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Chesterton Boys drop pair at Holiday Tourney

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By TR HARLAN

A close one and a disappointing one to an archrival.

Either way, the Chesterton boys basketball team left Saturday’s DAC Holiday Tournament at Michigan City with questions.

The Trojans dropped their opener 64-62 to the host Wolves and then fell 52-45 to Valparaiso.

“We’re still learning how to play without Cole (Teal),” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “We’re kind of starting over and we’re searching, especially on offense. Now that we’ve played a couple of games without him, we’ve seen what it looks like on the floor and we have to find something that’ll work.”

Against the Vikings, the Trojans built a 20-16 halftime lead thanks to a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter. Niles Dilosa scored five of his team-high 14 points during the stretch.

“Niles really came through and helped us tonight,” Peller said. “He had a lot of energy, rebounding and got some steals.”

A quick basket to start the third quarter by Corey Rusboldt pushed the lead to 22-14 before Valpo’s Justin Osburn got hot from 3-point land.

After a scoreless first half, Osburn scored 23 points, including five triples in the second half.

“We let Osburn get going,” Peller said. “He had 0 at halftime and finished with 23. That’s on me, but we know he’s their best shooter and we can’t let that happen. He got loose and that was the difference.”

The Vikings hit 10-of-18 (56 percent) from the field in the second half as they scored 18 points in each quarter.

“We just lost our defensive intensity,” Peller said. “In the first half, I thought they really struggled running their offensive stuff and all of a sudden in the second half they could do whatever they wanted.”

The Trojans cut the lead to 39-36 with 3:22 to play, but never got closer.

In the opener, the Trojans got 26 points from Chris Palombizio, but Anthony Simmons countered with 33 points for the Wolves in the victory.

Jacob Wasielewski added 13 points for Chesterton and Corey Rusboldt tallied 10 in the loss.

Michigan City 64, Chesterton 62

AT MICHIGAN CITY

Chesterton (11-13-10-28)

Weller 1-1 2-4 4, Beeks 0-1 0-0 0, Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Palombizio 6-16 10-10 26, Lewis 1-2 2-2 5, Rusboldt 3-9 3-5 10, Dilosa 2-7 0-0 4, Wasielewski 4-9 4-4 13. Totals -- 17-45 21-25 62.

Michigan City (14-8-18-24)

Wilson 1-1 6-8 8, Boyd 1-3 4-6 7, Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Hemphill 0-3 1-2 1, Smallwood 0-1 0-0 0, Pawloski 0-5 0-0 0, Barrons 1-2 2-4 4, Miller 3-5 2-2 8, Simmons 13-19 4-5 33, Oliver 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 20-43 19-28 64.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 7-20 (Palombizio 4-11, Lewis 1-2, Rusboldt 1-4, Dilosa 0-1, Wasielewski 1-2); Michigan City 5-19 (Boyd 1-2, Jones 1-2, Pawloski 0-5, Miller 0-2, Simmons 3-8). Rebounds: Chesterton 29 (Palombizio 8); Michigan City 22 (Simmons 6). Assists: Chesterton 8 (Weller 3); Michigan City 8 (Boyd 4). Steals: Chesterton 12 (Palombizio 4, Wasielewski 4); Michigan City 12 (Wilson 4).

Valparaiso 52, Chesterton 45

AT MICHIGAN CITY

Valparaiso (7-9-18-18)

Nicholas 3-6 1-1 8, Osburn 6-10 6-6 23, Healy 0-2 0-0 0, Tenhove 1-3 1-2 3, Paul 3-7 5-6 11, Helm 0-0 0-0 0, Jindra 3-5 1-1 7, Wolf 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 16-34 14-16 52.

Chesterton (9-11-10-15)

Weller 2-3 2-3 6, Ralph 0-2 2-2 2, Palombizio 1-9 6-8 9, Rusboldt 4-11 1-2 10, Wasielewski 1-3 0-0 2, Beeks 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 2-2 2, Dilosa 5-5 4-6 14. Totals -- 13-35 17-23 45.

3-point field goals: Valparaiso 6-17 (Nicholas 1-3, Osburn 5-8, Healy 0-2, Paul 0-1, Jindra 0-2, Wolf 0-1); Chesterton 2-10 (Palombizio 1-4, Rusboldt 1-5, Beeks 0-1). Rebounds: Valparaiso 19 (Paul 8); Chesterton 24 (Wasielewski 5, Dilosa 5). Assists: Valparaiso 6 (Nicholas 3); Chesterton 3 (Ralph 2). Steals: Valparaiso 1 (Nicholas 1); Chesterton 6 (Dilosa 3).

 

Posted 12/30/2013