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Chesterton Boys come up short against LC

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Depth sometimes isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Lake Central used just six players Friday at Chesterton, and that solitary substitute didn't even score.

But the Indians got major productivity from its entire starting five, coming just one point from putting all of them in double figures, on their way to a 63-55 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over the Trojans.

"They're an experienced, senior-dominated team," Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. "Every guy can score."

Notable among them was the one underclassman with the well-known name. Glenn Robinson, the son of the former Gary Roosevelt and Purdue star of the same name, notched 19 points to spur the Indians' inside-outside attack.

"He's going to be a good one. He's good right now," Peller said. "He makes plays. He looks effortless."

Nothing came without effort for Chesterton. The Trojans turned the ball over 21 times and with LC making life in the paint difficult for Mitch McGary, they were heavily reliant upon the 3-point shot.

CHS hit a season-high nine triples on 23 attempts, which accounted for well over half of their total attempts.

"We just had so many turnovers," Peller said. "Sloppy ball handling. That was really the difference in the game. They only had nine. You don't beat good teams that way. We've just got to take care of the ball better.

“They swarmed all over Mitch and we've got to do a better job of passing it out, getting movement after we enter it in there and finding open people."

Chesterton stayed close during a hot-shooting first quarter in which both teams connected three times from the arc. The Trojans cooled off from there and LC threatened to blow the game wide open, building a 40-26 advantage at 5:04 of the third quarter.

Chesterton (7-7, 4-6) countered with a 9-0 run that included long balls from Remy Lewis and Scott Homner to edge back within five. The Trojans closed the margin to two twice in the final 3:33, but a clutch Loai Issa trey at 1:34, followed by an unforced bad pass by Chesterton, halted the comeback in its tracks.

L.C. (9-4, 7-3) knocked down six free throws from that point to seal the deal.

"I was proud of the way we battled back," Peller said.

Fred Price and McGary (11 rebounds) each picked up 14 points with Lewis adding 13. Alec Houpt was sick during the week, came off the bench and was limited in his court time.

"McGary's a load and we were really concerned about (Homner) shooting the 3," said LC coach Dave Milausnic, who was without 6-foot-8 center Leith Hobbs (back). "When you play McGary, you just hope to keep him from getting 30 or 40, which he can do in any game. They're going to be a scary team come sectionals."

Lake Central 63, Chesterton 55


Lake Central (17-17-14-15)

Keith Thompson 15, Glenn Robinson 19, Max Faulkner 9, Loai Issa 10, Jahhim Easter 10, Ben Sporman 0. Totals -- 21-46 16-18 63.

Chesterton (15-11-12-17)

Remy Lewis 13, Fred Price 14, Scott Homner 9, Jon Watson 0, Mitch McGary 14, Alec Houpt 0, KeMonte Price 5, Blake Sleicher 0. Totals -- 16-39 14-16 55.

3-point field goals: Faulkner 2, Issa 2, Thompson (LC); Lewis 4, Homner 3, McGary, K. Price (C). Leaders -- Rebounds: Robinson 5, Thompson 5 (LC); McGary 11 (C). Assists: Issa 3 (LC). Steals: Issa 3, Robinson 3 (LC); Price 2 (C).



Posted 2/1/2010




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