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Domination of Baptist Park sends Inter-City into district title game PHOTO GALLERY

  • Evan Kraatz and the high-flying Inter-City Baptist Chargers crushed Baptist Park 73-42 Wednesday night and advanced to take on Trillium Academy Friday night for the district tile. Photo gallery by Larry Caruso

Inter-City Baptist Coach Mark Kraatz said he likes his team to play a high intensity brand of basketball and that is exactly what the squad did Wednesday night against Baptist Park.

Luke Barber scored 29 points and Evan Kraatz poured in 24 to go along with 12 steals for the Chargers, who shook off a sloppy start to blow out the Wildcats 73-42 and advance to the Class D District final Friday against Trillium Academy.

“We knew that one of the keys was that we were going to have to keep the tempo up and wear them out a little bit,” said Kraatz. “We thought they were a good team, so we figured if we could continue to do that it would help us and eventually late we wore them down.”

Baptist Park was under siege the whole night. The undermanned Wildcats managed to keep it close for a half, but the Inter-City full court press forced 32 turnovers and Baptist Park seemed to run out of gas midway through the third quarter.

The Chargers came out of the gate slow missing 6-of-8 from the field to open the game and quickly fell behind Baptist Park 14-6 in the first, but Inter-City would use the long ball to get the lead back before the end of the quarter.

After missing its first five 3-pointers, the team hit three in the final three minutes, including a buzzer-beating shot off the glass shot by Evan Kraatz that went in way after the bank had closed, to retake the lead 15-14 heading into the second.

The two teams traded baskets before Inter-City turned up the pressure and swiped the rock from Baptist Park on five straight Wildcat possessions for a 9-0 run that pushed the lead to double-digits.

But Baptist Park battled back.

Anthony Kaminski scored six points late in the second to pull Baptist Park to within four heading into the break, 30-26.

That would be as close as the Chargers would let them get.

Barber scored 12 third quarter points and Evan Kraatz added 5 as Inter-City held Baptist Park to 17 percent shooting from the field and forced seven turnovers as the lead ballooned to 17.

“We just don’t have the horses like they do,” said Baptist Park Coach Bill Miller. “I thought we kept playing hard, it was just our short bench made it hard for us to compete. Our starting five, six guys just were tired.”

There was a lone bright spot in the quarter for the Wildcats. With 11.7 seconds remaining Kaminski nailed a jumper for career point 1000. The game was stopped and both sides of the bleachers cheered the junior guard.

“Anthony scoring 1000 as a junior, definitely proud of him,” said Miller.

Troy Kazalausdas had six points and six rebounds for the Chargers while Nathan Estell had three points and two boards in the win.

Kaminski finished with a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, for the Wildcats and Devante Schofield had six points and seven rebounds. Daniel Eubank had seven points for Baptist Park

After hitting 14 threes in its first district game, Inter-City shot 8-for-29 from behind the arc against Baptist Park and will look to continue the trend against Trillium Academy on Friday.

Trillium defeated Plymouth Christian 56-44 in the early game Wednesday.

After hitting 14 threes in its last game, Inter-City went 8-29 against Baptist Park.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 2:56:53 AM EST

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