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Chesterton boys basketball team routs Valparaiso 48-30

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All streaks come to an end. Two did Friday night.

The Chesterton boys basketball team stopped its current six-game losing streak and a string of 14 straight unsuccessful attempts against Valparaiso on Friday night 48-30.

“What a great win for us,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said.” This is really important for our psyche. We hadn’t won a game since the middle of January. I really respect the way the guys have hung with it and kept working.

“We played one of our better games of the year.”

Chesterton jumped on top immediately by scoring the game’s first six points as Valpo mustered just one 3-pointer in the quarter.

The second quarter also crawled along at a snail’s pace. A Cole Teal triple with :04 on the clock put the Trojans on top 13-8 at the break.”

Our defense was just tremendous tonight,” Peller said. That was our best defensive game of the year. Andrew Ralph’s defense was just tremendous. He did a great job of blanketing (Justin) Osburn, who is really a great shooter. We just wanted to limit his touches and shots.

“Andrew was great defensively tonight, as was the whole team.”

Drew Paul scored the first basket of the second half for the Vikings, but the Trojans answered with a 7-0 run that turned into a 12-2 run and a 25-12 lead.

“We wanted to try and not hold the lead, but build on it,” Peller said. “You can play not to lose or play to win. We talked about playing to win and I thought we did a good job of that in the second half.

I thought we took great shots tonight offensively. We were patient to get the right shot not just an open shot.”

Valpo heated up offensively with four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 34-28 before the Trojans ended the game on a 14-2 run.

“Corey Rusboldt did a great job against their press in the fourth quarter,” Peller said. “He made some great passes to (Jacob) Wasielewski for layups to put it away. You just have to credit our guys.”

Teal led the Trojans with 20 points, including four 3-pointers and a 6-of-6 night at the foul line.

“I thought Cole Teal was outstanding,” Peller said. “It’s tremendous for him after sitting out 14 games during his senior year. He loves the game and works so hard at it. I’m happy for him to do this on this stage.”

The Trojan defense held Valparaiso to just 8-of-36 shooting (22 percent) from the field, including 5-of-23 (22 percent) from 3-point range.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” Peller said. “It’s always great to beat your rival. We hadn’t done it for quite a while.”

Friday night’s victory was Chesterton’s first against Valparaiso since Dec. 27, 2008 when Tommy Peller’s last-second basket meant a 51-50 win.

“Hopefully, we can build on this as we head into the tournament in the next couple of weeks,” Peller said. “They’ve had our number for a long time. We’ve been close, but tonight we were able to get it done.”

Chesterton 48, Valparaiso 30


Valparaiso (3-5-6-16)

Brandon Nichols 1-8 -0-0 3, Justin Osburn 1-8 4-4 7, Alex Healy 1-5 0-0 3, Conner Tenhove 2-7 2-2 8, Drew Paul 2-5 3-4 7, Steve Helm 0-0 0-0 0, Max Jindra 0-1 0-0 0, Cole Wolf 1-2 0-0 2, Jay Bisacky 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-36 9-10 30.

Chesterton (6-7-12-23)

Andrew Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 2-7 2-2 6, Cole Teal 5-11 6-6 20, Corey Rusboldt 1-2 2-4 4, Jacob Wasielewski 8-9 0-0 16, Trent Weller 0-1 0-0 0, Niles Dilosa 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Roeske 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 16-30 12-14 48.

3-point field goals: Valparaiso 5-23 (Nicholas 1-7, Osburn 1-6, Healy 1-5, Tenhove 2-4, Wolf 0-1); Chesterton 4-8 (Palombizio 0-1, Teal 4-6, Weller 0-1). Rebounds: Valparaiso 13 (Paul 3, Jindra 3); Chesterton 30 (Rusboldt 9). Assists: Valparaiso 4 (Osburn 2); Chesterton 12 (Rusboldt 6). Steals: Valparaiso 5 (Jindra 2); Chesterton 1 (Rusboldt 1).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 26, Valparaiso 22

The Chesterton junior varsity improved to 12-7 on the year with a 26-22 victory over Valparaiso on Friday night.

The Trojans overcame a six-point halftime deficit thanks to a 13-2 run in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

Jordan Dilosa (7 rebounds) and Jack Mullen (4 rebounds) led the way offensive with eight points each. Ethan Conway added four points (2 rebounds) in the victory.



Posted 2/24/2014