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Balanced Trojans ease past Hammond Morton

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HAMMOND -- It came easily and then it didn’t.

Chesterton’s 81-73 win over Morton on Wednesday showed glimpses of both what makes the Trojans good and what could keep them from being great down the road of the season.

Fifty percent shooting and a dominant edge on the boards helped forge a 22-point edge in the fourth quarter, but a rash of turnovers, which totalled 22 for the game, were enough to take the smile off coach Marc Urban’s face.

“The turnovers were our doing,” Urban said. “We have to make better decisions, be tougher as a group with the basketball. One, give Morton credit. They kept battling. We got really comfortable up 20. We stopped executing and that’s on me. I have to do a better job coaching. We’re turning it over way too much.”

As was the case in its 24-turnover opener, a one-sided win over Lighthouse, the Trojans (2-0) really hummed when they had it in gear, forging a double-digit lead in the second quarter that swelled to 22 in the third and once again in the fourth.

“We’ve got a lot of scorers on the team,” Ky Palombizio said. “When we’re passing it around, you feel like the basket is four times wider. The more touches you get, the more energy the ball gets, and you just have to plug it.”

Playing with his knee 100 percent after an ACL injury as a sophomore and a meniscus tear as a junior, Palombizio looked confident, providing the outside element in a balanced attack by banging five 3s among his 21 points.

“It’s awesome. I’ve been playing with these guys all my life,” he said. “We just have to go out and grind, keep working hard in practice. It’s a long season.”

While the jumper wasn’t falling for Austin Peterson, he feasted inside and at the foul line, where he was seven of eight, on his way to 19 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Nelson took the ball to the rim aggressively, scoring 14 points and Jake Wadding added 11 to go with six assists.

“We have five guys on the floor who are a threat,” Urban said. “We have to play inside-out. When we’re sharp, not playing outside ourselves, when we share the ball, we’re really hard to guard. That’s how we were when we made our runs. We have to do it for 32 minutes.”

Chesterton had three 3s and seven players score in the first quarter, going in front 20-14. Palombizio had a pair of triples in the second quarter when the Trojans asserted their backboard dominance, Joshua Matthews nabbing five of his seven caroms. Peterson did most of his damage in the third quarter, when Chesterton doubled its 41-30 halftime advantage. The spread remained 22 in the fourth quarter before Morton was able to chip away at the deficit, cutting it at all the way to seven in the final minute at 78-71. Urban had pulled his starters with the sizeable lead, but put them back in for the final 85 seconds to secure the outcome.

"I felt we were very undisciplined at times and we weren’t really good defensively the whole time,” Urban said. “Maybe it’ll be a good wakeup call for us.”

Omarion Brown blew up for 16 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to ignite the Governors (1-2), who lost Tuesday at Andrean. Athletic Morton matched Chesterton with four double-figure scorers but couldn’t compete inside.

“We had to do a lot of little things to get back in the game,” Morton coach Robert Hall said. “A few times, we didn’t pick them up and they got some easy lauyups. Chesterton’s a really good team.”

Urban used 11 players before halftime and 10 of them scored.

Chesterton 81, Morton 73

AT HAMMOND MORTON

CHESTERTON (20-21-24-16)

Austin Peterson 6-13 7-8 19, Ky Palombizio 7-14 2-4 21, Noah Mahoney 1-4 0-0 2, Jake Wadding 5-6 1-2 11, Tyler Nelson 5-7 4-7 14, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 3-4 3, Jack Eaton 1-3 0-0 3, Nick Mullen 1-2 1-1 3, Harley Lohmeyer 1-4 0-0 3, Joshua Matthews 1-3 0-0 2, Drew Vanderwoude 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 28-56 18-26 81.

MORTON (14-16-15-28)

Khyre Hines 6-13 1-2 14, Omarion Brown 8-13 2-6 20, Emonte Collins 1-4 2-2 4, Tracy Siggers 0-4 0-0 0, C.J. Triplett 2-5 1-2 5, Kris Mingo 4-9 2-3 11, Kashon Prather 2-4 1-2 5, Kionne Layne 4-15 2-2 12, John Lytle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 28-68 11-19 73.

3-point field goals: Palombizio 5, Cardenas 1, Eaton (C); Layne 2, Brown 2, Hines, Mingo (M). Leaders -- Rebounds: Peterson 10 (C); Triplett 4, Collins 4 (M). Assists: Wadding 6 (C); Triplett 3 (M). Steals: Palombizio 2 (C); Hines 3 (M). Team fouls: Chesterton 13, Morton 20. Fouled out: None. Technical foul: Prather (M). Records: Chesterton 2-0, Morton 1-2. JV -- Morton won.

 

Posted 11/30/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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