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Trojan Boys Basketball rolls to 92-41 victory in Sectional opener

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There’s no place like home.

The Chesterton boys basketball team proved that on Tuesday night in a 92-41 victory over Kankakee Valley in their IHSAA Sectional opener.

“It’s nice playing at home,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We’ll host it every year if they’ll let us.”

The Trojans scored the game’s first five points with a basket from Josh Matthews and three points from Noah Mahoney and never looked back. Chesterton would hit 10-of-17 shots in the first quarter to build a 26-11 advantage.

“I think our guys had an edge to them tonight, which is good,” Urban said. “We shot the ball with confidence tonight.”

Things only got worse for KV in the second quarter as Nick Mullen hit a three and Ky Palombizio hit two triples on a quick 9-0 run to push the lead to 35-11.

Harley Lohmeyer hit three of his career-high five 3’s in the quarter that saw Chesterton go 7-of-9 from 3-point range and build a 58-23 halftime edge.

“We were hitting the open guy and guys hit open shots,” Urban said. “That’s good to see. I don’t think we took any bad shots tonight.”

Lohmeyer led the Trojans with 15 points, while Palombizio (14), Noah Maohney (12), Tyler Nelson (12) and Jack Eaton (11) also reached double figures. Nick Mullen (10 rebounds) led Chesterton to a 37-22 edge on the backboards.

“With (Jake) Wadding out the past couple of games, some guys have gotten more minutes and they’ve come through,” Urban said. “They’ve really stepped up and that’s only going to make us better.”

The Trojans had 12 players in uniform Tuesday night, 11 of whom scored. Wadding, who injured his ankle against Portage last week, dressed and didn’t play.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Urban said. “He’s gone lightly in practice this week, so we wanted to get him a little work in warm-ups. We’ll just have to see how he progresses.”

Chesterton will play Merrillville on Friday night at 6 p.m. in the IHSAA Sectional semifinals at CHS. Game two will feature Wednesday night’s winners at 7:30 p.m.

“Now we’ve got to get locked in on Merrillville,” Urban said. “We have to have that chip on our shoulder when we play them. They beat us pretty good last time.”

Chesterton 92, Kankakee Valley 41


Kankakee Valley (11-12-9-9)

Malik Hemphill 0-8 0-0 0, William Bonilla 4-13 3-4 13, Jaxon Grace 2-7 2-2 6, Wade Williams 5-12 1-2 11, Elijah Gott 1-2 5-6 8, Chris Cooley 1-3 0-0 2, Grant Marshall 0-1 1-2 1, Tyler Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Cordell Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Robbie Hofferth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-46 12-16 41.

Chesterton (26-32-21-13)

Josh Matthews 2-2 2-2 6, Tyler Nelson 5-6 0-0 12, Noah Mahoney 4-5 4-6 12, Ky Palombizio 5-10 0-0 14, Austin Peterson 3-5 0-0 7, Harley Lohmeyer 5-8 0-0 15, Kolton Cardenas 1-5 0-0 2, Jack Eaton 4-8 2-2 11, Nick Mullen 3-4 1-1 8, Alex Schmidt 1-1 0-0 2, Drew VanderWoude 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 34-55 10-12 92.

3-point field goals: Kankakee Valley 3-19 (Hemphill 0-6, Bonilla 2-7, Grace 0-4, Gott 1-1, Cooley 0-1); Chesterton 14-24 (Nelson 2-2, Palombizio 4-6, Peterson 1-2, Lohmeyer 5-6, Cardenas 0-2, Eaton 1-4, Mullen 1-2). Rebounds: Kankakee Valley 22 (Bonilla 5); Chesterton 37 (Mullen 10). Assists: Kankakee Valley 1 (Hemphill 1); Chesterton 22 (Cardenas 6). Steals: Kankakee Valley 5 (Bonilla 2); Chesterton 8 (Mullen 2, Nelson 2).




Posted 2/28/2018




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