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CHS Boys fall in DAC opener at Merrillville

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Every little mistake just seemed to multiply.

The Chesterton boys basketball team turned the ball over 23 times and gave up 15 offensive rebounds in dropping a 76-56 Duneland Athletic Conference decision at Merrillville on Saturday night.

It was the league opener for both teams.

“I thought the first half really killed us. We did all the things you can’t do if you want to win at Merrillville,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We had 23 turnovers, gave up 15 offensive rebounds and shot poorly from the free throw line. You can’t do that on the road and expect to have a chance to win.”

The Trojans trailed just 16-14 after one period of play and tied the game at 18 early in the second quarter after a basket by Ky Palombizio. Palombizio led the Trojans with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

A basket by Jake Wadding with 5:25 to play in the second quarter was Chesterton’s last basket of the half as the Pirates finished on a 14-4 run that pushed their lead to 38-24.

“We missed a lot of free throws early that could have kept things tighter too,” Urban said. “When you get down to these guys, they are so athletic and talented, that it’s hard to get back into the game.”

The Trojans battled back in the third quarter and cut the Merrillville lead to 47-40.

“We wanted to cut it to 7 going into the fourth quarter and we did that,” Urban said. “They put a lot of pressure on us and we actually went by them some, but we got fouled and didn’t convert. We got to the line and just didn’t make them.”

Chesterton even pulled within 49-44 with 6:44 to play on back-to-back Wadding baskets before the Pirates put together a 24-7 run to pull away. Wadding finished with 15 points.

“We got it to 5 and gave up some offensive rebounds and turned the ball over again. We can’t get down like that against a team this good,” Urban said. “They were up and we had to come out and pressure them. They spread us out and were able to get lanes to the basket.

“Just another case of why you can’t fall behind like that.”

Merrillville outrebounded the Trojans 34-20 and hit on 28-of-52 shots (54 percent) from the field, while the Trojans were 20-of-43 (46 percent) from the floor.

“We have to be able to rebound. We have to take care of the basketball. We have to defend,” Urban said. “If we don’t do those things, there will be more nights like this.”

Merrillville 76, Chesterton 56


Chesterton (14-10-16-16)

Tyler Nelson 1-1 2-4 5, Jack Eaton 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Wadding 7-11 1-3 15, Ky Palombizio 7-14 2-4 20, Austin Peterson 2-10 3-4 7, Josh Matthews 1-1 0-0 2, Harley Lohmeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 20-43 10-17 56.

Merrillville (16-22-9-29)

Keon Thompson 1-4 0-0 2, Johnny Bernard 5-13 7-12 18, Jaylon Holmes 5-10 0-0 10, Rob Sanders 4-6 7-7 15, Richard Balkcom 9-12 5-7 23, Cameron Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Will Fulton 0-1 0-0 0, Darryon Bandy 4-6 0-0 8, Lavari Ruffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 19-26 76.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 6-17 (Nelson 1-1, Eaton 1-2, Palombizio 4-7, Peterson 0-5, Cardenas 0-1, Mahoney 0-1); Merrillville 1-9 (Thompson 0-3, Bernard 1-4, Fulton 0-1, Bandy 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 20 (Wadding 8); Merrillville 34 (Holmes 8, Balkcom 8). Assists: Chesterton 12 (Wadding 4); Merrillville 9 (Holmes 6). Steals: Chesterton 5 (Nelson 3); Merrillville 12 (Bernard 3, Holmes 3, Balkcom 3).


Posted 1/8/2018




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