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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Inter-City dominates Allen Park in crosstown battle

They weren’t too efficient on offense, but the Allen Park Inter-City Baptist Chargers hit shots when it mattered on Friday night, and that helped them beat an Allen Park team that played sloppy basketball from start to finish.

A quick start and seven three-pointers in the game propelled the Chargers to a 62-40 win over the Jags (now 2-1) to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Inter-City busted out of the gate with an 18-5 run to start the game, forcing Allen Park Coach Jim Victor to call a quick timeout to regroup. But the Chargers stayed hot following the breather and were led by the Kraatz brothers, who teamed up to score 12 of Inter-City’s 22 first-quarter points.

The Chargers took a 15-point lead into the second quarter and were able to build upon it thanks to their work on the offensive glass. Late in the half, a couple offensive boards led to a wide open three-pointer by Evan Kraatz which served as a bit of a microcosm of the Chargers’ night. They took a 34-16 lead into halftime after thoroughly controlling the first two quarters of play.

Things got a little chippy in the second half as the Jags were hit with two technical fouls on separate incidents. On top of that, Allen Park fouled Inter-City on two three-point attempts. The Chargers made the Jags pay for all of this by hitting nine of the 10 free throws that stemmed from the Jags’ lack of focus and visible frustration.

Victor said his team’s inability to keep their composure halted any chance it had of coming back.

“We just didn’t have it tonight but at least we played hard in the second half,” Victor said. “One thing we didn’t do, though, was keep our composure and we always need to do that, no matter what. Regardless of what’s going on in the game we need to play with class and tonight we lost our composure a little bit. We got frustrated toward the end of the game but we already addressed it and know what we need to do moving forward.”

The Chargers missed a fair share of open looks in the second half but just like in the first two quarters of play, their presence on the glass and prowess from behind the three-point line helped to hide their flaws, especially since Allen Park was largely unable to grab key rebounds. They also missed even more bunnies than Inter-City.

Luke Barber played well for the Chargers down the stretch, hitting two big treys on his way to 10 second-half points (14 points overall) and helping Inter-City go up by as many as 29 points early in the fourth quarter. The Jags cleaned up a bit in garbage time, but the Chargers still did enough to win the game by 22 points.

Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz said he thought his team played very hard on Friday night.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well but we played hard and that’s all that matters,” Kraatz said. “I’d like to think that if we can shoot it well we can really be explosive. But our defense played well, we made it so that they couldn’t really get into an offensive flow.”

Evan Kraatz scored 16 points in the game to lead all scorers. Barber, Garrett Kraatz and Zach Riddle of the Chargers each grabbed six boards on a night where Inter-City out-rebounded Allen Park 37-29.

Adam McJunkin led Allen Park in scoring with 12 points and also grabbed six boards. Jake Barann led the team in rebounds with seven off the bench.

The Jags will look to get back in the win column when they square off with a very solid Truman team on Tuesday night, while the 2-0 Chargers will head to Cabrini next Friday to battle the Monarchs.

Last Updated: 12/14/2013 1:14:51 AM EST

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