That’s why they
call it March Madness.
basketball team overcame a 15-point second half deficit and won their IHSAA
Sectional opener 73-70 over Portage Wednesday night at Michigan City.
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.”
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
“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.”
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
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.”
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.”
AT MICHIGAN CITY
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.
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.
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).