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Trojan Boys can't keep up with Crown Point

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At times Saturday afternoon, Chesterton may have wondered if Crown Point had more than five players on the court.

The Bulldogs found open looks inside and outside on the Trojans, and made more than they missed in a decisive 72-58 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

"It was more their execution,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “Crown Point shot it well. They hit 3s. They had an inside game. They just played a really good game and we weren’t at our best. In a DAC game, if you’re not at your best, you’re going to have trouble.”

The teams went back and forth for about 10 minutes before Crown Point converted three consecutive offensive rebounds into baskets, including a Bret Barclay dunk, to go in front for good. Late in the half, freshman Sasha Stefanovic drilled a pair of 3s, two of the four the Bulldogs (7-3, 2-1) hit in the quarter, to send the hosts to the break up 35-28.

“We did a fantastic job following up misses with easy shots, rebounding, getting fouled and getting to the foul line,” C.P. coach Clint Swan said.

Crown Point took a cue from Chesterton’s big third quarter Wednesday at Andrean, continuing to build the lead after the half. After a Chris Palombizio free throw got the Trojans (9-4, 2-1) within 37-31, the Bulldogs ran off a quick 10 points, with Grant Gelon canning two of his four triples in the stretch.

"We saw their third quarter in the Andrean game,” Swan said. “We were worried about their run. We said, how about we make our own run?”

Chesterton drew within 10 early in the fourth quarter on a Jake Wasielewski three-point play and two Palombizio free throws but never cut the deficit to single digits again.

“They hurt inside the second half,” Peller said. “They got a couple easy baskets and it went from there. They’re a little better than the teams we’ve played (lately). We couldn’t get any stops.”

Palombizio scored a game-high 20 points, but managed just one field goal in the second half, and shot 5 of 16 from the field before fouling out late.

“Chris struggled at times,” Peller said. “They’ve got guys who are as tall as him. They defended us pretty well.”

Wasielewski added 15 points and six rebounds, while Corey Rusboldt notched 13 points with three treys. No other Trojan managed more than four though Chesterton had five players make 3s.

Crown Point drained 10 3s, shooting 43 percent from the arc, 51 percent overall, and 90 percent (18 of 20) from the free throw stripe, where it recorded its last seven points. Four Bulldogs reached double digits, topped by Barclay and Gelon with 15. Barclay also snagged nine rebounds.

"It’s the best we’ve played all year,” Swan said. “It’s the biggest win we’ve had in quite a while from the standpoint they’re a really good team. We had everybody play well.”

The game was moved due to weather conditions Friday night.

“We were a little out of synch, but they had to do the same thing,” Peller said. “We weren’t real good and they were real good.”

Chesterton fell out of the DAC lead with the loss, which broke a five-game winning streak.

The team hits the road twice this week, Tuesday at Mishawaka Marian and Friday at Lake Central.

Crown Point 72, Chesterton 58


Chesterton (11-17-10-20)

Trent Weller 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 5-16 8-10 20, Corey Rusboldt 5-12 0-0 13, Jake Wasielewski 6-11 2-3 15, Rhyss Lewis 1-3 0-0 3, Niles Dilosa 2-4 0-0 4, Brandon Roeske 1-2 0-0 3. Totals -- 20-49 10-13 58.

Crown Point (13-22-18-19)

Blake Bonin 2-4 6-6 12, Josh Berquist 1-6 2-2 4, Grant Gelon 4-12 3-4 15, Nick Jeffirs 5-6 1-2 11, Bret Barclay 5-9 4-4 15, Noah Burkholder 3-4 0-0 7, Thayne Bukowski 0-0 2-2 2, Sasha Stefanovic 2-2 0-0 6. Totals -- 22-43 18-20 72.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 8 (Palombizio 2, Rusboldt 3, Wasielewski, Roeske, Lewis); Crown Point 10 (Stefanovic 2, Burkholder, Barclay, Bonin 2, Gelon 4). Leaders -- Rebounds: Wasielwski 6 (C); Barclay 9 (CP). Assists: Ralph 2 (C). Steals: Weller 2, Palombizio 2 (C).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 31, Crown Point 29

The Chesterton junior varsity boys team improved to 9-4 on the year with a 31-29 victory over Crown Point on Saturday.

Antwan Beeks finished with a team-high 11 points to go along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Jake Weber tallied eight points (8 rebounds), while Jordan Dilosa (3 rebounds) and Jared Struss each added five points in the victory.



Posted 1/27/2014