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Chesterton Boys fall at Portage

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PORTAGE -- A share of the Duneland Athletic Conference title slipped through Chesterton's grasp Wednesday in a 58-57 upset against Portage.

It remains to be seen if its chances at a Class 4A Sectional title will be compromised after sophomore Jake Wadding sprained his ankle near the basket on a breakaway late in the second quarter.

"I don't know," Trojans coach Marc Urban said. "It didn't look good."

Wadding stole the ball and was angling toward the rim when Portage's Maurion Martin cut in front of him. As Wadding tried to move to his right, he twisted an ankle and fell to the court. He was helped to the bench, not putting any weight on the foot at that point. He sat in a chair with the leg elevated and ice on the ankle for a while, eventually having it re-taped and putting on his shoe again.

Wadding was walking afterward, albeit with a limp.

"It's tough," Urban said. "Weve been lucky. We've been healthy all year for the most part. Some guys had to play out of position a little bit."

The injury compounded a tough night for the Trojans (19-3, 5-2 DAC), who ran into an emotionally charged Portage team that had lost to Lake Station the night before.

"We wanted to knock down Chesterton and show what we're about before playing Valpo in the Sectional," Greg Milledge said. "Coach (Rick Snodgrass) got on us. We had to be aggressive."

Milledge was unstoppable attacking the basket in a 16-point first half during which he missed only one shot. He had 10 points, including a pair of strong one-handed slams, and two steals in a 13-0 Portage run that put it up 24-12 .

"Give Portage credit," Urban said. "They made plays."

Wadding went down with 21.1 seconds left in the half, sucking the noise out of the Chesterton crowd through the duration of halftime.

"(Losing Wadding) was a big difference," Milledge said. "They wanted to pound it inside to get easy baskets."

Austin Peterson got rolling with 10, including a pair of 3s, in the third quarter as the Trojans chipped away at the deficit.

They were within four three times in the fourth quarter before Milledge and Martin (18 points) steadied the Indians. Down 55-44, Chesterton made one last push in the final minute, edging within 56-54 on a Ky Palombizio putback with 20.7 left. The Trojans narrowly missed a steal and Martin curled in a layup and Portage (11-12, 3-4) was able to let the clock run out after Tyler Nelson's trey in the final seconds.

"Its a really nice win for our kids against a really good team," Snodgrass said. "It gives us a fourth-place tie (in the conference). It's been a long time since weve been at that level. We were thinking more about what a win would do for us than a Chesterton loss. The DAC's tough. There are no off nights."

Milledge and Martin combined for 40 points. Peterson's 24 led all scorers. Tyler Nelson had 14, eight of them coming in the last minute. Chesterton was 6 of 18 from the arc with three of those makes coming in the last push.

"Give Portage credit. They played a heck of a game," Urban said. "They made plays. We didn't make enough plays to get the job done. We have to take care of the basketball better and not let teams rebound the way they did. We've got a short window to fix that."

Chesterton, which had a 10-game winning streak snapped, hosts West Side on Friday before opening sectional play Tuesday against Kankakee Valley.

Wadding would presumably not play Friday and the Trojans could choose to sit him in the Sectional opener, a game they should be able to win without him, though nothing's a sure thing after what happened Wednesday.

"This is a very tough one to swallow," Urban said. "I feel terrible for the guys. Hopefully, we can get refocused and be ready for KV Tuesday."

Portage 58, Chesterton 57


CHESTERTON (12-12-12-21)

Tyler Nelson 4-9 4-5 14, Ky Palombizio 2-6 0-0 4, Noah Mahoney 2-4 0-0 4, Austin Peterson 7-16 7-8 24, Jake Wadding 2-3 2-5 6, Jack Eaton 0-0 0-0 0 0, Kolon Cardenas 2-5 0-1 5, Josh Matthews 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Mullen 0-0 0-0 0, Harley Lohmeyer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 19-45 13-19 57.

PORTAGE (18-15-9-16)

James Havrilla 0-3 0-0 0, Brandon English 1-2 0-0 2, Maurion Martin 7-12 4-5 18, Kale Nelson 2-3 0-2 6, Greg Milledge 11-16 0-2 22, Jalen Smith 2-8 2-2 7, Ian Mulle 0-5 3-3 3, Noah Penrose 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 23-49 9-12 58.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 6 (Peterson 3, Nelson 2, Cardenas); Portage 3 (Nelson 2, Smith). Leaders -- Rebounds: Peterson 11 (C); Martin 6 (P). Assists: Nelson 4 (C); Havrilla 3 (P). Steals: Palombizio, Cardenas 2 (C); Milledge 3 (P). Team fouls: Chesterton 18, Portage 15. Fouled out: None. Records: Chesterton 19-3 (5-2); Portage 11-12 (3-4).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 59, Portage 49

The Chesterton junior varsity picked up a 59-49 victory at Portage on Wednesday night.

Offensively, Alex Schmidt led the way with 16 points, while Sean Elliott and Jake Warren each scored 11 points.

Rounding out the scoring were Drew VanderWoude (10 points), Adam Juestel (5 points), Grant Pearson (4 points) and Jack Tilden (2 points).


Posted 2/22/2018




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