Jake Wadding and the rest of Chesterton’s boys basketball team nearly played
the role of spoiler against Valparaiso Friday night.
With the Vikings
needing a win to clinch a share of the Duneland Athletic Conference title,
Peterson and Wadding combined for 38 points against their rivals. The
Trojans had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds to play, but they could
not convert and Valparaiso made four free throws in the final 15 seconds for
a 57-53 win.
“We could have
easily folded, and we found a way to speed them up a little bit and make
some plays,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We’ve just got to make one
or two more plays and we’re right there.”
Two Trace Ramsey
free throws put Valparaiso ahead 55-53 with 15 seconds to play. The Trojans
(13-8, 3-4 DAC) had a chance to tie. Ray Yagelski’s runner hit the front of
the rim and bounced away. Ramsey grabbed the rebound and was fouled
“We were a foot
away, it just didn’t go in,” Urban said.
Ramsey missed the
front end of a one-and-one, but Valparaiso’s Brandon Newman came up with the
rebound. He subsequently made two free throws with 2.5 seconds to play to
push the final margin to four.
Chesterton used a
10-2 run late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 53-all.
Erik Ralph started
the spurt with a steal and transition basket. Wadding, who had 12 points in
the fourth quarter, had the next three baskets, including a drive inside to
get the Trojans within two at 53-51 at the 1:08 mark.
with 15 points.
“Jake’s really good
for a freshman, and he’s hungry to get better,” Urban said. “He made some
plays against some good guys over there that were impressive.”
tied the game on a basket inside off of a Yagelski assist with 45 seconds to
Peterson scored a
game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and added nine rebounds.
motor is going and he’s playing at a good speed, he’s a good player,” Urban
The game featured
10 ties. When one team made a run, the other side would answer with a spurt.
The Vikings (19-3, 6-1) reeled off the final five points of the third
quarter to lead 39-37 after three. The Trojans responded at the start of the
fourth with six of the next eight points to lead 43-41 with 6:33 left to
“I told the guys
that from day one, a lot of people had written us off,” Urban said. “To
these guys’ credit, they’ve come every day and gotten better. I’m glad I’m
coaching these guys going into March.”
Valparaiso with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ramsey added 15 points.
The Vikings shot 12
of 19 from the floor in the second half and were 23 of 44 from the field for
Chesterton made six
3-pointers in the first half and had only two 2-point baskets over the first
Peterson drained a
23-foot 3-pointer near the end of the second quarter to send Chesterton into
the locker room down just two at 27-25.
Yagelski dished out
five assists for the Trojans and Chesterton forced 20 Viking turnovers.
Ray Yagelski 2 0-0
5, Erik Ralph 1 0-0 2, Jake Wadding 4 7-8 15, Ky Palombizio 0 0-0 0, Austin
Peterson 8 2-3 23, Harley Lohmeyer 1 0-0 3, Noah Mahoney 2 0-0 5. Totals 18
Adrian Casaday 2
0-0 5, Brandon Newman 8 3-3 20, Trace Ramsey 5 5-6 15, Charlie Healy 1 1-2
3, Jay Bisacky 4 0-0 8, Michael Mann 3 0-0 6. Totals 23 9-11 57.
goals: Chesterton (Peterson 5, Lohmeyer 1, Mahoney 1); Valparaiso (Casaday
1, Newman 1). Leaders Ð Rebounds: Peterson 9 (C); Newman 11 (V). Assists:
Yagelski 5 (C); Casaday 3, Newman 3, Ramsey 3 (V). Steals: Palombizio 2 (C);
Newman 3 (V). Total fouls: Chesterton 13, Valparaiso 13. Fouled out: none.
Technical fouls: none. Records: Chesterton 13-8 (3-4 DAC), Valparaiso 19-3