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Late rally not enough for Chesterton Boys

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The Chesterton boys basketball team turned up the defense in the second half and knocked down some late jumpers, but it wasn’t enough to correct their early errors in a 47-45 loss to Mishawaka Saturday night.

“We’re just not consistent enough right now,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “We keep giving ourselves chances, but seem to come up with an untimely turnover.”

The Trojans got out to a 6-5 lead in the first quarter, but a 5-0 run by Mishawaka posted them to a 10-5 lead.

Chesterton turned the ball over six times in the second quarter allowing the Cavemen to build a 28-16 lead at halftime.

“Turnover and offensive rebounds really were our problem in the first half,” Peller said. “We had nine turnovers and they had nine offensive rebounds. That’s 18 extra chances they got.”

Things started to correct themselves as Chesterton put together a quick 5-0 run to start the third quarter, while holding Mishawaka to just 2-of-15 (13 percent) shooting in the period. Corey Rusboldt’s 3-pointer as the horn sounded cut the lead to 36-28.

Another 5-0 run to start the fourth quarter pulled the Trojans within 36-33. A 7-0 run that included triples from Cole Teal and Chris Palombizio put Chesterton up 42-41 with 2:02 to play.

“We showed a lot of character in the second half on the road to make a comeback like that,” Peller said. “We stuck with it and got some stops and some scores. It was different guys and that’s something we can build on.”

Mishawaka hit four free throws before Palombizio added another trey to tie the score at 45 with 25.7 seconds left.

The Caveman held for the final shot and Chris Mitchell, who finished with a game-high 17 points, was followed by Chesterton’s Avery Beeks near midcourt with 3.7 seconds left. Mitchell hit both free throws.

Donnie Johnson’s desperation 3-point attempt glanced off the rim as time expired.

“We’re young and the season is still young,” Peller said. “We’re 1-3, but we aren’t gong to panic. We’ll keep plugging away and try to get better.”

Holba and Palombizio led the Trojan offense with 10 points, while Teal finished with seven. Beeks added six points in the loss.

Mishawaka 47, Chesterton 45


Chesterton (6-10-12-17)

Avery Beeks 3-5 0-0 6, Matt Holba 2-4 6-6 10, Chris Palombizio 4-12 0-0 10, Cole Teal 2-5 1-2 7, Tevin Dilosa 0-1 1-2 1, Mike Thanos 1-1 0-0 2, Andrew Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Andert 1-2 0-0 2, Donnie Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Jacob Wasielewski 1-1 0-0 2, Brandon Roeske 0-0 0-0 0, Corey Rusboldt 1-3 0-2 3. Totals 16-36 8-12 45.

Mishwaka (10-18-8-11)

Mike Buchanan 1-6 4-6 6, Don Mitchell 1-5 3-4 5, Chris Mitchell 6-14 2-3 17, Jacob Schmatz 2-3 0-0 4, Cody Childress 3-11 3-3 9, TJ Hursey 2-3 0-0 6, Caleb Gabler 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Gruler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-43 12-16 47.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 5-13 (Palombizio 2-6, Teal 2-5, Johnson 0-1, Rusboldt 1-1); Mishawaka 5-15 (D. Mitchell 0-3, C. Mitchell 3-8, Hursey 2-3, Gruler 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 22 (Dilosa 7); Mishawaka 26 (Buchanan 5, Childress 5). Assists: Chesterton 6 (Rusboldt 3); Mishawaka 2 (C. Mitchell 1, Schmatz 1). Steals: Chesterton 5 (Holba 2); Mishawaka 0.

Junior Varsity

Mishawaka 37, Chesterton 36

The Chesterton junior varsity basketball team fell to 2-2 on the year with a 37-36 loss at Mishawaka Saturday night.

Niles Dilosa led the Trojans with 14 points, while Jordan Dilosa and Rhyss Lewis each scored eight points. Jordan Dilosa also grabbed a game-high six rebounds.

Steffan Dines dished out five assists and Niles Dilosa had three steals in the loss.


Posted 12/10/2012