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Inter-City hammers Lutheran South to open playoffs, advances to face Baptist Park

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Three players reached double figures and nine others scored for Inter-City Baptist as the Chargers used a dominate shooting performance to crush Lutheran South 82-26 at home Monday night to set up a district semi-final match against Baptist Park on Wednesday.

Luke Barber led the way for Inter-City (15-6) with 17 points while Garrett Kraatz and Nathan Estell each scored 14 to pace the Chargers. Michael Roebeke was the lone bright spot for South, scoring a game-high 18 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

“I thought the guys played well,” said Inter-City Coach Mark Kraatz. “They came out and shot well. Hopefully that will continue.”

Scoring early and often, the Chargers came out of the gates on fire as they built a double-digit lead before the overwhelmed Saints could get on the board. Barber hit three 3-pointers in the first and Inter-City went into the second leading 23-9.

It didn’t get much better for South in the second.

Inter-City opened the second quarter on an 11-0 run to essentially put the game away. Kraatz scored nine of his 14 in the game’s second eight minutes and a dunk by Barber with 3:19 remaining brought the fans to their feet as the Chargers went into the half with a 30-point lead 44-14.

The break didn’t cool off the hot shooting Chargers. The team hit six more 3-pointers and eight, that’s right eight, different players scored in the third for Inter-City and its lead balloon to 54 heading into the fourth.

Inter-City emptied its bench and the running clock rule was in effect in the final quarter. Jon Goering hit two of the Chargers’ 14 3-pointers in the fourth as Inter-City coasted.

Coach Kraatz said he is looking forward to playing Baptist Park (16-4, 11-3) in the next round.

“It going to be a tough game,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to play them.”

Brady Fressel scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds for Inter-City. Troy Kazlausdas scored five and added seven boards in the win.

Connar Carr had four points for the Saints in a losing effort.

Last Updated: 3/4/2014 12:44:33 AM EST