A good start and a
good end can often offset a sloppy middle.
That’s exactly what
the Chesterton boys basketball team did Tuesday night as they improved to
7-1 on the year with a 70-59 victory over Bishop Noll.
“We weren’t great
today, but we are getting better,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We’ve
had a good start to the season, but we have to continue to get better. Each
game we get more experience and I know we’ll only get better.”
The Trojans got off
to a hot start and built an 11-2 lead as Austin Peterson scored five points
and Jake Wadding added four points in the run.
“I thought we moved
the basketball and there was energy in the ball,” Urban said. “When there is
energy in the ball, the shot goes in more. We had a size advantage and they
were trying to double the post.
“We made some good
passes out and got the ball to the third side of the floor, we got good
Four of the Trojans
last five possessions in the first quarter ended in 3-pointers as the lead
grew to 28-13 after one period. Ky Palombizio hit two of the triples and Ray
Yagelski hit the other two.
“When there is good
energy in the ball, it’s easier to shoot,” Urban said. “Part of growing up
as a team is learning that you have to put 32 minutes together no matter
what the score.”
After a basket by
Peterson to start the second quarter, Bishop Noll fought back into the game
with a12-1 run that cut the lead to 31-25. Chesterton turned the ball over
seven times in the second quarter.
“We just can’t play
that way and beat the teams that in our conference, top to bottom,” Urban
said. “We started forcing things and the energy was out of the basketball.
It hurt us on the defensive end and we didn’t rebound well. We didn’t do a
lot of things well that we have to do well to win.
“We can’t give
other teams extra possessions.”
continued its run in the third quarter with a 15-4 run to take a 48-44 lead
with 3:27 to play in the frame.
“We’re not going to
use youth as a crutch,” Urban said. “If you’re on the floor, we have to hold
ourselves to a high expectation. The key is to get better and learn from
A basket by Corey
Landers put Bishop Noll up 55-52 with 7:47 to play in the game, but the
Warriors wouldn’t score again for more than 4:00.
throwing the ball down low where we had an advantage,” Urban said. “We have
to play to our strengths. We have to be able to do things right on both ends
of the floor. We have to play good offense and get the shots we want and get
team stops on the defensive end.”
The Trojans scored
the game’s next 16 points, including five from Peterson who scored a
game-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“Pete has been
really good for us,” Urban said. “We’re better today than we were when the
Bishop Noll 59
Myles Whitfield 4-9
2-2 13, Isaiah Hymes 1-3 0-0 2, Morgan Grant 3-9 0-0 6, Jason Barker 2-6 1-1
5, Alec Hewlett 3-7 2-2 8, Corey Landers 7-18 2-6 18, Jaelon Brooks 1-2 1-3
3, Payton Hewlett 2-3 0-1 4, Michael Quintero 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 8-15
Erik Ralph 2-3 4-4
8, Jake Wadding 3-10 3-7 9, Ky Palombizio 4-8 2-2 12, Austin Peterson 7-13
5-6 20, Tyler Nelson 1-1 0-0 2, Ray Yagelski 4-8 5-6 15, Harley Lohmeyer 0-0
0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 0-1 0-0 0, Tony Gilyan 0-0 0-0
0, Noah Mahoney 1-2 2-2 4, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 21-27
goals: Bishop Noll 5-21 (Whitfield 3-6, Hymes 0-2, Barker 0-2, A. Hewlett
0-2, Landers 2-8, Brooks 0-1); Chesterton 5-14 (Yagelski 2-4, Wadding 0-1,
Palombizio 2-5, Peterson 1-3, Eaton 0-1). Rebounds: Bishop Noll 32 (Grant
9); Chesterton 38 (Peterson 11). Assists: Bishop Noll 7 (Landers 2);
Chesterton 9 (Ralph 3). Steals: Bishop Noll 8 (Landers 3); Chesterton 6
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junior varsity picked up a 53-24 victory over Bishop Noll on Tuesday night.
Warren led the Trojans with 10 points, while Kolton Cardenas added nine
Rounding out the
scoring were Cameron Schultz (8 points), Alex Schmidt (7 points), Drew
VanderWoude (7 points), Nick Mullen (6 points), Tyler Nelson (5 points) and
Jack Eaton (1 point).