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Trojan Boys win 3 OT thriller over Lake Central

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Chesterton boys basketball coach Marc Urban has talked about how hard his team is working every day.

Friday night they worked an extra 12 minutes, three overtimes, but came away with their first Duneland Athletic Conference victory 66-62 over Lake Central.

“We found a way,” Urban said. “It was a great, fun basketball game. I’m happy for our guys. They finally broke through and found a way to get a win. I’m so proud of these guys for continuing to work and continuing to fight and compete.”

The Trojans led 45-34 with 3:01 to play in regulation after a Ray Yagelski triple, but turned the ball over five times from there and watched as the Indians took a 46-45 lead with 38.8 seconds remaining.

“It’s a tough spot to be in sometimes,” Urban said. “What’s a good shot? What’s a bad shot in those situations? It’s hard to know what to do in those situations. The last seven games we’ve been chasing, so it’s really great that they stayed with it.”

Jake Wadding’s free throw with 26.8 seconds to play forced overtime.

The Trojans had chances to win at the end of the first two overtime periods, but couldn’t get the defensive top they needed.

In the first OT, Joe Graziano hit a jumper with :01 on the clock and in the second OT, Justin Graciano hit a triple to tie the game with :02 left.

“We’re in the DAC where we’ve lost some close games,” Urban said. “But, they show up every day with a great attitude and continue to work to get better. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

In the third overtime, Yagelski started the scoring and LC answered back to tie the game at 62. From there, a basket by Ky Palombizio and two game-clinching free throws from Erik Ralph set the final score.

“Erik really stepped up and hit some huge free throws for us at the end,” Urban said. “I’m really proud of him because he’s such a great kid. You want the best for kids like that.”

Ralph finished with a team-high 16 points, while Austin Peterson (13 points), Yagelski (12 points) and Palombizio (12 points) all hit double figures.

“It’s a huge win for us,” Urban said. “You have to learn how to win possession by possession in a game in one of the best conferences in the State.”

Chesterton hit on 7-of-17 shots from 3-point range and were 19-of-25 from the foul line on the night.

The Trojans return to the court on Thursday when they travel to Michigan City. The junior varsity game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

Chesterton 66, Lake Central 62 (3 OT)


Lake Central (14-7-6-19-6-8-2)

Derek Hobbs 4-13 1-1 9, Norell Smith 5-12 1-5 12, Joe Graziano 1-6 0-0 2, Nick Bandura 1-14 2-3 5, Justin Graciano 10-14 0-0 23, Justin Graves 1-1 0-0 2, Jack Davis 1-1 0-0 3, Keon Sellers 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 26-65 4-10 62.

Chesterton (6-14-14-12-6-8-6)

Ray Yagelski 4-9 3-4 12, Erik Ralph 4-9 8-10 16, Jake Wadding 2-7 5-6 9, Ky Palombizio 4-7 1-2 12, Austin Peterson 4-12 2-2 13, Harley Lohmeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Kolton Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 1-1 0-0 2, Jack Eaton 1-2 0-1 2, Tony Gilyan 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Mahoney 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Cortwright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 19-25 66.

3-point field goals: Lake Central 6-20 (Hobbs 0-1, Smith 1-3, Bandura 1-10, Graciano 3-5, Davis 1-1); Chesterton 7-17 (Yagelski 1-4, Ralph 0-1, Palombizio 3-5, Peterson 3-5, Lohmeyer 0-1, Eaton 0-1). Rebounds: Lake Central 39 (Graciano 8); Chesterton 35 (Peterson 9). Assists: Lake Central 7 (Bandura 3); Chesterton 11 (Ralph 3). Steals: Lake Central 13 (Bandura 3, Sellers 3); Chesterton 8 (Wadding 3).


Posted 1/30/2017





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