game between visiting East Chicago Central and Toledo Scott kept
expecting East Chicago to break out and drive Scott out of the Owens
College gym. But until the game’s final moments it never happened. Yes, heavily favored East Chicago prevailed, 74-66, but it was anything but an easy victory.
TOLEDO – For most of Sunday nearly all the spectators in attendance at the game between visiting East Chicago Central and Toledo Scott kept expecting East Chicago to break out and drive Scott out of the Owens College gym. But until the game’s final moments it never happened.
Yes, heavily favored East Chicago prevailed, 74-66, but it was anything but an easy victory.
East Chicago, led by Memphis State bound Angel Garcia, was much taller than Scott and out rebounded the Bulldogs badly, 38-21, but all afternoon the out-of-state squad could not shake Scott. Time after time, East Chicago would build a five to seven point lead only to find Scott battling back.
Scott had a chance to pull within 2 points late in the game but the experienced East Chicago cagers put their game in overdrive and, even though the Bulldogs remained close down the stretch, they never seriously challenged.
“They never gave up,” said East Chicago coach Abrian Brown. “They keep coming at you. They seem like a team that don’t (sic) get rattled too easily and therefore when we have a team like that they will always stay within the game but we did what we had to do in the end to put a victory up.”
The Bulldogs stayed in the game against East Chicago by doing a good job of taking care of the ball. After a first quarter in which the Bulldogs turned the ball over 5 times they only committed 7 additional turnovers the rest of the game. This factor allowed the Bulldogs to run their offense but the presence of East Chicago’s Angel Garcia and Kawann Short, headed to Purdue next year to play football, in the paint it made the going tough in the paint and the smaller Bulldogs were forced to take their offense to the outside.
Unfortunately, the Bulldog sharpshooters were not up to the task.
“Well they are a lot bigger than us,” said Scott coach Joe Suboticki, “ but I thought we played well with them. I don’t think they murdered us on the boards but we did have too many easy baskets on transition. I think that’s what hurt us the most. I thought we did a pretty good job with the big guys, myself.”
East Chicago took full advantage of their height advantage by scoring the majority of their points from their two big men, Angel Garcia and Kawann, Short. Garcia and Short both scored 21 points with most of those points coming off shots that were no more than five foot from the basket.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, had to be more creative offensively. Senior guard Antwan Jones had a big game by scoring 17 but had considerable support from fellow guard David Sweeney with 14 and junior post player Owen Dotson with 15. Dotson’s effort was particularly impressive as his points came inside where he had to avoid the long, outstretched arms of East Chicago’s Garcia and Short.
Despite the loss Scott coach Suboticki was complimentary of his team.
“I’m proud of them. I thought we played well. We held our own. For them to be the champs of Chicago we did alright.”