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
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.”
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
“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.”
AT MICHIGAN CITY
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.
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
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).