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Chesterton Boys Basketball runs win streak to 7

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The Chesterton boys basketball team ran its winning streak to seven straight and improved to 16-2 overall with a 73-67 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Michigan City on Thursday night.

“It was a good, early February, DAC basketball game,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “I was proud of our guys for digging that one out. That’s a good basketball team.”

The Trojans got off to a hot start, building a 9-2 lead behind five early points from senior Austin Peterson. Peterson finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor.

“He’s been really good in practice and it’s carrying through into games,” Urban said. “He’s feeling better. He’s making plays that seniors need to make. A lot of his start to games is his mental preparation and carrying it out onto the court.”

The lead grew to 26-15 after one period of play before Michigan City fought back to pull within 36-32 at the halftime break.

“Defensively, a lot of times you really don’t know what they are in,” Urban said. “They do a really good job of disguising it and using their athleticism. That makes it really difficult sometimes.”

The Wolves got to within 40-38 early in the third quarter before sophomore Tyler Nelson scored eight points in a 12-2 Chesterton run to push the lead to 52-40. Nelson ended the night with a career-high 15 points.

“He just keeps getting better,” Urban said. “He’s a sophomore in the starting lineup and it took him a little while to feel comfortable at this level. He’s really athletic, works hard and is willing to learn.”

The Wolves turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter and were as close as 62-58 before the Trojans slammed the door.

“They were mixing up their defense to the point where you just had to be a basketball player and make some plays,” Urban said. “We didn’t settle for the first three like we did early in the year. We were able to get the ball down low and finish.”

Ky Palombizio (14 points) and Jake Wadding (12 points) joined Peterson and Nelson in double figures, while Noah Mahoney (4 points) and Kolton Cardenas (2 points) rounded out the scoring.

“Our guys understand that we are much better when we share the basketball and keep it moving,” Urban said. “We did a good job, especially late, of finding some windows and getting baskets.”

The Trojans hit on 27-of-46 shots (59 percent) from the floor, including 7-of-14 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

Chesterton returns to the court Friday, Feb. 9 when they travel to Portage. The JV game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Chesterton 73, Michigan City 67


Michigan City (15-17-12-23)

William Hanyard 5-7 2-3 13, Evan Bush 1-4 0-0 2, Jaivion Reid 4-8 2-2 11, Rayshon Howard 10-13 0-0 20, Alex Thomas 5-7 0-0 10, Daijon Reddix 3-10 2-2 9, Keyshawn McGill 1-2 0-0 2, Chamar Sherrod 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-51 6-7 69.

Chesterton (26-10-19-18)

Tyler Nelson 5-8 1-2 15, Jake Wadding 5-8 2-2 12, Noah Mahoney 2-2 0-0 4, Ky Palombizio 5-10 1-2 14, Austin Peterson 9-13 4-4 24, Joshua Matthews 1-2 0-1 2, Harley Lohmeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-3 2-4 2, Nick Mullen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-46 10-15 73.

3-point field goals: Michigan City 3-10 (Hanyard 1-3, Bush 0-2, Reid 1-2, Reddix 1-3); Chesterton 7-14 (Nelson 2-3, Palombizio 3-6, Peterson 2-4, Matthews 0-1). Rebounds: Michigan City 22 (Howard 6); Chesterton 24 (Wadding 7). Assists: Michigan City 12 (Hanyard 4); Chesterton 18 (Nelson 5). Steals: Michigan City 4 (McGill 2); Chesterton 7 (Palombizio 3).



Posted 2/2/2018




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