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Trojan Boys fall to No. 9 Crown Point 78-66

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The Chesterton boys basketball team pushed it to the limit, but came up just short.

The Trojans season came to an end in the semifinals of the IHSAA Sectional Friday night in a 78-66 loss to No. 9 Crown Point in Michigan City.

“We lost to a good basketball team,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “I’m really proud of our guys. Our kids fought and didn’t give up. We kept fighting to the end.”

The Trojans trailed just 46-43 after three quarters as they used a 7-2 run to end the frame. Ky Palombizio hit a triple and Ray Yagelski recorded a steal and basket during the run.

Yagelski finished with a team-high 26 points, whilee Palombizio added 16 in the loss.

“Our kids were locked in, ready to go and excited,” Urban said. “When you come out on the losing end of it, you’re so proud that they were that engaged.”

Purdue signee Sasha Stefanovic took over the game to start the fourth quarter as he scored nine straight points for the Bulldogs en route to a 17-2 run that put CP on top 63-45 with 4:37 to play. Stefanovic finished with a game-high 29 points.

“Sasha is good. He’s tough to guard because he can score in so many ways. He does that to everybody he plays,” Urban said. “It’s like a college basketball team. You’ve got a kid going to Purdue and three other guys going somewhere to play college ball and they play really well together. If you give them an inch, they are going to take it.”

Chesterton turned up the heat and went on 12-2 run to cut the lead to 70-62 with 1:23 to play, but could get no closer.

“That stretch at the beginning of the fourth was the difference,” Urban said. “When you get behind against a team like that and start chasing, it’s tough. We wanted to be patient. We were as patient as I’d like at times. Some of that is because we were behind. You have to try to get it to a third side and when we did, we had some success.”

Chesterton hit on 24-of-55 shots (44 percent) from the field, while Crown Point was 25-of-55 (46 percent). The difference came at the foul line where the Bulldogs outscored the Trojans 21-13.

“From day one it was about establishing the culture we want to have here at Chesterton,” Urban said. “You just have to grind through the season and stick with it. They were completely different today than they were in November when we first got together. That’s a credit to them.”

The Trojans ended the season 16-9 overall and graduate just two seniors, Yagelski and Erik Ralph.

“What those two seniors have meant this year and what they’ve done for us is incredible,” Urban said. “They won’t be forgotten. We didn’t have much time together, but we made the most of it. Whatever success we have down the road, those guys will be a big part of it.”

IHSAA Sectional


Crown Point (17-15-14-32)

Dominic Tomich 0-5 2-3 2, Sam Krutz 0-3 2-2 2, Sasha Stefanovic 8-15 9-11 29, Ken Decker 7-14 2-4 19, Andrew Kenneally 9-15 4-9 22, Matt Hanlon 0-0 2-2 2, Camron Pimentel 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-55 21-31 78.

Chesterton (16-10-17-23)

Ray Yagelski 10-20 3-7 26, Erik Ralph 1-4 2-2 4, Jake Wadding 1-1 0-1 2, Ky Palombizio 6-13 2-2 16, Austin Peterson 4-10 1-1 9, Harley Lohmeyer 0-2 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Mullen 0-0 2-2 2, Noah Mahoney 2-3 3-4 7, Brayden Cortwright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 13-19 66.

3-point field goals: Crown Point 7-18 (Stefanovic 4-7, Decker 3-10, Pimentel 0-1); Chesterton 5-21 (Yagelski 3-6, Ralph 0-1, Palombizio 2-6, Peterson 0-4, Lohmeyer 0-2, Eaton 0-1, Mahoney 0-1). Rebounds: Crown Point 43 (Kenneally 14); Chesterton 29 (Palombizio 8). Assists: Crown Point 13 (Tomich 4); Chesterton 7 (Palombizio 2, Peterson 2). Steals: Crown Point 5 (Tomich 2); Chesterton 4 (Palombizio 2).


Posted 3/6/2017




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