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Grayson and Chesterton Boys beat LaPorte, 67-44

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When sophomore 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.

“We challenged 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 challenge.”

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.”

After trailing 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.”

While leading 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.

“Between (Grant) 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 back.”

Jake Warren added eight points and Alex Schmidt chipped in seven to round out the top scorers for Chesterton.

“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.

Chesterton 67, LaPorte 44


LaPorte (20-7-9-8)

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.

Chesterton (18-20-19-10)

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.

3-point field 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

Chesterton 47, LaPorte 39

The Chesterton 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 victory.

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).



Posted 1/20/2020




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