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Chesterton Boys Hoops beats Merrillville 68-42

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The Chesterton boys basketball team broke an 11-game losing streak to Merrillville with a 68-42 Duneland Athletic Conference victory on Friday night.

“We’ve got some momentum going right now and the guys are starting to get the chemistry of playing together,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said.

The Trojans jumped out on top with a fast 7-0 start as they racked up their first victory at Merrillville since a 65-61 win on Dec. 2, 2006. Corey Rusboldt scored five of those seven points.

“It’s always shaky on the road with young guys and I thought the quick start really calmed everybody down,” Peller said. “Corey was a real key for us tonight. I thought he shot the ball well and handled it against their pressure.”

Chesterton’s only deficit of the night came early in the second quarter, 16-15, but they responded with an 8-2 run for a 23-18 lead.

The lead grew to 29-19 at the half as Rusboldt and Chris Palombizio each hit triples in the final minute. Palombizio finished with a game-high 23 points and Rusboldt added 19.

“Chris is so steady,” Peller said. “He got to the foul line. He made shots. He did what a leader is supposed to do in a tough game. His intensity on both ends of the floor has gotten better too.”

Leading 31-25 in the third quarter, Palombizio put the Trojans on his shoulders and scored 10 straight points, including 8-of-8 at the foul line, as the lead grew to 43-29 after three periods.

“Merrillville plays that tough, aggressive, trapping defense and that opened up some lanes for us to drive,“ Peller said. “We were aggressive going to the rim and forced them to foul us.”

Jacob Wasielewski scored 10 fourth-quarter points on his way to 13 for the night as the Trojans avoided any late comeback bid by the Pirates.

Chesterton hit on 22-of-37 shots (59.5 percent) from the field and held Merrillville to just 13-of-41 (31 percent).

“We kept them out of the lane on defense and made them shoot the ball over the top of us,” Peller said. “And we kept them from getting very many second shots. I thought defense was really the key.”

Chesterton 68, Merrillville 42

AT MERRILLVILLE

Chesterton (15-14-14-25)

Weller 0-0 2-2 2, Ralph 1-2 0-0 2, Palombizio 6-10 9-9 23, Rusboldt 5-8 6-8 19, Wasielewski 6-9 1-3 13, Lewis 1-4 0-0 2, Dilosa 2-3 1-4 5, Tilden 0-0 0-0 0, Weber 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-37 19-26 68.

Merrillville (10-9-10-13)

Wilkins 3-11 4-6 11, Ma. Cherry 2-4 2-6 8, Muhammad 3-10 0-0 7, Cox 0-1 0-0 0, Stevens 3-7 0-0 6, Mi. Cherry 0-1 0-0 0, Frazier 0-1 1-2 1, McKeethen 1-3 4-5 6, Montgomery 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 13-41 12-21 42.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 5-11 (Palombizio 2-6, Rusboldt 3-5); Merrillville 4-17 (Willkins 1-4, Ma. Cherry 2-4, Muhammad 1-4, Stevens 0-3, Frazier 0-1, Montgomery 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 28 (Palombizio 9); Merrillville 28 (McKeethen 6). Assists: Chesterton 13 (Weller 5); Merrillville 6 (Muhammad 3). Steals: Chesterton 5 (Palombizio 3); Merrillville 1 (Ma. Cherry 1).

 

 

 

Posted 1/13/2014