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Basketball: Bowman Academy blows out Chesterton boys

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You can heed advance warning to board up the windows and huddle in the basement, but until the storm hits, you just don’t know what the damage is going to be.

It’s much the same facing Bowman Academy’s relentless pressure defense.

“Their quickness, their athleticism, we can’t simulate that,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said after the Eagles wiped out the Trojans 82-60 on Tuesday. “They just impose their will on you.”

Bowman hounded, harried and hassled Chesterton into 28 turnovers, triggering a fast break that left the Trojans chasing the Eagles up and down the court all game.

“We put a lot of time in on defense,” Bowman coach Marvin Rea said.Ê “We take a lot of pride in our defense. We feel like our defense is our offense.”

Not that the Eagles (3-0) needed the offensive boost. They hit eight 3-pointers, including five by Arthur Haggard, who went off for 30 points.

“We saw them play Andrean and they only made two,” Peller said. “When they’re hitting their outside shots and they’re that quick, it’s hard to stop. They don’t have a lot of weaknesses.”

Chesterton (2-1) led just once, 4-2, on a Jake Wasielewski basket, but Bowman answered with a 10-0 run and followed that with a pair of eight-point spurts in the second quarter to forge a 22-point halftime advantage (49-27).

“I was pretty surprised we were able to jump out to a (big) lead,” Rea said. “Chesterton’s a good, well-coached team. We were really excited to have the chance to play a local suburban school from the Duneland Conference.”

The Eagles, playing a DAC team for the first time, pushed the spread to 28 in the third quarter before the Trojans were able to stem the tide. Chesterton trimmed the deficit to 16 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we competed,” Peller said. “We just had so many unforced turnovers. That was the difference in the game. Their pressure is very structured. They’re not just out there running around. It’s hard not to play (at their speed), but you can’t tell your kids to hold the ball. ÊThey’ll just come and trap you. You’re better off trying to score.”

Chris Palombizio and Cole Teal each withstood poor shooting nights, going a combined 6 of 22 from the field, yet managed to notch 14 points apiece. Sophomore Niles Dilosa contributed 11 and Wasielewski 10. Palombizio snagged seven rebounds and Corey Rusboldt handed out four assists.

“Four guys in double figures,” Peller said. “We had good balance.”

Of Chesterton’s 28 turnovers, 16 came on Bowman steals.

“It’s pretty impressive what Marvin’s done there,” Peller said. “They have a plan and they execute it very well.”

The Eagles, moved up to 3A this season after winning the 2A state title, didn’t miss a beat despite playing without Division I prospect Davon Dillard, who sat out the game. Justin King, a 6-7 center, backed Haggard with 16 points. Rea dressed 13 players and 12 of them saw action before garbage time.

“We’re only as good as the last guy off our bench,” Rea said. “The expectations are the same. They have to play defense and play hard.”

Chesterton travels to Gary Roosevelt on Friday.

“It’s a good learning thing, no matter what happens,” Peller said. “You want to play the best to see where you stand. It gives you a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses.”Ê

ÊBowman Academy 82, Chesterton 60


Bowman Academy (21-28-14-19)

Arthur Haggard 11-22 3-3 30, Raynard Perry 2-4 4-5 8, Darion Riddle 0-2 0-0 0, DeShawn Franklin 1-2 1-2 3, Martin Schiele 0-2 0-0 0, Austin Daniels 3-10 0-2 8, Akil McClain 0-3 0-0 0, Avery Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Justin King 6-13 3-3 16, Xavier Staples 2-2 0-0 4, Montrell Barfield 1-2 0-0 2, Anthony Cole 5-10 1-2 11. Totals -- 31-72 12-17 82.

Chesterton (10-17-15-18)

Andrew Ralph 0-2 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 4-12 4-4 14, Cole Teal 2-8 8-9 14, Rhyss Lewis 1-2 2-5 4, Corey Rusboldt 3-6 1-2 7, Niles Dilosa 3-7 5-7 11, Jacob Wasielewski 5-8 0-0 10, Trent Weller 0-1 0-0 0, Jimmy McGowan 0-1 0-2 0. Totals -- 18-47 20-29 60.

3-point field goals: Bowman Academy 8 (Haggard 5, Daniels 2, King); Chesterton 4 (Teal 2, Palombizio 2). Leaders -- Rebounds: Cole 8 (BA); Palombizio 7 (C). Assists: Daniels 3 (BA); Rusboldt 4 (C). Steals: Perry 5 (BA). Team fouls: Bowman Academy 22; Chesterton 17. Fouled out: None. Records: Bowman Academy 3-0; Chesterton 2-1.

Junior Varsity

Bowman Academy 40,

Chesterton 38

The Chesterton junior varsity basketball team dropped its first decision of the season 40-38 to Bowman Academy on Wednesday night.

Antwan Beeks led the Trojans with 15 points (2 assists), while Jared Struss added 12 points (3 assists, 2 steals). Jake Weber added seven points and 11 rebounds (3 assists).


Posted 12/11/2013