To borrow a phrase from Ron Burgundy, that escalated quickly.
Up four points at halftime of Wednesday's game at Andrean, Chesterton needed
just 1:37 of the third quarter to push the lead to double figures and only
five more to expand it to 20.
It was all cosmetic from there as the Trojans coasted to a 69-46 victory,
their fifth in a row.
"I wasn't happy (at halftime)," coach Tom Peller said. "We dialed it up. We
came out and had great effort, we were more patient, we got inside shots.
Bam, bam, bam, it went from four points to 10. We set a good pace. Our
defense was solid. We didn't give them any second-chance opportunities. It
turned the tide of the game. We got on a roll there."
Jake Wasielewski and Chris Palombizio each scored nine points in the
decisive third quarter, actually registering Chesterton's first 16 of the
second half. At one point in the period, Andrean had more air balls (four)
than points (three), coach Scott Hicko burning two timeouts to
unsuccessfully stem the tide.
"We always tell them, especially in a close game, that you have come out
with intensity the first three minutes of the third quarter," Hicko said.
"You don't have another halftime to regroup. The intensity in the building
drops. Chesterton set the tone there. We were worried about their
physicality on defense. They just pushed out of a lot of our offensive sets.
We stood around. We didn't cut hard. We let them take everything away. When
they take it to you like that, you have to make them pay."
Peller pulled his starters with over five minutes left, Niles Dilosa
highlighting the stretch with a breakaway dunk.
"Niles has unlimited potential," Peller said.
The first half belonged to Corey Rusboldt, who stashed 16 points, including
four 3-pointers, to stake Chesterton to a lead that stood at as many as
seven. The Trojans (9-3) never trailed and were never tied after it was 5-5.
"Corey got us off to a great start," Peller said. "He's been playing better
lately, more consistenly. He's playing really good defense."
Rusboldt finished with 18 points, followed by Palombizio (15 and eight
rebounds), Wasielewski (13) and Dilosa (11). Trent Weller continued to
progress at point guard, doling out five assists. Rhyss Lewis chipped in
eight points and three steals.
"Trent's doing a great job, dictating the pace, moving the ball quick,"
Peller said. "He's playing his role really well. Chris was solid in the
second half, passing, scoring, playing defense."
While Chesterton continued its winning streak, the 59ers had their own
string halted at six games. Andrean shot 32 percent (to the Trojans' 56) and
had no one reach double figures.
"When you have things to work on, you need to practice," said Hicko, whose
team didn't practice Tuesday because of the heavy snow in Lake County. "But
that's not the reason we lost. They just played harder than us."
Chesterton plays at Crown Point (6-3) on Friday as it continues a four-game
road swing. It shares the Duneland Athletic Conference lead with Lake
Central and Michigan City.
Chesterton 69, Andrean 46
Trent Weller 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Ralph 0-0 1-2 1, Chris Palombizio 5-9 4-5 15,
Corey Rusboldt 6-9 2-2 18, Jacob Wasielewski 6-9 1-1 13, Rhyss Lewis 3-5 1-2
8, Niles Dilosa 5-5 1-1 11, Brandon Roeske 0-1 0-0 0, Jimmy McGowan 0-0 0-0
0, Patrick Tilden 0-3 0-2 0, Max Dille 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Weber 0-1 1-2 1.
Totals -- 26-46 11-17 69.
Nick Podkul 3-10 1-3 9, Colin Flowers 1-7 3-4 5, Parker Huttel 2-4 2-3 7,
Ben Davidson 0-4 5-8 5, Ramon Guerrero 1-5 1-2 3, John Daugherty 3-4 0-0 8,
Frank Podkul 0-2 0-0 0, Mathew Anjorin 3-4 3-3 9. Totals -- 13-40 15-23 46.
3-point field goals: Chesterton 6 (Rusboldt 4, Palombizio, Lewis); Andrean 5
(N. Podkul 2, Huttel, Daugherty 2). Leaders -- Rebounds: Palombizio 8 (C).
Asissts: Weller 5 (C). Steals: Lewis 3 (C). Fouled out: None. Records:
Andrean 6-4; Chesterton 9-3.