Giger makes Hobart pony up during rare appearance at the Corral

Junior strikes for career-high 34. Maxwell adds 19 points, seven assists.
Posted on Jan. 18, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Dimitri Giger might ask for more Elkhart Memorial games on Elkhart Memorial’s campus.

The junior poured in a career-high 34 points as the Crimson Chargers cruised by Hobart 71-54 in boys high school basketball Saturday, Jan. 18.

Due to the contest recently being rescheduled, it was moved from the Chargers’ typical home venue, North Side Gym, to on campus because Elkhart Central was already playing the same night at North Side.

“We rarely play or practice here, but we like it a lot,” Giger said of what’s sometimes called the Corral. “It’s kind of small, but I like it.”

And why wouldn’t he after Saturday?

Giger, flashing an assortment of inside moves and outside marksmanship, drained 13-of-17 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 at the arc, and 5-of-6 at the line in his second career contest in the gym. He also played when Memorial carved up Culver Academy 71-48 last season on the same court.

This time around, the Chargers won for the second straight evening — something they hadn’t happened to do since the 2011-12 season — to even their record at 6-6 heading into next Saturday’s showdown of the last two Northern Lakes Conference unbeatens at Northridge.

“The second half wasn’t pretty, kind of turned into an AAU game,” Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer said, “but the first half was probably as well as we’ve played this year. Of course, you always look good when you’re making shots.”

And the Chargers were making them, particularly during that first half while building a 45-22 lead.

Memorial hit 15-of-22 from the field before the intermission for 68 percent, including 8-of-12 on treys for 67 percent. The hosts finished the evening at 59 percent, including 10-of-16 on treys for 63 percent.

Giger tallied 17 points in each half and added a team-high eight rebounds for the night.

“I was feeling pretty good against Wawasee,” Giger said, alluding to the Chargers’ 56-46 road win Friday, “and then we had a workout this morning and I was hitting my shots, so I was feeling pretty good.”

“He had a great weekend,” Barnhizer said. “He had 15 (Friday), but they were 15 quality points and he made things happen on the court, and then tonight, he was pretty much dominant.”

Fellow junior Cameron Maxwell also completed a stellar weekend for Memorial, scoring 19 points, dishing a game-high seven assists and grabbing six boards. He was 7-of-9 from the field with five 3-pointers. A night earlier, he tallied 18 points and converted four triples.

“Cameron played really well (Friday) night and then I thought he followed it up pretty good,” Barnhizer said.

Junior Juan Lamar scored 16 points and piled up 15 rebounds for Hobart (3-8), but no other Brickie had more than seven points.

Even during a comfortable win, there was still a glaring issue for the Chargers. They were outscored 21-5 on second-chance points as Hobart pounded the glass hard on its way to a 40-29 rebounding advantage.

“There’s times we just can’t get a rebound,” Barnhizer said. “Our offseason, we’ve got to get stronger. Everybody we play against is bigger, stronger than our guys. Everybody. Some of that’s age, but some of it’s lack of (weight work).”

Memorial started the same lineup as Friday, when two Chargers made their starting debuts, and has started nine players overall this season. Only Giger has started every game.

“We needed to wake some people up,” Barnhizer said, “but that doesn’t mean they won’t be back in there. We just need to settle down. We’ve got young kids playing and sometimes making young mistakes.”


Hobart — Juan Lamar 8-20 0-2 16, Monte White 1-2 0-0 2, Uriah Baimakovich 3-6 1-2 7, Josh Kelly 2-11 3-5 7, Josh Uhles 2-6 1-4 5, Alec Parsanko 2-7 0-0 5, Donny Parlock 3-7 1-2 7, Shane Tomaga 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Catlin 2-7 0-0 5. Totals: 23-67 (.343) 6-15 (.400) 54.

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 13-17 5-6 34, Mikal McGuire 1-5 0-0 3, Michael O’Toole 2-7 1-2 5, Cameron Maxwell 7-9 0-0 19, Darrius Baker 1-1 0-0 2, Austin Miller 0-0 0-1 0, A.J. Gary 2-3 3-4 8, Rashad Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, Jon Bailey 0-2 0-0 0, Chris Kale 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Rose 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-44 (.591) 9-13 (.692) 71.

Scoring By Quarters

Hobart 8 14 13 19 — 54

Memorial 23 22 10 16 — 71

3-point goals: Hobart (2-13) — Parsanko 1-2, Catlin 1-3; Memorial (10-16) — Maxwell 5-7, Giger 3-4, McGuire 1-2, Gary 1-2.

Rebounds: Hobart (40) — Lamar 15, Baimakovich 6, Kelly 6; Memorial (29) — Giger 8, O’Toole 6, Maxwell 6.

Assists: Hobart (10) — Uhles 3, Parsanko 3; Memorial (22) — Maxwell 7, Baker 5, O’Toole 3, Miller 3.

Steals: Hobart (5) — Parlock 2; Memorial (1) — Maxwell.

Turnovers: Hobart 8, Memorial 11.

Fouls: Hobart 12, Memorial 20. Technicals — White, Kale.

Officials: Scott Geist, Roger Moore, Kerry Kemp.

Records: Hobart 3-8, Memorial 6-6.

Next: Hammond Clark at Hobart Wednesday, Jan. 22; Memorial at Northridge Saturday, Jan. 25.

JV: Memorial 42, Hobart 35. Top scorers: Memorial — A.J. Gary 15, Deante Dalton 9, Chris Kale 7; Hobart — Tyler Kenjic 13, Isaiah Gransberry 10. JV records: Memorial 9-3, Hobart 3-7.

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