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CHS Boys basketball team outruns Gary Lighthouse

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Gary Lighthouse 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.

“Everybody who 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.

Austin Peterson 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.”

Chesterton’s lead would grow to 55-38 midway through the third quarter.

“Ray (Yagelski) 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.

Chesterton returns 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 Lighthouse 78


Gary Lighthouse (14-16-20-28)

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.

Chesterton (21-19-23-24)

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.

3-point field 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 3).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 48,

Gary Lighthouse 36

The Chesterton 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).




Posted 11/28/2016




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