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."
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."
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
"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)."
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.
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."
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
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
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