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Balanced Chesterton Boys turn back Portage

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Portage's Evan Galindo might have been the best player on the floor Friday, but the Chesterton boys basketball team had strength in numbers.

While the Indians guard fought a flu bug to pour in a game-high 26 points, the Trojans countered in force, coming up a point from putting their whole starting five in double figures to prevail 66-61.

"He's electric," Chesterton coach Marc Urban said of Galindo. "Obviously, our focus was on him, but you end up focusing on him so much, others hurt you."

Galindo did most of his damage in a 12-point fourth quarter in an effort to rally Portage from a dozen points down, but the Trojans hit five of six free throws down the stretch to keep it from getting too close, capping a night when they did the bulk of their work inside.

"We felt we had a size advantage and we did a good job executing, trying to make an effort to get the ball down there," Urban said. "Ray (Yagelski) did a really good job running the team, getting us into what we needed to get into, trying to pound it down low. We're so much better when he does that. He's really come along the last couple games."

By no coincidence, Chesterton has won those three games. Freshman Jake Wadding scored 15 points and snagged 12 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Austin Peterson notched 14, Yagelski 12, Ky Palombizio 11 and Erik Ralph nine.

"They're very balanced," Portage coach Rick Snodgrass said. "They've got a good inside-outside game."

After a back-and-forth first half, Wadding helped the Trojans break out of a 30-30 tie with eight third-quarter points, all coming at the rim. He made five of six free throws in the fourth, his sole miss an ugly air ball that prompted a sheepish smile.

"It was one of our better games. I felt really good, attacking inside," Wadding said. "It's been a challenge. I have to work on my shooting over the summer to be more of a threat when they take away my inside game. I just have to keep grinding, keep my confidence up, drive and when they double down, kick it out."

"Jake's got a great motor," Urban said. "He gets himself in position and does a nice job of being crafty and finding a way to score."

Portage (6-14, 0-6) led briefly at 35-32 on one of Galindo's four treys. Chesterton answered with six in a row, Wadding and Ralph scoring off turnovers, and pushed the advantage to six on a Palombizio 3 and a Wadding spin move inside. The margin reached 12 (61-49) on a Peterson 3 in the fourth.

"Portage is a lot better than their record," Urban said. "We have to do a much better job rebounding, especially early. Those rebounds led to points."

Chesterton (12-7, 3-3 Duneland Athletic Conference) took just nine 3-pointers, but hit five of them, two each by Yagelski and Palombizio, and shot 54 percent from the field.

Chesterton 66, Portage 61

AT CHESTERTON

PORTAGE (16-14-11-20)

Evan Galindo 9-21 4-4 26, Maurion Martin 4-11 5-8 14, James Havrilla 3-5 2-2 8, Stephen Jansen 2-5 0-1 5, Zach Rudd 2-5 0-0 4, Greg Milledge 1-2 0-2 2, Ian Mulle 1-3 0-0 2, Kale Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Delgado 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 22-53 11-17 61.

CHESTERTON (20-10-18-18)

Ray Yagelski 5-9 0-1 12, Erik Ralph 3-6 3-3 9, Jake Wadding 5-11 5-6 15, Ky Palombizio 4-7 1-1 11, Austin Peterson 5-10 3-4 14, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 2-2 1-2 5, Harley Lohmeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 24-44 13-16 66.

3-point field goals: Portage 6 (Galindo 4, Martin, Jansen); Chesterton 5 (Yagelski 2, Palombizio 2, Peterson). Leaders -- Rebounds: Havrilla 8 (P); Wadding 12 (C). Assists: Galindo 3 (P); Yagelski 3 (C). Steals: Rudd 3 (P); Wadding 2 (C).

 

Posted 2/13/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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