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Big 2nd half lifts Trojan Boys to 67-60 win

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It took 24 minutes to get going, but once they did, it was business as usual.

The Chesterton boys basketball team scored 44 second half points and ran its win streak to nine with a 67-60 non-conference victory over Hammond High on Tuesday night.

“(Hammond) is scrappy and they have a lot of guys that can put it on the floor,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “They are relentless and can shoot it. For us, it was a great game to play at this time of the year.”

The Trojans struggled early as they turned the ball over against the Wildcats press and gave up offensive rebounds. Hammond built a 19-12 lead early in the second quarter.

“We knew it would be a fast game. That’s how Hammond plays and they’re good at it,” Urban said. “We wanted to dictate tempo as much as we could. We gave up six offensive rebounds and had seven turnovers in the first half and we just can’t do that.”

Enter Josh Matthews.

The senior scored six straight points for the Trojans to cut the lead to 21-18. After a 3-point play, Austin Peterson hit two free throws and Tyler Nelson’s (10 points) triple pulled Chesterton within 24-23 at the half.

“At this time of year, everybody has to know their number might be called and you have to produce,” Urban said. “Josh did that for a stretch for us in the second quarter.”

Things turned early in the third quarter as the Trojans went on a quick 6-3 run to take a 29-27 lead. A 9-0 run that included four Jake Wadding points and five from Ky Palombizio pushed the lead to 38-31.

Wadding scored 10 points in the quarter on his way to a team-high 22 points.

“I thought Jake did a good job inside,” Urban said. “We got him the ball down low, and he’s so strong and athletic, that he’s hard to defend. I was really happy that we were able to get the ball in the low post and take advantage of our size. I was pleased we controlled the tempo.”

The Wildcats never got closer than 47-42 early in the fourth quarter as Chesterton hit on 17-of-23 shots (74 percent) from the floor and turned the ball over just four times.

“Our young ballhandlers are just continuing to get better,” Urban said. “They keep learning and trying to improve. In the second half, we did a better job of coming back to the basketball and giving them more options against the press.”

Peterson scored 10 of his 17 points in the final period and the Trojans made eight free throws to set the final score.

“Our seniors are really doing a good job of leading right now,” Urban said. “I was proud of these guys for coming out after a tough first half and really getting the ball where we needed to get it.”

Chesterton returns to the court on Friday night when they host Valparaiso. The JV game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

“It’s a big game,” Urban said. “We need to win it to stay in the DAC race.”

Chesterton 67, Hammond 60


Hammond (12-12-14-22)

Amiri Young 7-15 4-4 23, Reggie Abram 1-7 0-0 2, Montell Bates 1-6 2-2 4, Sharmar Hale 0-0 0-0 0, Immanuel Anderson 5-10 0-2 10, Jalain Cook 1-1 0-0 2, Dale James 2-2 1-1 5, Malik Miller 4-7 6-7 14, Jamar Styles 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 13-16 60.

Chesterton (10-13-22-22)

Tyler Nelson 3-4 3-4 10, Jake Wadding 10-15 2-6 22, Noah Mahoney 1-1 0-0 2, Ky Palombizio 3-8 1-2 8, Austin Peterson 5-8 6-6 17, Josh Matthews 3-4 0-0 6, Harley Lohmeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 1-1 0-0 2, Jack Eaton 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Mullen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-42 12-18 67.

3-point field goals: Hammond 5-15 (Young 5-8, Abram 0-4, Bates 0-3); Chesterton 3-10 (Nelson 1-1, Palombizio 1-4, Peterson 1-4, Lohmeyer 0-1). Rebounds: Hammond 28 (Anderson 11); Chesterton 21 (Peterson 6). Steals: Hammond 6 (Young 2, Miller 2); Chesterton 5 (Palombizio 2). Assists: Hammond 9 (Abram 6); Chesterton 16 (Peterson 4).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 58, Hammond 46

The Chesterton junior varsity improved to 14-5 on the season with a 58-46 victory over Hammond on Tuesday night.

Offensively, Alex Schmidt led the Trojans with 15 points, while Jake Warren (12 points) and Adam Juestel (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Rounding out the scoring were Tyler VanderWoude (9 points), Sean Elliott (8 points), Grant Pearson (2 points) and Jack Tilden (2 points).


Posted 2/14/2018





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