Lakers defeat Union for first win
DUGGER -- Behind a career night from Brodie Crowe, the Shakamak Lakers earned its first victory of the high school boys basketball season.
Crowe made seven 3-pointers and finished with 38 points to lead the Lakers to a 59-33 victory over host Union in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game here Saturday night.
Crowe scored 11 points in the opening quarter, including three of his treys, as the Lakers took a 21-12 cushion.
Crowe, who's previous high was 30 points, matched his first quarter output the second stanza. His steal and hoop just before the end of the half gave the Lakers a 32-18 advantage at intermission.
"Brodie shot it really well tonight," SHS coach Steve Brett told the media afterwards. "He really got into a groove from the outside.
"He was very active and did a good job of getting some putbacks as well."
The Lakers won for the first time in three games, squaring their record in the conference at 1-1.
"Although the guys were not really happy with the way they shot it (20 of 57), they did a lot of good things tonight," said Brett. "We did a much better job of taking care of the basketball. I think we had just four turnovers in the first half (finishing with six).
"But Union didn't apply a lot of pressure. It was a perfect game, but it was good to play pretty well and get our first win."
Union, who played without starting center Ethan Fettig (illness), remained winless at 0-5, slipping to 0-3 in the SWIAC.
The Bulldogs committed 24 turnovers and missed 19 of 32 shots. Because of the turnovers and 17 offensive rebounds by the Lakers, Shakamak had 25 more shots at the basket.
After Crowe and Union's Trey Bedwell exchanged 3-pointers at the start of the game to forge the only tie, both teams went on streaks as a 6-0 spurt put the Lakers ahead 9-3.
Union bounced back with a seven-point run, taking a 10-9 lead on one of two 3-pointers by Zac Birdsong midway in the first quarter.
Brandon Morin then knocked down a 15-foot jumper, putting the Lakers ahead for good at 11-10, the second and final lead change.
They scored 12 in a row, capped by a Crowe 3-pointer, before Bedwell hit two free throws to cut the lead to nine at the end of the opening period.
Union only managed 13 points in the middle quarters as Shakamak went ahead by 23 points - 48-25 after a steal and basket by Crowe.
The lead reached 25 points -- 54-29 after a basket by Kyle Schubla with five minutes and 20 seconds remaining.
An offensive rebound by Crowe in the final minute made it 59-31, with that 28-point margin being the largest of the game.
Patrick Green had eight points for the Lakers, Morin and Schubla finished with six each.
Union was led by forward Ian Hamburg, who scored 10 points, Austin Robertson had eight points and four blocks. Birdsong finished with six.
Union will play at Hutsonville-Palestine, Ill Tuesday, starting with the preliminary game at 6:15 p.m.
The Lakers will host Linton-Stockton in another SWIAC game Friday.
SHAKAMAK (59) - Patrick Green 2 4-4 8, Brandon Morin 1 4-4 6, Jeff Bessling 0 1-2 1, Brodie Crowe 14 3-3 38, Kyle Schubla 3 0-0 6, Dylan Collins 0 0-0 0, Mark West 0 0-0 0, Braden Cox 0 0-2 0, Jake Walters 0 0-0 0, Christian Burris 0 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 12-15 59.
UNION (33) - Ian Hamburg 5 0-0 10, Austin Robertson 4 0-0 8, Zac Birdsong 2 0-0 6, Sterling Langley 0 1-2 1, Trey Bedwell 1 2-2 5,
Brayden Talley 1 1-1 3, Melidian Maze 0 0-0 0, Dakota Chesterfield 0 0-0 0, Clay Figg 0 0-0 0. Totals 13-32 4-5 33.
Shakamak 21 11 16 11 - 59
Union 12 6 7 8 - 33
3-point shooting -- Shakamak 7 (Crowe 7), Union 3 (Bedwell, Birdsong 2). Fouls -- Shakamak 10, Union 10. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Shakamak 29 , Union 29. Turnovers -- Shakamak 6, Union 24.