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Trojan Boys let one slip away at Portage

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File this game under the 'ones that got away' category.

Up 10 in the fourth quarter Thursday against Portage, Chesterton saw a Duneland Athletic Conference victory slip through its hands as the Indians used an 18-6 advantage over the final eight minutes to win 47-44.

"We got a little impatient maybe, but you donít want to hold the ball and try not to lose," Trojans coach Tom Peller said. "You want to keep playing. We didn't shoot free throws well. We had some unforced turnovers that hurt us. But give credit to Portage. They fought. They made plays down the stretch and we just didn't get stops when we needed them."

Chesterton (9-7, 2-4) went up 38-27 on a Cole Teal four-point play late in the third quarter. It was up 39-29 inside the seven-minute mark of the fourth when the Indians (9-9, 1-5) began heating up and chipping away. Jordan Collazo's deep 3 made it 41-40 and Michael Lattanzi connected from the wing to put Portage up 43-42. Chris Palombizio's long step-back two gave the Trojans their last lead at 44-43, but Luke Kizer scored with his left hand on a drive through the lane to bump the Indians back in front with 48 seconds to play.

"We've played solid defense all year. I've said it before, the key for us is making shots," Portage coach Rick Snodgrass said. "We didn't hit a high percentage, but we made some key shots down the stretch. Anybody who watches any basketball knows every team's game looks more fluid when you make shots."

On Chesterton's next possession, Teal lost the ball in the lane, Collazo came up with it, and was fouled going to the rim with 12.8 seconds remaining. He made both free throws for a three-point margin. After a timeout, the Trojans got the ball to Palombizio, but he couldn't get free for a shot. He passed to Teal on the far right wing, where he unloaded a fallaway 25-footer that rimmed off.

"It's a really good win for the kids," Snodgrass said. "We made some plays and we got two really good stops at the end. We've lost so many close games. I told the kids to really enjoy it. Any time you can get a Duneland Conference victory against a good team like Chesterton, you should enjoy it."

The finish put a damper on what was an otherwise good night for Teal in his return after a 10-game absence with a broken clavicle. He hit two 3s for Chesterton's first six points and finished with 15.

"He had a couple turnovers, playing a little fast, but (the time off) wasn't an issue," Peller said. "We've only had a couple days practicing with him. There just wasn't a lot other than (Teal and Palombizio)."

Palombizio registered a game-high 19 points, but was an uncharacteristic 4 of 8 at the line. Outside of a pair of Corey Rusboldt 3s in the second quarter, Chesterton produced just four points that weren't scored by Teal or Palombizio. It hoisted just 24 shots, due in large part to 21 turnovers, and missed eight of 20 free throws.

Portage was 7 of 8 from the field in the fourth quarter, making just nine baskets and shooting 30 percent through the first 24 minutes.

Chesterton carries a four-game losing streak into its make-up game at Mishawaka Marian tonight.

"We're in a tailspin," Peller said. "We have to get it back. I'm not overly concerned. We've got good character kids."

Portage 47, Chesterton 44


Chesterton (12-12-14-6)

Trent Weller 0-0 1-2 1, Cole Teal 3-6 6-8 15, Corey Rusboldt 2-3 0-0 6, Chris Palombizio 7-10 4-8 19, Jake Wasielewski 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Roeske 0-1 1-2 1, Niles Dilosa 1-1 0-0 2, Andrew Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Rhyss Lewis 0-3 0-0 0. Totals -- 13-24 12-20 44.

Portage (8-12-9-18)

Jordan Collazo 3-9 8-12 15, Tim Bryant 2-3 1-2 5, Luke Kizer 2-7 0-0 5, Michael Lattanzi 4-5 0-0 10, David Clegg 1-7 2-2 4, De'Juan Nelson 2-2 0-0 4, Peter Psomadelis 0-3 0-0 0, Tyler McCann 1-1 0-0 2, Oliver Bishop 1-1 0-0 2. Totals -- 16-38 11-16 47.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 6 (Teal 3, Rusboldt 2, Palombizio); Portage 4 (Collazo, Kizer, Lattanzi 2). Leaders -- Rebounds: Palombizio 5 (C); Kizer 3, Clegg 3 (P). Assists: Weller 2 (C); Collazo 4 (P). Steals: Weller 2 (C); Collazo 3 (P).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 37, Portage 32

The Chesterton junior varsity basketball team improved to 10-6 on the year with a 37-32 victory over Portage on Thursday.

Jake Weber led the Trojans with 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Ray Yagelski added seven points and dished out an assist.

Jack Mullen (4 steals, 3 rebounds) and Antwan Beeks (2 assists) each added five point in the victory.



Posted 2/14/2014