
"I went up for it, then I changed my mind mid-shot, and tried to lay it up," Bosak said of the miss. "Everybody was giving me a hard time."
Not like the hard time Bosak and the Niners gave the Panthers on the inside, where he, Josh James (13 boards) and back-up Matt Harangody (eight points, 10 boards) dominated the glass.
"We played really good post defense," Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said. "The tenacity on the boards was a joy to watch. I think Adam's going to get some people's attention over the course of the season. Josh was a monster out there, too. Matt's 6-foot, but he's got the tenacity of (his brother) Luke. I was impressed with the poise, composure and effort of the players, and that all starts with the seniors."
Roosevelt drew within 23-21 on back-to-back 3s in the second quarter, but a 24-0 Andrean run that carried over well into the third quarter put the game away. Bosak initiated it with his own personal highlight reel. After a three-point play, he scored inside, then followed a blocked shot at the other end to finish with a reverse layup.
"I've been looking forward to this for a long time and it went exactly how I wanted it to go," Bosak said. "I'm a high-energy guy. I don't think about the numbers. I just go out there and fight for every loose ball, for every rebound. My favorite thing to do is finish around the basket and run the break. I got into the flow and it just kept coming. I had to seize the opportunity."
Super sophomore Nick Davidson chased a triple-double for the Niners, posting 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists against the Panthers' pressure defense.
"Nick draws so many defenders," Cunningham said. "That's going to open things up for other people, which is only going to make it easier for everybody."
Roosevelt trailed by 26 early in the fourth quarter before halving the deficit with a scoring flurry down the stretch. It launched 22 3s, connecting on six. Derrick Payton booked 21 points for the Panthers.
"These seniors were 7-13 as freshmen and lost to Roosevelt by 20 points," Cunningham said. "To see them come back and play so well is heartwarming."