ST. JOHN | Lake Central finished its boys basketball home regular season undefeated with a 59-50 win over Michigan City on Friday night.
The win would have been just a little sweeter for the Indians had they not nearly blown a 17-point lead.
"That was a little frustrating," said senior Glenn Robinson III, whose 18 points led all scorers. "I think we got a little carried away with the ball. If we'd have taken a little better care of the ball, that might not have happened."
Lake Central used a pair of 3s by Mike Miklusak late in the second quarter to take a 28-24 lead into halftime. At that point, the Indians held the Wolves scoreless for the final 4 minutes, 34 seconds of the first half.
When Michigan City's Taylor Lavery hit a basket a the 4:36 mark of the third quarter -- the Wolves first of the second half -- Lake Central's lead swelled to 35-26.
"We'd done a great job on defense," Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. "We should have kept doing that."
A pair of 3s and a three-point play from Lavery were part of a 15-0 Michigan City run that extended into the fourth quarter, squeezing the Indians lead to 45-43.
Taylor Wilburn answered with a 3-pointer for Lake Central -- one of five Indians baskets from behind the arc -- to give his team a cushion that the Wolves couldn't overcome.
"We had a couple turnovers, which every time we had a lead tonight or mount a comeback, turnovers were tough for us tonight," Michigan City coach John Boyd said. "They would come in one or two and credit to Lake Central, they were able to hit the big shots when they needed and stave us off."
Lake Central picked up another 17 points from Tyler Wideman, who added a game-high eight rebounds and four blocks. Lavery paced the Wolves with 14 points as the scoring was spread between four key players. Ryan Taylor added 12 points and Darius Jenkins and Jabbar Washington had 10 each.
"We were able to stop them when they tried to get inside to the hole and Tyler made a few blocks," Robinson said. "They can't seem to score on him. We could stop them for a while. That's was how hard we should have played the whole game."