ST. JOHN | Over the last decade the West Side-Lake Central boys basketball rivalry has been one of the best. One-point wins and overtime thrillers have been the norm.
Nothing close to that history occurred on Tuesday in St. John as Times No. 2 Lake Central throttled No. 9 West Side 75-33, the biggest blowout in this series.
“That was not the team we'll see in March,” L.C. coach Dave Milausnic said. “They were short-handed.”
West Side senior Arnold Wilson stood on the sidelines wearing his blue and orange warmups. The standout West Side senior did not play against the Indians (3-0).
He hurt his knee against Michigan City.
Wilson is not planning on playing against Lowell on Saturday either.
“I'll be all right,” Wilson said before the game. “I have to see the doctor (today).”
Cougars coach Murray Richards also confirmed that his team will have to forfeit two wins, Michigan City and Chicago Gage Park, on Saturday.
“I played a kid who didn't have his (transfer) paperwork in,” Richards said before the game.
So instead of being 4-2 his team is now 2-4.
West Side did hit shots early, jumping out to an 11-6 lead. But the Indians found their rhythm and went on a 16-0 run, leading 38-18 at halftime.
Butler-bound Tyler Wideman led the way, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
“Early, our defensive balance wasn't good,” Milausnic said. “Then we got it going. We were either getting a turnover or a one-and-done. That helped us take the lead out.”
West Side committed 21 turnovers and the Cougars were outrebounded 40-29.
“We have to hit shots,” Richards said before the game. “Without Arnold, we have to hit shots.”
That didn't happen either. West Side finished the game 12-of-52 from the field, 2-of-12 from beyond the arc and 7-of-20 from the free throw line.
“We played good defense,” L.C. senior guard Tye Wilburn said. “We got out to them and we kept a hand in their face. This was a good win.”
On this rare “stat night” for the Indians, Cory Dickelman scored 10 points and grabbed four boards. Tyler Ross scored nine points with 10 rebounds, being a force inside. Wilburn also scored nine.
West Side was led by JonVea' Johnson's 10 points.