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Chesterton Boys bounced from Sectional Semis

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Sometimes the other team just makes to many shots.

The LaPorte Slicers knocked down 3-pointers regularly and finished things off at the foul line as they knocked the Chesterton Trojans out of the IHSAA Valparaiso Sectional Friday night 71-58.

“We knew the game had to be in the 40’s or 50’s,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “They shot the ball really well. The bottom line is they made shots.”

The Slicers led 15-10 after one quarter and 26-21 at the halftime break as they hit on 9-of-18 shots from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.

Conversely, the Trojans managed just 8-of-20 shooting from the field and 4-of-13 from 3-point range.

“They put a defensive scheme together that just kept us a little bit out of rhythm the whole game,” Peller said. “They played box-and-one, triangle-and-two and man-to-man. They mixed it up well. Give Coach (Tom) Wells a lot of credit.”

Chesterton cut the lead to 36-32 with 3:00 to go in the third quarter and had the ball, but couldn’t capitalize. The Slicers ended the period with a 12-2 run that pushed the lead to 48-34.

“That was it,” Peller said. “We were right there and didn’t make a basket or get the one stop we needed. We just never made the little run that we needed to get over the hump.”

The lead grew to 52-38 before the Trojans made one last charge as Cole Teal hit three consecutive deep triples to cut the lead to 55-47. Teal finished with a team-high 18 points.

“We never gave up and played hard,” Peller said. “It was an up and down year, but give the guys credit. They did everything we asked them to do. They stayed together and played hard.”

The Slicers hit on 19-of-25 free throws in the fourth quarter to stymie the Trojan comeback efforts.

Corey Rusboldt finished with 13 points for Chesterton, while Jacob Wasielewski added 12 points. Andrew Ralph added two points and Brandon Roeske tallied three points in their final game’s for CHS.

“The seniors represented the school and community in a first class way,” Peller said. “They are going to be successful in life because they are really great kids. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.”

LaPorte 71, Chesterton 58


Chesterton (10-11-13-24)

Trent Weller 1-5 0-0 3, Andrew Ralph 1-2 0-0 2, Cole Teal 6-16 1-2 18, Corey Rusboldt 5-9 0-0 13, Jacob Wasielewski 4-7 4-5 12, Rhyss Lewis 1-6 0-0 2, Niles Dilosa 2-4 0-0 5, Brandon Roeske 1-4 0-0 3, Antwan Beeks 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Mullen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 5-7 58.

LaPorte (15-11-22-23)

Blake Arnett 2-5 7-10 12, Josh Fleming 6-10 10-12 25, Miles Browder 1-4 0-0 3, Jacob Jones 3-5 0-0 9, Gage Ott 6-9 7-10 19, Matt Walls 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Dubbs 0-0 0-0 0, Greg Littlejohn 1-3 0-0 3, Ben Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Otwinowski 0-0 0-0 0, Jemini Mason 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-36 24-32 71.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 10-32 (Weller 0-3, Ralph 0-1, Teal 5-14, Rusboldt 3-7, Lewis 0-3, Dilosa 1-1, Roeske 1-3); LaPorte 9-17 (Arnett 1-2, Fleming 3-5, Browder 1-1, Jones 3-5, Ott 0-1, Littlejohn 1-3). Rebounds: Chesterton 29 (Teal 7, Wasielewski 7); LaPorte 25 (Ott 10). Steals: Chesterton 4 (Lewis 2); LaPorte 5 (Fleming 3). Assists: Chesterton 7 (Teal 3); LaPorte 6 (Fleming 4).



Posted 3/10/2014