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Trojan Boys oust Lowell in Sectional opener

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The most difficult part of defending Chesterton this season is not knowing which player is going to be the most dangerous.

Because, as coach Marc Urban explained, it seems to change with each game.

“These guys keep finding ways to win games, no matter what the opponent gives us,” Urban said. “That’s what makes us good: we keep finding different guys to make plays.”

That was again the case on Tuesday night, as junior guard Sean Elliott went off in the first half, helping the Trojans defeat Lowell 60-47 in the first round of the Class 4A Valparaiso Sectional.

Elliott scored nine points in the first half and finished with 13, one of four Chesterton players to score in double digits against Lowell. Senior forward Jake Wadding scored a team-high 16 points, but it was a pair of three-pointers from Elliott in the first quarter that helped kick-start Chesterton’s offense.

“It just gave me total confidence,” he said. “And my teammates did a good job of keeping me in it by getting me the ball.”

One day before the game, Elliott had a lengthy shooting session on “The Gun,” an automated basketball machine that catches and returns shot attempts while also keeping statistics. Elliott converted on 89 percent of his shots during that Monday session, inspiring confidence that he’d be a key contributor against Lowell.

“He’s just continued to work,” Urban said of Elliott. “He took all those shots yesterday and I felt he was going to shoot the ball well for us (on Tuesday). He made some big shots for us.”

By halftime, Chesterton’s led 33-26. Lowell pulled within three early in the third quarter before an 8-0 Chesterton run made it a 41-29 Trojans’ lead. Chesterton never looked back from there, maintaining a double-digit lead for much of the game’s remaining minutes.

Sophomore guard Travis Grayson and senior forward Jake Warren added 12 points apiece, rounding out the well-rounded Chesterton attack that kept Lowell’s defense guessing. And with a large lead late in the game, Urban said he was able to pull back the tempo on defense, not allowing Lowell to get any closer on the scoreboard.

“When you’re up in the fourth, you’re able to control it more defensively,” Urban said. “We softened up a bit and that made it difficult when they’re pressing to score quicker than they were in the first half.”

With the win, Chesterton advances to Friday’s semifinal round and a rematch with Crown Point. The Trojans beat the Bulldogs 44-35 on Dec. 28 and 61-41 on Jan. 24, but Urban said it wouldn’t be easy to secure a third win over their conference rival.

“(Crown Point coach Clint) Swan is a great coach and he’ll have his guys prepared,” Urban said. “We’ll need to put together a good gameplan because we’ll have our hands full.”

IHSAA Sectional

Chesterton 60, Lowell 47


Lowell (18-10-14-7)

Mantis 8 2-2 21, Chouer 2 0-0 5, Vostko 3 0-0 8, Polult 2 0-0 6, Richardson 1 0-0 2, Stojancevich 2 0-0 5, Nelvon 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 2-2 47.

Chesterton (18-15-15-12)

Travis Grayson 5 0-0 12, Luke Lombardinin 0 0-0 0, Sean Elliott 5 1-2 13, Chris Mullen 0 0-0 0, Jake Wadding 8 0-0 16, Charlie Eaton 1 1-2 4, Tyler Vanderwoude 1 0-0 3, Alex Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Jake Warren 4 3-4 12. Totals 24 5-8 60.

3-point field goals: Lowell 9 (Mantis 3, Chouer 1, Vostko 2, Polult 2, Stojancevich 1); Chesterton 7 (Grayson 2, Elliott 2, Eaton 1, Vanderwoude 1, Warren 1).


Posted 3/4/2020





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