Prep Academy ran and ran and ran Saturday night.
The Chesterton boys
basketball team ran right with them and had an answer for every run as they
improved to 2-0 on the season with an 87-78 victory.
“I thought we did a
good job for the most part against the speed and defense they used,”
Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “At times, I thought we got complacent and
that is something that is just going to take time to learn. Our experienced
guys came through for us tonight. We won’t use inexperience as a crutch.
played tonight really contributed to the win.”
Lighthouse hit four
first quarter 3-pointers on their way to shooting 13-of-30 (43 percent) from
behind the 3-point line, but the Trojans led 21-14 at the quarter break.
scored eight first quarter points on his way to a game-high 22 points for
the Trojans. The junior also added nine rebounds and five assists.
“We were better
tonight as a team unselfishly than we did against West Side (in the season
opener),” Urban said. “If you get past the first line of defense, you have
some chances to make some simple plays on the break.”
The visiting Lions
started the second stanza on an 11-2 run to gain a 25-23 lead, but the
Trojans answered with a 14-0 run of its own.
“The second quarter
was huge for us,” Urban said. “When you play a team like that, they are
going to make runs. They made another one in the second half too. But, to
our kids credit, they calmed down made plays and got some timely buckets.”
would grow to 55-38 midway through the third quarter.
played really well in beating their front line and that gave us a chance to
score at the basket. If he plays like that, we could be all right,” Urban
said. “Sometimes you didn’t even really know what they were in, just that
they were coming after you. When that happens, you just have to present
yourself and go be a basketball player. Make a play.”
The Lions went on a
3-point barrage early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 68-62, but
Erik Ralph’s conventional three-point play and a pair of free throws from
Ralph and Jake Wadding pushed the lead to 76-64.
Wadding scored a
career-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Ralph added 11 points
and tallied 10 rebounds.
“This was a higher
scoring game because there are so many more possessions,” Urban said. “Early
we did a really good job on the boards, but we ball-watched a little bit
when they made their runs. We have to make sure we continue to battle down
low for 32 minutes.
“We have to be able
to play hard and be smart and put 32 minutes together.”
Ky Palombizio hit
three of the six Chesterton triples on the night on his way to 18 points as
the Trojans hit on 29-of-56 shots (52 percent) from the field.
to the court on Wednesday night when they host a tripleheader against
Hammond Morton beginning with the freshman game at 4 p.m.
Chesterton 87, Gary
Jonquell Dawson 4-8
3-3 12, Daivon Deloney 2-4 0-1 6, Jaylon Williams 5-15 3-5 17, Theodore
McGhee 0-5 0-2 0, Marquise Smith 0-3 2-4 2, Javon Riley 3-11 2-2 9, Dennis
Haynes 6-11 1-1 17, Monyia White 2-2 1-1 5, Daryl Boone 0-0 0-0 0, Deric
Owens 1-4 6-9 8, Andrell Kendrick 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-64 18-28 78.
Ray Yagelski 2-4
1-3 6, Erik Ralph 2-5 7-10 11, Tony Gilyan 1-1 0-2 3, Jake Wadding 8-10 5-7
21, Brayden Cortwright 1-3 0-0 2, Harley Lohmeyer 0-0 3-4 3, Kolton Cardenas
0-0 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 0-3 1-2 1, Ky Palombizio 7-14
1-1 18, Austin Peterson 8-16 5-7 22. Totals 29-56 23-36 87.
goals: Gary Lighthouse 13-30 (Dawson 1-1, Deloney 2-2, Williams 4-9, McGhee
0-2, Smith 0-1, Riley 1-4, Haynes 4-9, White 1-1, Owens 0-1); Chesterton
6-14 (Yagelski 1-3, Gilyan 1-1, Mahoney 0-1, Palombizio 3-4, Peterson 1-5).
Rebounds: Gary Lighthouse 32 (Dawson 10); Chesterton 46 (Wadding 11, Ralph
10). Assists: Gary Lighthouse 7 (Owens 2); Chesterton 18 (Yagleski 5,
Peterson 5). Steals: Gary Lighthouse 15 (Owens 4); Chesterton 8 (Palombizio
Gary Lighthouse 36
junior varsity improved to 2-0 on the season with a 48-36 victory over Gary
Lighthouse on Saturday night.
Jack Eaton led the
Trojan offense with 14 points, while Tyler Nelson and Drew Vanderwoude added
six points each.
Rounding out the
scoring were Alex Schmidt (5 points), Andrew Urycki (4 points), Jacob Warren
(4 points), Kolton Cardenas (3 points), Cameron Schultz (2 points), Nick
Mullen (2 points) and Haydn Malackowski (2 points).