At 5-1, Chesterton
continues to turn heads in the Region, if not in its own locker room.
"I don't find it to
be a surprise," junior Austin Peterson said after Friday's 66-49 romp past
Roosevelt. "Nobody saw (freshman) Jake (Wadding) coming on like this, except
us. From day one of fall conditioning, you could see, wow, he's really good.
We've got a little experience with me, Ray (Yagelski) and Ky (Palombizio)
and we've been able to pass it down to the younger guys. Coach (Marc) Urban
came in and got us ready for the season."
The Trojans never
trailed, dispatching the Panthers (4-3) quickly. They raced to a 27-10 at
the outset of the second quarter on a Harley Lohmeyer 3, their fourth in the
opening nine minutes during a 6-of-11 first-half shooting display from the
arc. Ray Yagelski, battling a flu bug, went off for 11 of his 15 points in
the first period.
"We were patient,"
Urban said. "The ball was moving. Ray's talented. He just has to let the
game come to him, make the simple play."
Chesterton made its
only three baskets of the second quarter from the arc, sustaining the margin
of 17 at the break. They stretched the lead to 24 at 46-22 in the third as
Roosevelt struggled to turn its pressure defense and offensive rebounds into
points. It shot just 33 percent, thanks largely to a fourth-quarter bump
after the game was in hand for the Trojans. Chesterton broke the Panthers
trap a number of times for layups but also committed 22 turnovers.
in what they do," Urban said of Roosevelt. "We've got to do a better job of
rebounding the basketball. We've got to learn to play hard, be tough for 32
minutes. Sometimes, we relax when we start watching the scoreboard. We got a
Roosevelt had no
answer for Peterson, inside or outside, his 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting a
combination of both. His three 3s, which came in the first half, included a
25-footer at the second-quarter horn.
"Austin's able to
shoot it and he's got soft hands. He can finish around the basket well,"
Urban said. "He gives us a calming presence with some of the younger guys."
Chesterton shot 59
"We're just working
the normal offense," Peterson said. "It's not revolving around anyone. We're
playing good team ball, besides the Bowman game. We're working together.
It's nice when you have multiple guys in double digits. That's a huge key to
us. The guys are doing a good job of finding me amd when they're doubling
down, they trust me to kick it back out."
Urban used 12
players, including 11 in the first half and nine of them scored. Peterson,
Wadding and Erik Ralph all nabbed five rebounds.
"It's part of the
whole thing of developing guys," he said. "We've got a lot of guys. There's
no clear cut six or seven. We want all the kids to contribute. This was a
big game coming off the Bowman loss. We listened to people telling us how
good we are. It was good to see us bounce back."
Chesterton 66, Gary
6-16 2-4 14, Tony Tucker 3-8 2-4 8, Dion Moore 3-13 0-0 8, Markee Lunn 5-13
1-2 11, Rob Jamerson 0-4 0-0 0, Jaron McFerson 0-0 0-0 0, Xavier Brown 0-0
0-1 0, Dennis Caldwell 1-3 1-1 3, Jeremiah Smith 2-5 0-0 5. Totals Ñ 20-60
Jake Wadding 2-3
1-2 5, Ky Palombizio 2-5 0-0 5, Austin Peterson 8-11 5-6 24, Erik Ralph 2-5
1-2 5, Ray Yagelski 6-10 3-3 15, Anthony Gilyan 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden
Cortwright 2-3 0-1 4, Tyler Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Cardenas 1-1 0-0 3,
Harley Lohmeyer 1-2 0-0 3, Noah Mahoney 0-1 2-2 2, Jack Eaton 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals Ñ 24-41 12-17 66.
goals: Moore 2, Smith (R); Peterson 3, Palombizio, Cardenas, Lohmeyer (C).
Leaders Ñ Rebounds: Williams 9 (R); Peterson 5, Wadding 5 (C). Assists:
Peterson 3, Yagelski 3 (C). Steals: Williams 4, Moore 4 (R); Yagelski 2 (C).
Gary Roosevelt 36,
junior varsity dropped a 36-35 decision to Gary Roosevelt on Friday night.
Kolton Cardenas led
the Trojans with nine points, while Nick Mullen added eight points.
Rounding out the
scoring were Alex Schmidt (5 points), Jack Eaton (5 points), JP Osafo (2
points), Tyler Nelson (2 points), Jake Warren (2 points) and Drew
VanderWoude (2 points).