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Trojan Boys Hoops gets back on track

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Coming off a 20-point loss to Duneland Athletic Conference foe Merrillville over the weekend, Chesterton and coach Marc Urban stressed coming out with the right mindset in Tuesday's home game against Hobart.

Leading by 18-4 after one quarter, it was clear early on that the Trojans came ready to play as the Brickies would get no closer than eight in a 62-34 win for Chesterton.

"We went back to an underdog role and knew we had to get gritty and do it together," Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. "We had a really good film session and (assistant girls basketball coach) Fred Mitchell came and talked to our guys and did a really good job. We just gotta continue to get better day-by-day and string some wins together being good at what we do."

Coming off the bench in the first quarter, Kolton Cardenas knocked down a pair of triples as a part of his own 8-1 run that gave Chesterton its big lead after one.

"We really have a tandem point guard spot with him and Tyler Nelson," Urban said. "They're both still young guards but they're both competitive and hungry to learn and as a coach I love that about them. They're better tonight than they were from day one and that's all you can ask of those kids."

Cardenas added his third 3-pointer of the first half in the waning seconds to give the Trojans a 29-20 lead and also putting a stop to a 7-0 run that had brought the Brickies within six. Cardenas had 11 first-half points and 13 for the night.

“Hobart hit some shots there in the second, but we had to make sure we didn't lose our focus because to win big games, we have to be able to do that,” Urban said.

Jake Wadding led the way for the Trojans (10-2) as he seemingly got to the basket whenever he wanted on his way to a game-high 18 points.

"A lot of our offense was us being detailed and taking what they were giving us," Urban said. "(Hobart) was riding Ky (Palombizio) out early and that gave Jake opportunities early down low and we got it to him. When he's one-on-one down there, he's a really good player. I was pleased with how we took what they were giving us early."

The 6-foot-4 sophomore Wadding did more than score as he stuffed the stat sheet adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

"I like to contribute in any way I can to get guys open," he said. "(Hobart) didn't really help off (defensively) so that allowed us to get to the basket and I'm real comfortable driving like that so it was just about driving to the hoop (Tuesday). We were all [ticked] about losing to Merrillville so we really needed to bounce back and do well in this game."

Senior Ky Palombizio contributed in all-around fashion as well with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“We felt like with our size advantage that we could feed the post and then with that, our inside-out game could explode and it really did going into the second half," he said. "We started getting more open looks at 3s and that allowed our bigs to take over the game. It was huge coming back, especially in front of our home crowd, and getting a big win to get some momentum back going into the LaPorte game on Friday."

Hobart got as close as eight in the third but Chesterton responded with a 13-2 run, capped by a Palombizio 3-pointer. The Trojans then opened the fourth on a 7-0 run with Wadding later adding a point of emphasis on a one-handed slam dunk.

"I think our mindset was really good (Tuesday)," Urban said. "The mindset was that we had to put everything together for 32 minutes, and I thought we did for about 26 minutes. I was proud of our mindset going into this game coming off a tough one."

Chesterton returns to DAC action on Friday against LaPorte.

Chesterton 62, Hobart 34


Hobart (4-16-8-6)

Tyler Schultz 0 0-0 0, Sidney Ford 3 2-4 8, Julian Harvey 3 4-5 10, Ryan Ashlock 2 0-0 6, Connor Manjarrez 2 0-0 6, Caleb Banjoff 0 0-0 0, Riley Johnston 0 1-2 1, Sean Underdahl1 0-0 3, Kendall McCarthy 0 0-0 0, Cameron Stojancevich 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 11 7-11 34.

Chesterton (18-11-17-16)

Tyler Nelson 2 0-0 4, Ky Palombizio 7 1-1 15, Josh Matthews 2 1-2 5, Noah Mahoney 2 0-0 4, Jake Wadding 8 1-2 18, Jack Eaton 0 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 4 2-2 13, Nick Mullen 0 0-0 0, Harley Lohmeyer 0 0-0 0, Drew VanderWoude 0 0-0 0, Jake Warren 0 0-0 0, Alex Schmidt 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 26 5-7 62.

3-point field goals: Hobart (Ashlock 2, Manjarrez 2, Underdahl); Chesterton (Cardenas 3, Wadding, Palombizio). Leaders -- Rebounds: Majarrez 5 (H); Wadding 8 (C). Assists: Wadding 4 (C). Steals: Ford 5 (H); Palombizio 3, Wadding 3 (C). Total fouls: Hobart 13, Chesterton 12. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. Records: Chesterton 10-2, Hobart 7-5.



Posted 1/10/2018




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