PORTAGE | Rick Snodgrass has his Portage boys basketball team playing its best games of the season at the right time.
The Indians picked up their third straight victory by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and upend LaPorte 55-51 in Duneland Athletic Conference action Friday night.
Portage trailed 46-44 with three minutes to play, but Jordan Collazo put the Indians ahead for good with baskets on back-to-back possessions. His drive through the lane tied the game, and then he gave Portage a 48-46 lead on a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line.
“We’ve won three in a row because we finally started hitting some key shots,” Snodgrass said. “I’m happy for our kids. They beat a good team there.”
Collazo scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He converted a three-point play off of a steal with 34.3 seconds to play to put the Indians up 53-47.
“David Clegg, Jacob Bearss and Michael Lattanzi set really good ball screens for Jordan that allowed him to get some open looks, and knocked them down,” Snodgrass said.
The Indians (10-9, 2-5) were 6-of-12 from the field in the fourth quarter and were 17-of-36 for the game. Portage also made nine 3-pointers and eight 2-pointers.
“That’s what was open,” Snodgrass said. “We knew we were going to have to hit some outside shots. It’s the same shots we’ve been taking all year, we’re just hitting them now.”
Luke Kizer scored 21 points to lead the Indians.
The Slicers led from the midway point of the second quarter to the midway point of the fourth, but their largest lead was five.
“We didn’t get any separation,” LaPorte coach Tom Wells said. “They hit some big shots and we got in some foul trouble and that softened us up defensively. They made a lot of big plays.”
Gage Ott had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead LaPorte (12-7, 3-4).
Josh Fleming added 12 points and five assists for the Slicers.