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Chesterton Boys Hoops outlasts Andrean

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By TR HARLAN

It could have been a lot easier, but Chesterton coach Tom Peller doesn’t care.

The Trojans suffered through an 8-of-18 night at the foul line and survived to pick up a 57-52 non-conference victory at Andrean Tuesday night.

“We really struggled at the foul line or this would have been a lot more comfortable,” Peller said. “That’s something we’ll have to get better at. That’s high school basketball sometimes. Kids are kids.”

Chesterton junior Mitch McGary scored six of the Trojans’ first eight points to build an early 8-2 lead before Andrean finished the quarter on a 13-2 run for a 15-10 lead.

The Trojans battled back to take a lead midway through the second quarter when Remy Lewis hit back-to-back 3’s for a 22-21 CHS lead.

“Remy came off the bench and gave us a big lift in the first half with some baskets,” Peller said. “We’ll take a road win. They are a good team with two outstanding freshmen.”

The teams battled their way through the third quarter with Scott Homner hitting a triple and Alec Houpt scoring a basket for a 39-38 Chesterton lead with one quarter to play.

“We went back to our regular man-to-man and tried to contain the basketball, block out and just do the fundamental things,” Peller said. “I thought that really helped us turn the tide. We came together better in the second half and played a lot better defense.”

The Trojan also had to play most of the third quarter and the start of the fourth without McGary who picked up his fourth foul midway through the third. McGary did finish with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

“We didn’t panic when Mitch got in foul trouble because we played the four games without him earlier,” Peller said. “Our guys responded great without him in there.”

With the game tied at 47 at the 2:37 mark, Freddy Price scored on a driving layup and hit a free throw before finding McGary for a basket and a 55-47 lead.

“When we were able to spread the floor and control the tempo, I thought Freddy did a nice job of getting to the basket,” Peller said. “Controlling the tempo, especially at crunch time, was huge. We got some easy baskets.”

The Trojans hit on 23-of-47 shots (49 percent) from the field, while holding Andrean to just 20-of-58 shooting (35 percent).

Chesterton returns to the court on Friday night when they travel to Portage for a girls-guys doubleheader. The boys play at 6 p.m. with the girls following at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Chesterton 57, Andrean 52

AT ANDREAN

Chesterton (10-18-11-18)

KeMonte Price 3-5 0-0 6, Fred Price 4-9 3-6 11, Scott Homner 1-5 2-2 5, Alec Houpt 3-5 0-0 6, Mitch McGary 9-19 2-8 20, Remy Lewis 3-4 1-2 9, Blake Sleicher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 8-18 57.

Andrean (15-11-12-14)

Connor McKernin 2-3 0-0 5, Mike Talian 2-4 0-2 4, Terrance Swayne 1-11 0-0 2, Nick Davidson 4-9 4-6 13, Collin Wojcik 4-12 1-2 12, John Lyczek 0-1 0-0 0, John Morgan 3-9 0-0 7, Pete Nicksic 4-9 1-1 9. Totals 20-58 6-11 52.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 3-11 (K. Price 0-1, F. Price 0-2, Homner 1-5, Lewis 2-3); Andrean 6-19 (McKernin 1-2, Talian 0-2, Davidson 1-2, Wojcik 3-9, Klyczek 0-1, Morgan 1-3). Rebounds: Chesterton 37 (McGary 15); Andrean 33 (Swayne 9). Assists: Chesterton 11 (F. Price 5); Andrean 9 (Davidson 3). Steals: Chesterton 5 (Lewis 2, F. Price 2); Andrean 4 (Morgan 2).

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 1/20/2010

 

 

 

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