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Chesterton Boys get DAC win over Portage 52-45

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If you were in attendance Friday night at Portage High School, you could almost see Chesterton boys basketball coach Tom Peller reach the boiling point.

The host Indians jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led 16-8 after one quarter of play when Peller decided to have a discussion with his team.

We were a step slow in the first quarter and I thought that was a heart and effort thing, Peller said. I was very upset and voiced that. We cant play games that way and they corrected.

After holding the Indians to just two second quarter points, the Trojans rolled their way to a 52-45 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

I thought after the first quarter our defense really stepped up, Peller said. We held them to two points in that second quarter. We didnt play as smart as Id like, but we played hard and I thought our defensive intensity turned the tide.

Remy Lewis started an 8-0 run to start the third quarter and tie the game at 16-all with a 3-pointer and Portage didnt get on the board until an Anton Fentress basket at the 1:05 mark. Those were their only points of the period.

When Mitch McGary hit a triple from the left corner with no time on the clock at the end of the first half, the Trojans had their first lead of the game 19-18.

McGary scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds.

Mitch was solid for us again, Peller said. I thought he played pretty well and is getting stronger and stronger on that foot.

McGary scored three straight points to start the third quarter and pushed the lead to 22-18. The biggest lead of the night for Chesterton came at 34-26 after a 5-0 run that included a triple from Scott Homner.

We got some 3s from Homner that I thought were really important, Peller said.

Homner hit another triple to start the fourth quarter and the Trojans hit 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

We talked about free throw shooting at halftime, Peller said. We were 3-for-9 and its all concentration. Especially on the road, you have to knock them down.

Chesterton 52, Portage 45


Chesterton (8-11-17-16)

Remy Lewis 1-3 0-0 3, Fred Price 2-4 4-5 8, Scott Homner 2-6 2-2 8, Alec Houpt 2-4 1-3 5, Mitch McGary 8-18 8-13 25, KeMonte Price 0-2 1-4 1, Jon Watson 0-1 0-0 0, Blake Sleicher 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-39 16-27 52.

Portage (16-2-13-14)

Keenan Ruzga 2-2 0-0 4, Jake Dixon 2-5 2-2 6, Damonte Lowery 2-2 4-6 8, Eric Lee 2-3 0-0 4, Steve Perry 2-7 3-4 8, Donte Nelson 2-3 0-0 4, Anton Fentress 1-2 0-0 2, Dominique Walton 2-7 2-2 6, Lawrence Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Tristan Pearman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-34 11-14 45.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 4-11 (Lewis 1-3, F. Price 0-1, Homner 2-6, McGary 1-1); Portage 2-9 (Perry 1-5, Walton 0-2, Jones 1-2). Rebounds: Chesterton 31 (McGary 11, Houpt 10); Portage 19 (Dixon 4, Perry 4). Steals: Chesterton 5 (McGary 2); Portage 5 (Dixon 2). Assists: Chesterton 13 (Houpt 4); Portage 7 (Dixon 2, Lowery 2).



Posted 1/25/2010




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