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CHS Boys Basketball opens Saturday at home

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That’s the key word in all discussions with CHS head boys basketball coach Tom Peller as the 2013-2014 season begins.

“We have three starters back and another one that is back after missing some time last year,” Peller said. “We have a veteran group off a good 13-9 season. We think we’re in good shape and we understand what we are supposed to do to reach the expectations we have.”

The Trojans will tipoff the season on Saturday when they play host to Mishawaka. The junior varsity game will start at 1 p.m.

“Conference and Sectional Championships are our two main goals,” Peller said. “We want those titles and then advance as far as we can in the tournament.”

The largest portion of that load will fall on seniors Cole Teal and Corey Rusboldt, along with junior Chris Palombizio.

“The chemistry between the three seems to be really good right now,” Peller said. “They feed off of each other well and they all bring different things to the table. The outside shot for us is going to be important, but the number one priority on offense for us is getting to the basket and the foul line.

“We have a lot of good drivers and getting the ball inside off the bounce will be important for us.”

The Trojans also get a boost from the return of senior Jacob Wasielewski and classmate Andrew Ralph. Avery Beeks’ return will also be a key.

“Andrew Ralph is solid and Jake coming back gives us some size and athleticism inside,” Peller said.

“Avery gives us a lot of quickness on the perimeter and some varsity experience. Getting him back will only add to the depth we have.”

Chesterton should also get depth from a trio of sophomores that includes Niles Dilosa, Rhyss Lewis and Trent Weller.

“The three sophomores of Niles, Rhyss and Trent have really done some good things,” Peller said. “They, along with the other guys, understand their roles well and that helps.”

The Trojans will have to deal with a lack of size inside and that does concern Peller.

“The biggest concern is our lack of size inside and the lack of depth with our size,” Peller said. “Jacob Weber and Max Dille have been battling inside and they’ve shown some good things.”

To offset that lack of physical size inside, the Trojans will incorporate an uptempo game and the mixing up of its defense from possession to possession.

“We like a 1-3-1 zone because of our length and size on the perimeter, but we’ll mix it up,” Peller said. “We’ll try to push the ball up and down the floor and get a good shot in early offense. If we don’t get the shot we want, we’ll have to be patient enough to pull it back out and execute in the half-court.”



Posted 11/29/2013