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Chesterton Boys Basketball falls at Munster

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Nobody likes moral victories.

The Chesterton boys fought toe-to-toe with Munster Tuesday night, but dropped a 65-59 decision to the host Mustangs.

“I thought we showed a lot of character in a tough environment against one of the State’s best teams,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “I thought we fought and I was proud of the guys for that. But, a loss is a loss.”

The difference in the game came after Chris Palombizio tied the game at 45-all with 6:03 to play. Munster’s Drew Hackett hit a 3-pointer and was fouled.

The four-point play keyed a 10-0 run that the Mustangs never relinquished.

“We couldn’t limit their runs and capitalize when we had a chance to get the lead,” Peller said.

The Trojans pulled within 55-53 with an 8-0 run of their own, but the Mustangs hit 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute to hold on.

Munster hit on 21-of-23 free throws on the night, while Chesterton was 7-of-11.

“We’re trying to find a win and we’re struggling,” Peller said. “I really think if we pull one out, things will go. Except for Lake Central, we’ve been in a lot of these games.”

Chris Palombizio led the Trojans with 24 points. Cole Teal added 12 and Corey Rusboldt tallied 11.

“Chris did some great things tonight,” Peller said. “He drove, hit shots, a lot of things we need him to do out there.”

Chesterton hit on 21-of-45 shots (47 percent) from the floor and were 10-of-26 from 3-point range.

“I think we are getting a little more rhythm to our offense,” Peller said.

The Trojans return to action on Friday night when they host Valparaiso. The junior varsity game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.

“Munster’s good,” Peller said. “They are fundamental and don’t beat themselves. They are a lot like Valpo, so this was a good lead-up to Friday night.”

Munster 65, Chesterton 59


Chesterton (15-15-13-16)

Trent Weller 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 9-17 3-5 24, Cole Teal 4-12 1-2 12, Corey Rusboldt 3-8 2-2 11, Jacob Wasielewski 3-5 1-1 7, Andrew Ralph 2-2 0-1 5, Rhyss Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Niles Dilosa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-45 7-11 59.

Munster (17-14-14-20)

Mike Hayes 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Ostoich 2-7 4-4 8, Kevin Schlotman 6-8 4-4 19, Drew Hackett 3-8 7-9 14, Pat McCarthy 7-10 4-4 20, Luke Wuchenich 0-1 2-2 2, Sam Toth 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Grzybowski 0-1 0-0 0, Nikola Mandic 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-41 21-23 65.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 10-26 (Palombizio 3-8, Teal 3-9, Rusboldt 3-7, Wasielewski 0-1, Ralph 1-1); Munster 6-15 (Hayes 0-1, Ostoich 0-2, Schlotman 3-5, Hackett 1-3, McCarthy 2-3, Wuchenich 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 24 (Palombizio 8); Munster 27 (McCarthy 5). Assists: Chesterton 13 (Teal 5); Munster 5 (Ostoich 2). Steals: Chesterton 2 (Weller 1, Rusboldt 1); Munster 3 (Hackett 2).

Junior Varsity

Munster 42, Chesterton 37

The Chesterton junior varsity fell to 11-7 on the year after a 42-37 loss at Munster Tuesday night.

Jake Weber led the Trojans with 15 points (6 rebounds), while Antwan Beeks (4 assists) and Jordan Dilosa (3 rebounds) each scored five points in the loss.



Posted 2/19/2014