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Chesterton Boys drop a dozen 3s on Bishop Noll in 63-29 victory

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Despite a flawless record, Chesterton didn't receive a solitary vote in this week's Associated Press state rankings.

It'll get its chance next week at the Noblesville tournament, when it faces fourth-ranked Warren Central in the opening game.

"I'm extremely excited," Trojans coach Marc Urban said. "There's going to be some really good teams and good coaches. It'll be good to get away from home. You have to play three games in a short amount of time. You have to come up with scouting reports on the fly and go compete."

Chesterton (7-0) had its last pre-Christmas tuneup Tuesday, jingling Bishop Noll's bells, 63-29 before a modest gathering.

"We're going down to win it," Ky Palombizio said of the Noblesville tourney.

The senior guard helped make sure the Trojans didn't misstep before the big test, canning five of their 12 3-pointers in a game that wasn't close for long.

"We're such a great passing team," Palombizio said. "Everybody gets good looks. We were passing the ball around a lot. The more you move it, the more wide open you get, and it's way easier to shoot than when there are two guys in your face."

Noll (4-5) led once at 3-0, but Palombizio countered with a pair of treys to light the match on a 13-0 run.

"We've been on the (shooting) gun so much, it's nice to get wide open looks," he said. "It makes it easy on the offensive end."

Chesterton closed the half with 11 straight points, Jake Wadding knocking down a 16-footer in the final seconds to make it 35-15.

"I was pleased to see how unselfish we were, how we let the game come to us," Urban said. "That's going to be the key to how we do against really good teams. We have to play it possession by possession and it's really important we do it all 32 minutes."

The Trojans piled on in the second half, pushing the margin to 25 in the third quarter. The final score was their biggest lead (34) as Noll failed to reach double digits in a period. The Warriors shot 32 percent, four of 16 from the arc and committed 19 turnovers.

"We were really connected defensively," Urban said. "We did a really good job with the details within our system. We've got some long guys who can cause problems. When they do, we're a better defensive team."

Chesterton shot 54 percent, 48 percent from the arc (12 of 25) and had assists on 18 of its 25 baskets.

"That was by far the best we've moved the basketball," Urban said. "We were willing to make the extra pass. We didn't take the first shot we saw. We went inside and back out. When we threw it in and they collapsed on our bigs, Jake and 'Pete' (Austin Peterson) kicked it back out. There was good energy in the ball and we knocked down some shots, which was good to see. We had a really good practice (Monday) and we took it to the floor."

Palombizio's 15 points led all scorers. Wadding scored 12 to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Peterson had eight rebounds while scoring just three points, though Urban isn't too concerned about his production as he works his way through some knee problems.

"He hasn't done the things he did (scoring) last year, but he's still impacting the game in other ways," Urban said. "He'll get it going. I have no question."

The Trojans' 3 display also included a pair by Harley Lohmeyer and Jack Eaton (five assists) and one each from Nick Mullen, Tyler Nelson and Kolton Cardenas.

"That's a sneak peek of what's to come from our offense," Palombizio said.

Chesterton is off until next Wednesday.

Chesterton 63, Bishop Noll 29


Chesterton (16-19-14-14)

Tyler Nelson 1-2 0-0 3, Jack Eaton 3-6 0-0 8, Jake Wadding 6-7 0-0 12, Ky Palombizio 5-11 0-0 15, Austin Peterson 1-6 1-2 3, Harley Lohmeyer 3-4 0-0 8, Joshua Matthews 1-2 0-0 2, Kolton Cardenas 2-4 0-0 5, Nick Mullen 2-2 0-0 5, Drew Vanderwoude 1-1 0-0 2, Sean Elliott 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Jack Warren 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 25-46 1-2 63.

Bishop Noll (6-9-9-5)

Jaelon Brooks 1-5 0-2 2, Morgan Grant 2-6 1-2 5, Payton Hewlett 1-3 0-0 2, Michael Quintero 2-8 0-0 6, Troy Acree 2-6 0-1 4, Isaiah Hymes 0-0 0-0 0, Antonio DeCrescenzo 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Scott 4-8 0-0 10, Aaron Chance 0-0 0-0 0, Drake Adams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 12-37 1-5 29.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 12 (Palombizio 5, Eaton 2, Lohmeyer 2, Cardenas, Nelson, Mullen); Bishop Noll 4 (Quintero 2, Scott 2). Leaders -- Rebounds: Peterson, Wadding 8 (C); Grant, Scott 4 (BN). Assists: Wadding 6, Eaton 5 (C); Brooks, Grant 2 (BN). Steals: Palombizio 3 (C); Brooks 2 (BN). Team fouls: Chesterton 16, Bishop Noll 10. Fouled out: None. Records: Chesterton 7-0, Bishop Noll 4-5.


Posted 12/21/2017




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