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Chesterton Boys Basketball opens season tonight at Gary West

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By TR HARLAN

When the regular season tips off tonight, the Chesterton boys basketball team will feature a new figure roaming the sidelines.

After 14 years, Tom Peller vacated his position and former Lake Central girls basketball coach Marc Urban readily jumped in.

“There is obviously an adjustment in going from coaching girls to guys, like athleticism and things like that,” Urban said. “I coached boys for six years before the girls, so it’s nice to be back to it again. The pace of play is a little faster and obviously the things they can do with the basketball.”

Urban spent four years as head coach at Lake Central and amassed an 80-17 record.

“We’re coming in with different philosophies and expectations,” Urban said. “Everybody has been doing their part and working hard. Tom (Peller) did a really good job with these guys. They know how to play and their fundamentals are good.

“We just have to build our culture and how we want to do things.”

The Trojans should be a work in progress after graduating most of last year’s points and rebounds.

“You’d obviously like to have experience back, but I think if I had to choose, I’m glad it’s this way,” Urban said. “We might take some lumps early, but with all these younger guys we can establish our way now. It’ll be the only way they know things. All the stuff like how we are in timeouts, or watch film and practice habits is all new for those guys.”

Chesterton will have just two seniors in its 14-man roster, Ray Yagelski and Erik Ralph.

“Ray has been great here through the preseason. He had four assists in the first quarter of our scrimmage and if he’ll do that, he can really help us and have a great year,” Urban said. “Erik is so sound defensively and offensively he’s that guy that you just don’t worry about. You love having him on the floor. He’s quick and can get past people. You know you can trust him.”

Junior Austin Peterson is the team’s returning leading scorer and rebounder and will be a focal point of the offense again this year.

“Austin’s ability to shoot it and post up makes him someone that we can go through a lot. He’s a smart basketball player and he sees the floor really well,” Urban said.

The Trojans also get a boost from the return of junior Ky Palombizio from last season’s knee injury.

“Ky is back after his knee injury last year and has really been shooting the ball well. He’ll have to score for us,” Urban said. “We’ll have to score by committee and figure it out as we go.”

In the post, Peterson and the duo of sophomore Brayden Cortwright and freshman Jake Wadding will have to be a presence. The Trojans can also get minutes from junior Noah Mahoney and sophomore’s Drew Vanderwoude and Nick Mullen.

“Brayden and Wadding inside can play the post for us,” Urban said. “We should have a good inside presence and then we’ve got some guards that can shoot it and put it on the floor.”

On the perimeter, shooters like sophomore Jack Eaton and juniors Harley Lohmeyer and Tony Gilyan provide long-range ability.

“You’d like to score a ton and limit the other team, but each game will dictate to itself,” Urban said. “Bottom line is you have to find a way to win. We want to run when the chance is there and put pressure on the defense, but we don’t want to just run and start throwing up bad shots either.”

The rest of the roster includes sophomore Kolton Cardenas and freshman Tyler Nelson.

“We’ll have an 8-9 man rotation, but we have 14 guys that can play if we need them,” Urban said. “Some will have to play minutes, but we need them to develop as players and may spend some time on the JV to get them the minutes they need.”

Defensively, the Trojans will play man-to-man mainly.

“Defensively, we’ll play mostly man and mix some zone in occasionally,” Urban said. “We have to limit possessions and make sure we get on the boards so we don’t give up second chance points. Just find a way to get stops.”

As for tonight, Urban and his team are excited to see what happens.

“It’ll be nice to get started and see someone different. I’m excited and I know the kids are too,” Urban said. “Our practices are really competitive. With 14 guys that all really compete, we get after it.

“If we play the way we’ve played in practice, I think we’ll be a team that shares the basketball and will give plenty of guys a chance to make a play.”

 

Posted 11/22/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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