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Boys Basketball falls 53-52 in Sectional Finals

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One more basket. Somewhere. Anywhere.

The Chesterton boys basketball team dropped a 53-52 decision to Valparaiso in the IHSAA Sectional Championship on Saturday night at Valpo High.

“Our intent was obviously to win tonight,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “The support we’ve had throughout the year has been phenominal. We’re disappointed we couldn’t get it done.”

The Trojans led 39-30 after three free throws from Jake Warren with 5:23 to play before Valpo made its run.

The Vikings scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 39-38 before two more Warren free throws made it 41-38.

Another 4-0 run by the Vikings thanks to a 1-court trapping press led to a 10-1 run that put them ahead 48-42.

“Jake (Wadding) went out and they made a comeback,” Urban said. “I don’t know if his nose is broke or not, but with Jake out there bleeding and then having to take him out, that’s a big piece to lose in a game like this.”

Wadding scored 14 points before leaving the game near the end of the third quarter and halfway through the fourth quarter. He attempted just one shot after coming back into the game.

“We were still trying to attack (against the trap), but when you take Jake (Wadding) out of the middle, it just changes things,” Urban said. “They had a lot of length and we had some turnovers and missed a couple layups at the basket. You lose your best player at that time. They were extremely physical with him all night. He went for a layup and his nose gets hit. You take him out of there and it’s a huge loss for us.”

A three-pointer by Travis Grayson cut the lead to 48-45 with 41.6 seconds left and another Grayson basket after a pair of missed free throws cut it to 48-47 with 27 seconds left.

“We had a chance late and didn’t make plays when we had a chance to,” Urban said.

Valparaiso went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final 19.2 seconds to secure the win.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys and the year they had and what they’ve done for our program,” Urban said. “These kids are special. I’m lucky to have coached them.”

It was the final game for seniors Wadding, Warren and Alex Schmidt.

“We’d be talking all night if I had to talk about those three seniors,” Urban said. “What those guys have meant to our program is unbelievable. They’ve bought in and worked so hard. They’ve done a great job of getting our program a lot of respect.

“I’m sure going to miss them, but they’ve left the example of what it takes to be successful.”

Valparaiso 53, Chesterton 52


Chesterton (13-12-11-16)

Travis Grayson 6-14 3-5 19, Sean Elliott 1-4 0-0 2, Jake Wadding 6-11 2-2 14, Alex Schmidt 1-6 0-0 2, Jake Warren 0-0 7-8 7, Luke Lombardini 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Vanderwoude 3-4 0-0 8, Chris Mullen 0-0 0-0 0, Charlie Eaton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-40 12-15 52.

Valparaiso (15-5-8-25)

Colton Jones 1-3 4-6 6, Breece Walls 1-2 2-2 4, Brandon Mack 2-4 4-4 10, CJ Opperman 6-9 2-2 15, Cooper Jones 3-7 5-7 11, Mason Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Tommy Cavanaugh 1-1 0-0 3, Grant Comstock 1-2 0-0 2, Rowland Sorrick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-31 17-21 53.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 6-12 (Grayson 4-4, Elliott 0-2, Schmidt 0-3, Lombardini 0-1, Vanderwoude 2-2); Valparaiso 4-6 (Walls 0-1, Mack 2-2, Opperman 1-2, Cavanaugh 1-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 16 (Wadding 4); Valparaiso 23 (Coop. Jones 11). Steals: Chesterton 7 (Grayson 2, Eaton 2); Valparaiso 3 (Coop. Jones 2). Assists: Chesterton 7 (Schmidt 3); Valparaiso 8 (Walls 4).


Posted 3/9/2020




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