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CHS Boys Hoops opens Saturday with Andrean

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One historic year. Now, turn the page.

That’s the philosophy that fourth year Chesterton boys basketball coach Marc Urban has to have as the 2019-2020 season starts Saturday night against Andrean.

“We have to develop this team. It’s a different team than last year,” Urban said. “They are in the record books, now it’s time to move on.”

The philosophy that brought the Trojans their first Sectional title since 1987 has changed though.

“I think you preach to them for three years that if you do the work, pay attention to details then it’s going to happen. Last year we got it done,” Urban said. “Two years ago we lost to Merrillville at home and learned a lot from it. Last year, we won, and we have to learn from that too.”

The Trojans center around senior Jake Wadding. The Grace College commit averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last year.

“Jake has got a good vibe about him,” Urban said. “He’s a tough match-up when he gets the ball in certain spots. Teams will try to take him away, but he’s always been very unselfish. There are times that he has to be aggressive and to make a play.

“When he has a good motor, he’s really special.”

Sophomore Travis Grayson also returns to the lineup after averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 assists per contest.

“Travis just played last year. This year, he knows what to expect,” Urban said. “That also means that my expectations for him have gone up. He’s improved a lot on things we thought he needed to work on. When he makes the right decisions, he makes us really good.”

The Trojans should also get a boost from the return of seniors Alex Schmidt and Jake Warren, along with junior Sean Elliott.

“We have a few guys that have varsity experience like Alex, Sean and Jake (Warren),” Urban said. “The thing is that their role is going to change and it’ll take a little time for them to make that jump. As they get more comfortable and realize they are the guy, they’ll have some big nights.”

The rest of the Chesterton rotation will include juniors Charlie Eaton and Tyler Vanderwoude, along with sophomores Luke Lombardini and Chris Mullen.

“Luke and Charlie, Tyler and Chris are all guys that are going to play minutes and have a certain role that they can excel in,” Urban said. “Charlie is a really good defender. Luke and Tyler are shooting the ball well. Chris is a kid that is just a tough, tough kid. He makes plays and gets it done. We’re going to need guys like that.”

The Trojans will continue to focus on the defensive end as they try to repeat their Sectional title.

“We have to continue to develop our mindset defensively. We have to defend to win with a tough conference and Sectional,” Urban said. “We’ve always relied on our defense and we have to continue to get better. I think we want to put ourselves in the position that we were in last year. To do that, you can’t change. We have to work hard, day in and day out, grind and keep working on the details.

“If we can be tough-minded and play together, we’ll have a chance.”


Posted 11/29/2019




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