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
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
“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.
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.”
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.
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
“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
“(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
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.
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.
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).