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Curie gets crushed in Indy shootout

12/15/2012, 11:27pm CST
By Brian Peloza

Curie junior center Cliff Alexander had 18 points and five rebounds, but Curie fell 73-51 to host Indianapolis Tech Saturday in the Indy Legacy Indiana vs. Illinois Showcase.

Whatever momentum Curie had from its overtime win over Hyde Park on Thursday didn’t last long.

It’s debatable if it even showed up with the Condors in Indianapolis on Saturday in the Indy Legacy Indiana vs. Illinois Showcase.

Indianapolis Tech, host of the event, opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 73-51 win over Curie.

The Titans finished the first quarter on a 17-5 run to take a 29-10 lead after one quarter. Tech then pushed the lead to 20-plus points early in the second quarter and led 49-22 at halftime.

“We had no energy and it was like we just got off the highway and walked in to play a game,” Curie coach Mike Oliver said. “Our intensity is the problem. OK, we won a big game on Thursday against Hyde Park but then we come in here and just lay an egg. We didn’t compete at all.”

Some outsiders labeled the game as Tech’s Trey Lyles vs. Curie’s Cliff Alexander. Lyles is a Rivals.com five-star recruit who originally committed to play for Indiana but has since reopened his recruiting. Alexander is also a Rivals.com five-star recruit.

Lyles finished with a game-high 24 points, while Alexander had 18 points and five rebounds. The hype of a potential 1-on-1 matchup never materialized due to the lopsided nature of the game, along with Lyles’ intent to get teammates involved, as he scored just eight points in the decisive first half.

“If it was about him and Cliff, then Trey would have shot it everytime,” Tech coach Jason DeLaney said, noting Lyles is leading the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. “He believes in his teammates. It’s hard in this stage not to get caught up in it, but he was looking to pass and find open looks for his teammates.”

Marcelli Davis scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Curie (2-4), preventing a lopsided score from being worse.

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