(South Bend, IN) - The La Porte Slicer boys basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat South Bend Riley 60-51 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night in South Bend.
Riley jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening quarter and didn’t trail until the 3rd. Six different Riley players scored in the opening quarter as the Wildcats led 15-10 after the 1st quarter.
La Porte came alive offensively in the 2nd period, led by 10 points from Rylan Kieszkowski. They tied the game at 27 before Riley hit the final 2nd quarter basket to lead 29-27 at halftime.
The Wildcats scored the first basket of the 3rd quarter to take a 31-27 lead before La Porte ran off 12 straight points taking their first lead. This was the only lead change in the game. Solid Slicer defense held Riley to just three 3rd quarter points. La Porte held a 41-32 advantage heading into the 4th.
In the final stanza, the Slicers led by as many as 15 points before Riley rallied behind a turnover forcing press and two long 3 pointers by Manny Hill. The lead was cut to 5 before La Porte iced it with 14-22 free throw shooting in the quarter. La Porte scored only two baskets in the 4th, a 3 pointer by Kieszkowski and a layup from Kyle Kirkham.
The steady Kirkham had 19 points to top La Porte. He scored four in the 1st quarter and five in each of the final three periods. He hit two 3 pointers, four 2 point shots and was 3-4 from the foul line. Kieszkowski finished with 18 points including four 3’s. Point guard Malik Corley had 10, Tommy Samuelson 7, and Ja’Meriyon Cross 6. Sophomore Nic Spence did not score coming off the bench but was solid defensively and came up with several loose balls.
Point guard Marvin Shindler led Riley with 12 points with Hill adding 10. 6’5’ Payton Baird had 8 and was a major force rebounding.
La Porte did turn the ball over 20 times against Riley’s aggressive, pressing man to man defense. The Slicers hit six 3 pointers and finished 18-27 from the foul line.
The Slicers were without RJ Anglin, who is recovering from a football injury and is due back in December. Dylan Salisbury was unavailable due to family commitments.
The La Porte JV team led wire to wire in an impressive 43-27 win. Jose Duarte and Freshman Sawyer Tonagel each scored 10 for La Porte. Gage Raymond had 9 and Javelle Broome scored 7.
La Porte will travel to Fishers for a 12:30 game Saturday. The JV game will tipoff at 11:00.