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Lutheran pulls away from Indian Creek in a battle of two ranked teams

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 1:19 AM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - With no state basketball tournament to decide a champion, teams are finding ways to test themselves against some of the top teams in the area. Lutheran added a game against Class 1A powerhouse Indian Creek late last week. It was the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Crusaders were rewarded with a 97-78 victory at home.

Lutheran is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A in the latest AP prep boys basketball Top 10 rankings released on Tuesday. Indian Creek checks in at No. 2 in the aforementioned Class 1A.

The Timberwolves jumped out to an early 15-4 lead and led 23-21 after the first. However, the Crusaders outscored Indian Creek 57-34 over the next two quarters, including a 32-point third quarter.

Zach Derus continues to be a scoring machine for Lutheran (8-0, 6-0). The senior guard knocked down seven three pointers in route to a game-high 32-point performance. Walter Hill Jr. scored 17 and Tyler Penney added 13. Indian Creek (6-1, 1-0) was led by Mike Lampson with 20.

Lutheran plays three of its final four “regular season” games at home before the Big Northern Conference tournament starts on Friday, March 5.

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