Travis Grayson went up against LaPorte guard Carson Crass last season, he
felt he was outplayed.
“He outsmarted me,
he was just a better point guard than me last year,” Grayson said.
Grayson said he
came into Friday’s game against LaPorte with that on the back of his mind
and wanted to get his revenge.
The sophomore guard
exacted that revenge with a 26-point performance, including an 8-for-8 mark
from the free-throw line, leading the Trojans to a 67-44 Duneland Athletic
Conference win over the visiting Slicers.
Travis and he found some lanes and alleys and was able to get down there and
finish,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “The biggest thing is letting the
game come to him. He wasn’t trying to be overly aggressive; he was just
letting it come to him. When we allow the game to come to us like that and
we make the right decision, I think that makes us a tough team to defend.”
Grayson said he and
Urban talked about being up to the challenge in practice over the week.
“I didn’t like how
that felt last year when I played him as a freshman,” Grayson said. “Coach
(Urban) challenged me to do better and I put that on my back and wanted to
do a lot better, while also getting everyone else involved. I like a
It was a
season-high point total for Grayson, eclipsing the 20-point plateau for the
first time this season.
“The game is
slowing down for me now and that’s made things much easier for me,” Grayson
said. “It’s a maturity thing too, though. I’m able to pick my spots. I just
gotta make my midrange and 3s now.”
20-18 after one quarter, the Trojans (13-1, 2-0 Duneland Athletic
Conference) outscored the Slicers 39-16 in the second and third quarter.
“(LaPorte) came out
and shot it really well,” Urban said. “To our guys’ credit, they took that
first punch and found a way to make their own run. I thought we played well
the whole time.”
scorer Jake Wadding didn’t do his usual damage in the points department
finishing with 10 points, he was able to snag a game-high 11 rebounds.
Chesterton’s performance on the glass -- having outrebounded LaPorte by
double-digits -- was a focal point for Urban.
Gresham and (Grant) Ott-Large, that’s a really good offensive rebounding
team,” Urban said. “Our big really had to box them out, but our guards also
had to rebound. I think we did a pretty good job on the boards, which was
key because they shoot a lot of 3s and they usually get a lot of their 3s
Jake Warren added
eight points and Alex Schmidt chipped in seven to round out the top scorers
“Our conference is
pretty even throughout and that’s a good basketball team we played,” Urban
said. “You gotta take these one at a time and make sure to take care of your
games at home, because it’s a tough conference with really good coaches.”
Crass was the lone
player in double-digits for the Slicers (7-6, 1-1), finishing with 10.
Ethan Osowski 2 0-0
5, Zach Bragg 1 2-2 5, Micha Spatt 0 0-0 0, Carson Crass 4 2-2 10, Garrott
Ott-Large 3 0-0 8, Drew Noveroske 0 0-0 0, Grant Gresham 1 2-2 4, Brady
Bernth 0 0-2 0, Mason Schroeder 1 1-2 3, Grant Ott-Large 3 2-3 9. Totals --
15 9-13 44.
Travis Grayson 9
8-8 26, Luke Lombardini 0 0-0 0, Landen Johnston 1 0-0 2, Sean Elliott 3 0-0
7, Malcolm Harper 1 0-0 3, Chris Mullen 0 0-0 0, Jake Wadding 4 2-4 10,
Charlie Eaton 0 0-0 0, Tyler VanderWoude 2 0-0 4, Alex Schmidt 3 0-0 7, Jake
Warren 4 0-0 8, Barrett Church 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 27 10-12 67.
goals: Ga. Ott-Large 2, Gr. Ott-Large, Bragg, Osowski (LP); Elliott, Harper,
Schmidt (C). Leaders -- Rebounds: Schroeder 4 (LP); Wadding 11 (C). Steals:
Osowski 2 (LP); Grayson 3 (C). Total fouls: LaPorte 13, Chesterton 12.
Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Records: LaPorte 7-6 (1-1 Duneland
Athletic Conference); Chesterton 13-1 (2-0).
junior varsity picked up a 47-39 victory over LaPorte on Thursday night.
Malcolm Harper led
the Trojans with 12 points, while Landon Johnston added eight points in the
Rounding out the
scoring were Barrett Church (7 points), Carson Parrish (6 points), K’den
Dade (5 points), Chris Mullen (5 points), Karson Cardenas (2 points) and
Jordan Hughes (2 points).