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Chesterton Boys beat Michigan City 51-43

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The Chesterton boys basketball team made it back-to-back Duneland Athletic Conference victories with a 51-43 win at Michigan City on Thursday night.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “It’s not easy, but we keep fighting and getting better. It says a lot about this group of kids.”

The Trojans made all the little plays in a sometimes ugly game and pulled away late.

“Coming in with them having such a veteran team at their home place, we knew we would have to strap it up and make some big time plays that people don’t see,” Urban said. “Make box outs. Make defensive rotations. Little things like that. When we didn’t do those things we didn’t let them build it into a run. We put it behind us and made the next play.

“That’s us growing up as a basketball team.”

The Trojans trailed 29-28 after three quarters when the Wolves finished the quarter on a 5-0 run.

“We moved the ball pretty well tonight,” Urban said. “Our eyes were in the right spots tonight. We got the ball down low and were able to kick it out for some timely three’s.”

Two of those triples came from Ray Yagelski and Ky Palombizio as they keyed an 8-2 run that put Chesterton up 36-31. Palombizio finished with 13 points, including three triples.

“Ky hit some big 3’s for us and I couldn’t be happier for him,” Urban said. “He works so hard and you’re happy for kids like that.”

The Trojans would keep their lead as they traded baskets with the Wolves, including six points from Jake Wadding in transition as he finished with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds.

“We knew in the second half they’d really come out and pressure us,” Urban said. “We had to beat the initial trap and then we’d have a 4-on-3. We had to make good decisions and finish and we did.”

After a basket by City’s Troy Jones with 2:43 to play made the score 42-39, the Trojans put the game away with a 7-0 run.

Chesterton held Michigan City to just 18-of-63 shooting (29 percent) and 3-of-17 (18 percent) from 3-point range. The Trojans hit on 21-of-39 shots (54 percent) from the floor and outrebounded the Wolves 38-33.

“We knew rebounding would be tough,” Urban said. “They take shots from some areas that are hard to rebound from. You just have to get in there and dig it out. I thought Jake Wadding came up with some huge rebounds in there for us. So did (Austin Peterson).”

The Trojans return to the court next Friday when they host Portage with the junior varsity game set for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

Chesterton 51, Michigan City 43


Chesterton (10-9-9-23)

Ray Yagelski 3-5 2-7 9, Eric Ralph 1-3 0-0 2, Jake Wadding 7-7 1-3 15, Ky Palombizio 5-12 0-0 13, Austin Peterson 4-8 2-2 10, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 0-2 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 1-1 0-0 2, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-39 5-12 51.

Michigan City (13-6-10-14)

Keishawn Lewis 2-12 1-2 5, Jaronde Boyd 3-14 1-2 8, Dante Combs 5-12 0-1 12, Makiyah Smallwood 1-3 0-0 2, Troy Jones 2-8 2-2 6, William Hanyard 0-0 0-0 0, Orson Eckwood 0-0 0-0 0, Rayshon Howard 1-5 0-0 2, Salih Washington 4-9 0-2 8, Michael Briggs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-63 4-9 43.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 4-15 (Yagelski 1-2, Palombizio 3-8, Peterson 0-3, Nelson 0-1, Eaton 0-1); Michigan City 3-17 (Lewis 0-1, Boyd 1-10, Combs 2-5, Jones 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 38 (Wadding 9); Michigan City 33 (Combs 6, Washington 6). Assists: Chesterton 14 (Yagelski 7); Michigan City 3 (Jones 2). Steals: Chesterton 2 (Yagelski 1, Wadding 1); Michigan City 4 (Combs 2).



Posted 2/3/2017




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