The La Porte Slicer boys' basketball team rode hot shooting and a smothering defense to a pair of wins on the opening day of the Steiner Homes Holiday Tourney at Slicer Gym. La Porte will play in the tournament championship game Friday at 5:30.
This is a three-day eight-team tourney. Wednesday’s pool consisted of Logansport, Kouts, Hanover Central, and the Slicers. Logansport defeated Kouts 50-48 in game one. La Porte defeated Hanover Central 64-44 in game two. Hanover Central defeated Kouts 42-35 in game three and the Slicers overwhelmed Logansport 55-23 in game four.
Thursday’s schedule is Game one South Bend Adams vs Lowell at 10 am, followed by Tippecanoe Valley and Lake Central at 11:30. The losers will play at 5:00 pm, followed by the winners. At noon, Friday’s games will pit Kouts against Thursday’s consolation loser for 7th place. Hanover Central vs the Thursday consolation winner at 1:30 for 5th place. Logansport vs the late game loser for 3rd at 4:00, followed by the Slicers vs the Thursday champ at 5:30.
LA PORTE 64 HANOVER CENTRAL 44
It was the Rylan Kieszkowski show in La Porte’s first-ever basketball game vs Hanover Central. Kieszkowski made 13 of 15 shots including four 3-pointers on the way to a 30-point morning. He was also at the point of La Porte’s swarming 1-3-1 trapping zone, which forced multiple turnovers and deflections.
La Porte led 18-12 after one period and 35-19 at the half. Hanover Central ran off the first 10 points of the 3rd quarter cutting the LP lead to 6. Kieszkowski scored 5 of the Slicer’s 6 points in the 3rd. LP led 41-33 after three. The Slicers pulled away in the 4 th quarter to cruise to a 20-point victory.
Ja’Meriyon Cross had 11 points and Kyle Kirkham 10 for the Slicers. La Porte was without point guard Malik Corley all day due to illness. Cross, Kirkham, and RJ Anglin shared point guard duties. Hanover Central was led by Chase Kuzma who had 16 points.
Kieszkowski was named the Salisbury and Spence Edward Jones Player of the Game.
LA PORTE 55 LOGANSPORT 23
This one was over early. The Slicers jumped out to a 19-1 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Kyle Kirkham scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter hitting 4 threes and a 2-point basket. LaPorte was up 31-10 at the half and 55-23 after three. Oddly, neither team scored in the 4 th quarter with backups for both teams playing most of the quarter.
Rylan Kieszkowski scored 14 and RJ Anglin 10 to go along with Kirkham’s 19. Anglin was named the Salisbury and Spence Edward Jones Player of the game. He scored 10 points and was the primary defender on Jacob Taylor, holding the 6’5 senior 10 points under his season average.
La Porte hit 9 three points in the Logansport game and a total of 15 on the day. The Slicers have now won five straight and wait to see who they will play in Friday’s 5:30 championship game.