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Chesterton Boys Basketball falls 64-61 to Merrillville in DAC opener

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton boys basketball team is learning on the fly.

The Trojans got outscored 9-2 in the final 1:18 and dropped a 64-61 Duneland Athletic Conference decision to Merrillville on Friday night.

We have to get better,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We’ve got to keep our focus on the little things for 32 minutes. You play a team that athletic, big and good and you have to do the little things.”

Ky Palombizio hit a pair of free throws with 1:40 to play to put the Trojans on top 59-55 before Merrillville’s Johnny Bernard hit a triple to pull within one.

Bernard stole the Trojans’ inbounds pass and scored to put the Pirates up 60-59. After a Bernard free throw, Jake Wadding hit two free throws for Chesterton to tie the score at 61 with 27.3 seconds left.

Bernard drew a foul with 8.9 seconds left and made one free throw. A turnover by the Trojans with 4.7 seconds left sent Nolen Thomas to the line to set the final score with two free throws.

Players have to make plays,” Urban said. “We just didn’t make enough tonight.”

Chesterton built a 5-0 lead to start the game, but a 10-0 Merrillville run put them on top 15-10 after one quarter.

The teams traded baskets through halftime as the Pirates led 31-25 before the Trojans went on a 9-0 run that included a Ray Yagelski triple for a 34-31 lead. Yagelski hit two more 3-pointers in the third quarter as Chesterton took a 40-39 lead into the final stanza.

Yagelski finished with a team-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.

When we were focused, we did some good things,” Urban said. “There were some bright spots. We made some good plays, just not for 32 minutes.”

The Trojans return to the court on Tuesday night when they travel to Hobart for a girls-boys doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Merrillville 64, Chesterton 61

AT CHESTERTON

Merrillville (15-12-12-25)

Jonah Jackson 2-9 0-0 5, Johnny Bernard 5-13 2-4 14, James Kirklen 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Wilbon 9-14 5-8 23, Mileek McMillan 1-2 4-8 6, Nolen Thomas 2-3 2-2 6, Kameron Jackson 1-3 2-2 4, Jaylon Holmes 1-2 0-0 2, Mitchell Ward 2-3 0-0 4, Sharrod Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 15-24 64.

Chesterton (10-13-17-21)

Ray Yagelski 5-10 6-7 19, Erik Ralph 3-7 6-6 12, Jake Wadding 3-4 4-6 10, Ky Palombizio 3-5 3-4 10, Austin Peterson 4-11 0-0 10, Tyler Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-37 19-23 61.

3-point field goals: Merrillville 3-14 (J. Jackson 1-7, Bernard 2-5, K. Jackson 0-1, Ward 0-1); Chesterton 6-14 (Yagelski 3-3, Ralph 0-1, Palombizio 1-3, Peterson 2-7). Rebounds: Merrillville 24 (Wilbon 9); Chesterton 30 (Peterson 8). Assists: Merrillville 5 (Bernard 2, Wilbon 2); Chesterton 10 (Palombizio 4). Steals: Merrillville 9 (Bernard 4); Chesterton 8 (Palombizio 3).

Junior Varsity

Merrillville 48, Chesterton 34

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 48-34 decision to Merrillville on Thursday night.

Offensively, the Trojans were led by Drew VanderWoude with 12 points, while Alex Schmidt added nine points.

Rounding out the scoring were Kolton Cardenas (4 points), Nick Mullen (4 points), Cameron Schultz (3 points) and Jake Warren (2 points).

 

Posted 1/9/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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