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Chesterton boys basketball team comes up just short at Valpo

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Austin Peterson, 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.

Wadding finished 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.”

Austin Peterson tied the game on a basket inside off of a Yagelski assist with 45 seconds to play.

Peterson scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and added nine rebounds.

“When (Peterson’s) motor is going and he’s playing at a good speed, he’s a good player,” Urban said.

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 play.

“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.”

Newman led 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 the game.

Chesterton made six 3-pointers in the first half and had only two 2-point baskets over the first two quarters.

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.

Valparaiso 57, Chesterton 53


Chesterton (11-14-12-16)

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 9-11 53.

Valparaiso (11-16-12-18)

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.

3-point field 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 (6-1).


Posted 2/20/2017





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