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Late rally lifts Trojans to 73-70 Sectional win

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That’s why they call it March Madness.

The Chesterton basketball team overcame a 15-point second half deficit and won their IHSAA Sectional opener 73-70 over Portage Wednesday night at Michigan City.

“It’s March. Anything can happen,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “I am so glad I am coaching these guys. We could have easily quit and we found a way to win.”

After Austin Peterson made a basket with 1:08 to play to cut the Indians lead to 62-58, the Trojans took advantage of three consecutive misses at the foul line. Ray Yagelski got to the basket to cut the lead to 62-60 with 26.5 seconds left.

A quick foul by the Trojans resulted in a 64-60 Portage lead.

After Erik Ralph hit one free throw to cut the lead to 64-61 with 14.5 seconds to go, Portage’s Evan Galindo missed a pair of charity tosses with 12.3 seconds to play.

“Without a shot clock and those things, you have to play differently,” Urban said. “We had to extend the game as long as possible to have a chance to catch up. We rebounded the ball on their misses and found ways to make plays.”

Yagelski rushed the ball down the floor and was fouled by Portage’s Maurion Martin attempting a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.

“Ray understood the time. They took away our first and second option and he made a play,” Urban said. “Ray stepped up and hit some big time free throws on a night where we weren’t very good from the line. He hit them when they counted.”

Yagelski, who scored 19 points, hit just 5-of-11 free throw attempts on the night while the Trojans struggled to a 19-of-35 performance.

“We said from the beginning that we want to play harder, tougher and smarter than everyone else,” Urban said. “We stress it every day. We weren’t really tough and smart tonight, but we played really hard and good things happen when you do that.”

The Indians scored the first four points of overtime, but an 8-0 run that included four points from Peterson led to a 72-68 lead. Peterson scored a game-high 24 points.

“Going in we thought we had an advantage inside and we wanted to throw it down there,” Urban said. “We thought it would be the easiest way to score. Pete had a great pace and moves really well. He’s a really good basketball player and had a good motor tonight.”

Ralph’s free throw with 11.1 seconds to go set the final score.

“This was our ninth overtime game and having gone through that helped tonight,” Urban said. “We are better today than we were in November. I’m so pumped that these kids have bought in and that they are hungry and excited. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”

The Trojans scored the game’s first eight points, but trailed 13-12 after one quarter and were down 36-27 at the half.

“We weren’t very good defensively. We let some things happen that we talked about not letting happen,” Urban said. “They got baskets in transition and on the offensive boards. Those are things we’ll have to be better at.”

Chesterton will take on Crown Point, a 66-36 winner over Hobart, in the second semifinal Friday night. The first semifinal will pit Michigan City against Merrillville with the tip set for 6 p.m.

“They’ve got a guy going to Purdue and three more headed to play in college. It’s like trying to guard a small college team,” Urban said. “Our kids have to buy in to doing it together Friday night. We’ll clearly be the underdog and that’s a fun position to be in.”

Chesterton 73, Portage 70


Portage (13-23-9-19-6)

Evan Galindo 6-15 1-3 15, Alex Constandars 0-2 0-0 0, Maurion Martin 5-15 4-7 14, James Havrilla 4-8 0-1 8, Zachary Rudd 1-1 0-0 2, Kale Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Stephen Jansen 0-1 1-2 1, Greg Milledge 6-12 10-11 22, Ian Mulle 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 26-59 16-24 70.

Chesterton (12-15-12-25-9)

Ray Yagelski 7-15 5-11 19, Erik Ralph 3-6 4-6 10, Jake Wadding 4-10 3-5 11, Ky Palombizio 1-4 5-6 7, Austin Peterson 8-14 2-5 24, Harley Lohmeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 1-2 0-0 2, Noah Mahoney 0-0 0-2 0, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 19-35 73.

3-point field goals: Portage 2-13 (Galindo 2-7, Constandars 0-2, Martin 0-2, Jansen 0-1, Mulle 0-1); Chesterton 2-13 (Yagelski 0-2, Ralph 0-1, Palombizio 0-3, Peterson 2-6, Lohmeyer 0-1). Rebounds: Portage 36 (Martin 9); Chesterton 38 (Peterson 10). Assists: Portage 12 (Galindo 4); Chesterton 9 (Ralph 2, Mahoney 2). Steals: Portage 4 (Havrilla 2); Chesterton 4 (Ralph 2).


Posted 3/2/2017





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