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.”
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
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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).