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No. 4 Trojans fall at No. 7 Munster

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Two of the state’s best matched up Tuesday night and disappoint those in attendance.

The No. 7 Munster Mustangs hung on to beat No. 4 Chesterton 46-45 as the Trojans last ditch effort was knocked away as time expired.

“That was a really good Indiana High School basketball game,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “They had a huge student section and it was a good environment for us to play in moving forward and prepping for the tournament.”

The Mustangs took a 44-39 lead with 2:41 to play before Jake Wadding split a pair of free throws to pull within 44-40.

“Their zone is so good,” Urban said. “They adjust to what you are doing really well. Early on I thought we found some openings and as the game went on, we didn’t cut as hard as we needed to.”

Alex Schmidt hit a corner 3 for the Trojans to pull within 44-43 with 1:09 to play ahead of a missed one-and-one by the Mustangs.

Tyler Vanderwoude got free underneath for a basket with 44 seconds left for a 45-44 Chesterton lead.

Munster’s Luke Balac, who scored a game-high 20 points, knocked down the eventual game-winner from the foul line with 22 seconds left.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” Urban said. “We left some possessions out there. You don’t learn from those things unless you go through it. I’m proud of our effort and we gave ourselves a chance at the end.”

After a Chesterton timeout, Wadding drove to the basket but had the ball knocked away as the final horn sounded. Wadding finished with a team-high 16 points.

“I thought we were able to get the ball to Jake, especially early,” Urban said. “And we got it where we wanted to late.”

The Trojans Achilles heel on the night was the foul line where they were just 12-of-20 and only 6-of-10 in the fourth quarter.

“It was a possession by possession game and we have to clean up a few of them,” Urban said.

Travis Grayson finished with eight points, while Schmidt (6 points), Jake Warren (5 points), Sean Elliott (4 points), Chris Mullen (4 points) and Vanderwoude (2 points) rounded out the scoring.

Chesterton returns to the court on Friday night when they travel to Portage. The JV game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

“I told them before the game, win or lose, we have to be able to turn the page and get ready for Friday,” Urban said. “We have a chance to get at least a share of the DAC title and that’s only been done twice in school history.”

Munster 46, Chesterton 45


Chesterton (7-11-11-16)

Travis Grayson 3-7 1-1 8, Sean Elliott 0-3 4-6 4, Jake Wadding 6-13 4-9 16, Alex Schmidt 2-7 0-0 6, Jake Warren 2-3 1-2 5, Luke Lombardini 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Mullen 1-1 2-2 4, Charlie Eaton 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Vanderwoude 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 15-36 12-20 45.

Munster (8-13-10-15)

PJ Katona 0-2 0-0 0, Josh Davis 4-10 3-5 11, Jeremiah Lovett 4-8 0-0 8, Luka Balac 8-11 4-5 20, Jeffrey Hemmelgran 0-2 2-2 2, Bryce Schaum 1-1 0-0 3, Clayton Bubash 1-2 0-0 2, Dane Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-36 9-12 46.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 3-9 (Grayson 1-1, Elliott 0-3, Schmidt 2-5); Munster 1-4 (Katona 0-1, Davis 0-1, Lovett 0-1, Schaum 1-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 29 (Warren 8); Munster 21 (Lovett 5, Hemmelgran 5). Assists: Chesterton 7 (Warren 3); Munster (4 (Balac 2). Steals: Chesterton 7 (Grayson 2, Wadding 2, Schmidt 2); Munster 10 (Lovett 3).



Posted 2/12/2020




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