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.
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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 --