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Trojan Boys win Basketball Sectional opener

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By TR HARLAN

Win and advance.

The Chesterton boys basketball team did just that Tuesday night in the opening round of the IHSAA Portage Sectional.

Trailing 23-17 at the half, the Trojans blitzed Portage in the third quarter and cruised to a 62-39 victory to set up a semifinal date with Michigan City on Friday at 6 p.m.

“We didn’t shoot well early,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We relaxed a little bit and got the first half of Sectional jitters out of the way.”

Jake Wadding scored the game’s first bucket 1:30 into the game for a 2-0 lead. It was the 1,000 career point for the junior who became only the fifth player in school history to reach the milestone.

“It was nice to get that out of the way,” Urban said. “To be in that club as a junior is quite an honor.”

The Trojans led 5-3 before a 7-0 run for the Indians gave them a 10-5 lead after one period. Another 9-3 run to finish the second quarter pushed the lead to 23-17 at halftime.

That’s when things changed.

Wadding scored nine points in the first 2:09 of the third quarter as the Trojans went on an 11-2 run that gave them a 28-25 lead they would never relinquish. Wadding finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds and four assists.

“When his motor is that way, he’s really, really dangerous,” Urban said.

Tyler Nelson scored eight points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter as the lead ballooned to 43-33. Nelson scored 18 points.

“It was huge to have Tyler back,” Urban said. “He played great. He hit some big shots, looked good and strong.”

On the night, the Trojans hit on 24-of-47 shots (51 percent) from the field, including 17-of-27 (63 percent) in the second half.

“We were making shots and getting into the press instead of from a dead ball. That made a difference,” Urban said. “The press helped our energy level. We thought we could speed them up and we were able to.”

The Trojans also outrebounded Portage 43-18 on the night and 27-7 in the second half.

“We wanted to keep shooting because we have really good shooters and thought we’d eventually make them,” Urban said. “If we didn’t, we know we can go get it on the offense glass. We got some big rebounds and extra chances. That got us in a little better rhythm offensively in the second half.”

Rounding out the scoring for the Trojans were Jack Eaton (6 points), Drew Vanderwoude (4 points), Travis Grayson (2 points), Alex Schmidt (2 points), Jake Warren (2 points) and Tyler Vanderwoude (2 points).

Chesterton 62, Portage 39

AT PORTAGE

Chesterton (5-12-18-27)

Kolton Cardenas 0-6 0-0 0, Tyler Nelson 6-8 3-3 18, Jack Eaton 3-8 0-0 6, Nick Mullen 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Wadding 11-14 4-9 26, Travis Grayson 0-4 2-2 2, Alex Schmidt 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Warren 1-1 0-0 2, Drew Vanderwoude 1-2 2-2 4, Sean Elliott 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Fender 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Vanderwoude 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-47 11-16 62.

Portage (10-13-4-12)

Jalen Smith 3-7 0-0 8, Xavier Aponte 0-6 0-0 0, Maurion Martin 6-14 3-6 15, London Harris 3-9 2-4 9, Brandon English 1-4 1-2 3, Aaron Parrett 1-1 0-0 2, Evan Olson 0-2 2-2 2, Isaiah Hudson 0-0 0-0 0, Miguel Verduczo 0-0 0-0 0, Danny Bruno 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Creech 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Claussen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-44 8-14 39.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 3-14 (Cardenas 0-5, Nelson 3-4, Eaton 0-3, Grayson 0-2); Portage 3-15 (Smith 2-3, Aponte 0-4, Martin 0-2, Harris 1-3, Olson 0-2, Claussen 0-1). Rebounds: Chesterton 43 (Wadding 16); Portage 18 (Martin 8). Assists: Chesterton 12 (Wadding 4, Grayson 4); Portage 4 (Aponte 3). Steals: Chesterton 6 (Eaton 3); Portage 5 (Martin 2).

 

 

Posted 2/27/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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