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.
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."
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."
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
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
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.