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Chesterton Boys Basketball beats Valpo 71-61

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By TR HARLAN

The crowd showed up and so did the Trojans.

The Chesterton boys basketball team gave themselves a chance at their first DAC title since 2008 with a 71-61 victory over Valparaiso on Friday night.

“The atmosphere was great and that was a great basketball game,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “It’s nice to play a game like that on your home floor when you are hosting the Sectional in a couple weeks. Proud of our guys. “We just stuck with it and did the things you need to do to win.”

Chesterton set the tone early with its defense and built an 18-8 lead after one quarter.

“After the Hammond game, we had some seniors step up and say that we have to get locked in right now and they did a really good job of guarding Valpo collectively,” Urban said. “They are so good that you knew they would make shots.”

Tyler Nelson and Jack Eaton finished off an 8-0 run to end the first period that extended to 11-0 with a basket from Jake Wadding and a Nelson free throw.

Nelson finished with a career-high 16 points, while Wadding added 15.

“Tyler is coming along really well,” Urban said. “He just keeps getting better. He’s always been a scorer, but he’s getting more aggressive on the offensive end and do that for us.”

Seniors Austin Peterson, Ky Palombizio and Noah Mahoney added 10, nine and eight points each.

“Our seniors don’t lead with just fluff words. It’s action,” Urban said. “They are so competitive and they are doing all the little things you have to do to lead.”

Valpo made a run in the third quarter to pull within 48-43, but the Trojans pulled away again in the fourth quarter thanks to a 15-of-16 performance from the foul line.

“Free throw shooting is huge. That’s how you win basketball games, possession by possession,” Urban said. “They aren’t selfish kids. That’s what makes them special. They continue to want to work hard and get better.”

The Trojans outrebounded the Vikings 28-27 and hit on 20-of-41 shots (49 percent) from the field, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range.

“Against them, you have to get the ball offensively where you need to get it and take care of it,” Urban said. “What makes us good is that we pass to the open guy. These guys are all about winning.”

The Trojans return to the court on Wednesday when they travel to Portage with a share of the DAC title on the line. The JV game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

“We have to enjoy this win tonight and then get locked in on Portage,” Urban said. “We can’t be satisfied with this. We haven’t won anything yet. We have to go seal the deal.”

Chesterton 71, Valparaiso 61

AT CHESTERTON

Valparaiso (8-11-24-18)

Colin Walls 1-1 0-0 3, Charlie Healy 1-1 0-0 2, Brandon Newman 7-21 6-8 21, Nate Aerts 7-13 5-6 22, Jacob Evans 1-2 0-0 2, Colton Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Comstock 0-0 0-0 0, Max Otterbacher 1-5 0-1 2, CJ Opperman 3-4 0-0 6, Cooper Jones 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 22-49 12-16 61.

Chesterton (18-13-17-23)

Tyler Nelson 4-6 6-7 16, Jake Wadding 5-9 5-6 15, Noah Mahoney 4-5 0-0 8, Ky Palombizio 1-4 6-6 9, Austin Peterson 2-9 6-7 10, Josh Matthews 1-3 0-0 2, Harley Lohmeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 2-3 0-2 6, Jack Eaton 1-2 2-4 5, Nick Mullen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-41 25-32 71.

3-point field goals: Valparaiso 5-10 (Walls 1-1, Newman 1-4, Aerts 3-4, Otterbacher 0-1); Chesterton 6-14 (Nelson 2-3, Palombizio 1-2, Peterson 0-5, Cardenas 2-3, Eaton 1-1). Rebounds: Valparaiso 27 (Opperman 6); Chesterton 28 (Wadding 7). Assists: Valparaiso 8 (Walls 4); Chesterton 12 (Wadding 4, Peterson 4). Steals: Valparaiso 5 (Walls 3); Chesterton 2 (Nelson 1, Eaton 1).

 

 

Posted 2/19/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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