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Boys Hoops team tips off season Saturday

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By TR HARLAN

High expectations can be a dangerous thing. And the Chesterton boys basketball team has them.

“High expectations is what you strive for,” second-year Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “The buzz is fun, but the bottom line, we still have a long way to go. We need to continue to grow as a team and not let outside expectations become our expectations.

“We have our own and we know how to get there through hard work every day in practice.”

The Trojans return a core group that logged a lot of minutes last season, led by senior All-Area selection Austin Peterson and talented sophomore Jake Wadding as they take the floor Saturday night at Gary Lighthouse Prep Academy.

“If we play the right way, unselfishly, I think we’ll be hard to guard. It all starts inside first though,” Urban said. “I think we can be very versatile. Austin can score down low and step out and shoot the three. Jake has developed his shot and they can play off each other.”

Seniors Ky Palombizio and Harley Lohmeyer are knock down shooters behind the arc as well.

“Ky just does so many things for us and Harley is a shooter,” Urban said. “We know we’ll get a different wave of people’s best game this year. That’s what you want and it’s up to us to rise to the occasion.”

The Trojans three-point depth gets a boost from juniors Jack Eaton and emerging Nick Mullen.

“Nick hit 2-3 three’s in the scrimmage and he’s starting to feel more comfortable in his game. His size creates some match-up problems for the other team,” Urban said. “Jack can knock down shots and is really solid and athletic for us in the backcourt.”

Junior Kolton Cardenas and sophomore Tyler Nelson are handling point guard duties, but will also get help from Eaton, Palombizio, Peterson and Wadding who all can handle the ball in transition.

“We want to get the ball out and go,” Urban said. “Teams are going to try and press us, we know that. Kolton and Tyler are more than capable of handling it and when we break the front line of a press, we have scorers in the back of it.”

Inside depth comes from senior Noah Mahoney, junior Drew VanderWoude and 6-foot-4 Michigan transfer Joshua Matthews.

“Josh is new, but he’s really fit in well,” Urban said. “He’s done a good job of learning on the fly and what we are trying to do. He’s getting better and better. Drew is athletic and is always in the right spot and Noah is so versatile and athletic. He can really help us in several areas.”

Defensively, the Trojans should be versatile as well, but will rely on their man-to-man when they need a stop.

“On the defensive end, we have to be connected for 32 minutes,” Urban said. “We’re deep, so I think we can play different ways. If we have to have a stop, it’ll be in man-to-man. We do have a lot of length and we’ll be able to mix it up on some teams when we need to as well.”

The key to the season will be managing those expectations and not getting complacent.

“We can’t settle for how things are going,” Urban said. “It’s great to have expectations, but it doesn’t really matter. We have to be better today than we were yesterday.”

 

Posted 11/24/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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