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.
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.
balanced," Portage coach Rick Snodgrass said. "They've got a good
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
"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."
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
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
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.
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