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The Chesterton boys basketball team has some unfinished business.

One year after posting 21 wins, a disappointing 80-59 loss in the Sectional to Merrillville, has fueled an off-season that should serve the Trojans well.

“I’m really excited about this group,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “I really like the kids and the makeup of the team. We’ve got a chance to be really good.”

The Trojans return 6-foot-4 junior forward Jake Wadding and 6-foot-1 junior guard Tyler Nelson to the starting lineup.

“We have guys that have been with us for 2-3 years, so we have some experience,” Urban said. “Jake and Tyler have played a lot of starter minutes.”

Chesterton also has the return of senior guards Jack Eaton and Kolton Cardenas, along with 6-foot-9 classmate Nick Mullen.

“Jack, Kolton and Nick have logged a lot of minutes as well,” Urban said. “I feel like our older guys have been very vocal in helping some of the new guys. That’s huge for us. They’ve stopped practice at points and talked about how we do things.

“That’s really nice to have. They are leading that way and that’s awesome.”

The Trojans should also get help from freshman Travis Grayson, sophomores Sean Elliott and Tyler Vanderwoude, juniors Alex Schmidt and Jake Warren, along with senior Drew Vanderwoude.

“Travis is coming along really well,” Urban said. “Warren, Alex and Sean area all going to make an impact too.”

Urban’s team should have a few wrinkles they can throw at the DAC’s top teams like Valparaiso, Crown Point, Michigan City and Merrillville.

“I think we have the ability to play several different ways,” Urban said. “Tyler and Jake can score. We’ve got some height inside and they can move. We have to kind of get out there and see where we are.”

Offensively, the Trojans will look to move the ball side-to-side with getting a touch in the paint as well.

“We’ll probably play a lot like we did last year. Nick has really played well in the post and Jake obviously can too. We get better shots when we move the ball through the post, inside-out,” Urban said. “We don’t have a guy that can just clear out the side and he’ll get you 30. We have to play within the offense, but the ball has to touch the paint and then make the right read.

“The ball has to move for us and when it’s your turn to shoot it, you’ve got to knock it in.”

On defense, the Trojans will be primarily a man-to-man team, with the occasional zone and press.

“Defensively, teams are so good that you can just press for 32 minutes, but we have the personnel to do whatever we need to do,” Urban said. “I think we can be really good on the defensive end. We have a lot of interchangeable guys if we want to make switches. We’re getting better.”

The key to the season may come on the backboards.

“We have to be good on the backboards,” Urban said. “We have to be able to rebound the basketball and then get out in transition and take good shots, I think we’ll be a tough team to beat.”

The Trojans open the season tonight when they host Class 1A No. 6 Gary 21st Century. The JV game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip.


Posted 11/21/2018




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