MUNSTER | It was a tale of two halves. The first half was ugly. The second was rugby and poetry combined and still Mike Hackett wasn't happy.
“We just beat a very good team by 24,” said Hackett, Munster's boys basketball coach. “So that's good.
"My guys play very hard every second of the game. But I'm frustrated about our execution; guys being in the right place at the right time. We have to get better.”
In Times No. 4 Munster's 65-41 win over Michigan City, the 'Stangs only led 21-20. But a 23-9 third quarter blew open any suggestion of a close game.
Junior guard Drew Hackett put it simply, just what you'd expect from a coach's son.
“We had to keep our same game plan,” Drew Hackett said. “Play defense. Guard your man and rebound because they have some really athletic guys.”
Munster (10-3) outrebounded the Wolves (8-3) 36-31. But they held Michigan City to 32.5 percent shooting for the floor. Munster was .222 percent in the first half but .591 in the second half.
“We relaxed,” Drew Hackett said. “We made the extra pass. We played tight in the first half.”
Hackett led Munster with 17 points, Nikola Mandic added 14, Adam Ostoich scored 12 and Pat McCarthy had 11.
“We shared the ball more in the second half,” Drew Hackett said.
Michigan City's Keenan Simmons was averaging 23 points a game before Wednesday's game. He only had 11 against Munster.
Still, the Wolves are off to their best start since coach John Boyd arrived there five years ago. Boyd picked up his 200th career win Friday at Valparaiso.
“I guess it means I've been around long enough in the greatest state for high school basketball in America,” said Boyd before the game, who led West Side to the 2002 Class 4A state title.