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Trojans efficient in 55-49 win over Crown Point

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They only took 26 shots. That’s all they needed.

The Chesterton boys basketball team picked up a key Duneland Athletic Conference win with a 55-49 victory over Crown Point on Friday night.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We really challenged them after Wednesday night (at Andrean) and we had a lot of guys make plays that probably don’t show up in the stat book. We got the win we needed.”

Tyler Nelson got the Trojans started with the game’s first five points and an early lead.

“Tyler early was looking to be aggressive,” Urban said. “And I thought Travis (Grayson) may have played his best game of the year and made the right decisions.”

The Trojans built a 15-10 lead after one quarter, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Crown Point gave them a 27-26 lead at the half.

Chesterton took the lead for good midway through the third quarter with a 7-0 run that included four points from Drew Vanderwoude and three from Jake Wadding. Wadding finished with a game-high 20 points.

“When we are playing our best, we get everybody involved,” Urban said. “It doesn’t have to be Jake (Wadding) always. Everybody we play focuses on him and we have other guys that can hit shots.”

The Bulldogs crept within 44-42 early in the fourth before a Nick Mullen triple gave the Trojans some breathing room.

“Nick hit a huge three for us,” Urban said. “It was so big and he never hesitated.”

The Trojans closed out the game with a 5-of-6 performance from the foul line in the final 1:08. They were 22-of-25 from the charity stripe on the night.

“We probably don’t win that game if we don’t make free throws,” Urban said. “Credit the guys. They stepped up and knocked them down.”

Offensively, Chesterton was 14-of-26 (54 percent) from the field and 5-of-9 (56 percent) from 3-point range.

“Our biggest focus was on every possession being important,” Urban said. “Every time we play those guys, that’s how the game has gone. It’s always possession by possession.”

Rounding out the scoring for the Trojans were Jack Eaton (8 points), Nelson (6 points), Grayson (6 points), Vanderwoude (6 points), Kolton Cardenas (4 points) and Mullen (3 points).

“It’s a big win for us for a lot of reasons,” Urban said. “You have to try to stay ahead in the conference. You can’t lose a second one.”

Chesterton returns to the court on Friday when they host Lake Central. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m.

Chesterton 55, Crown Point 49


Crown Point (10-17-11-11)

Matt Hanlon 2-5 0-0 5, Sam Snodgrass 6-13 4-4 19, Sam Krutz 0-0 0-0 0, Elias Gerodemons 5-6 2-2 14, Sam Decker 4-9 0-0 9, Ty Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Karakozis 1-2 0-0 2, Jake Oostman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-35 6-6 49.

Chesterton (15-11-18-11)

Kolton Cardenas 1-3 1-2 4, Tyler Nelson 2-5 1-2 6, Jack Eaton 2-3 2-2 8, Nick Mullen 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Wadding 6-8 8-9 20, Travis Grayson 0-3 6-6 6, Alex Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Warren 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Vanderwoude 2-2 4-4 6. Totals 14-26 22-25 55.

3-point field goals: Crown Point 7-13 (Hanlon 1-3, Snodgrass 3-6, Gerodemos 2-2, Decker 1-2); Chesterton 5-9 (Cardenas 1-3, Nelson 1-2, Eaton 2-2, Mullen 1-2). Rebounds: Crown Point 11 (Gerodemos 4); Chesterton 20 (Wadding 7). Assists: Crown Point 8 (Snodgrass 6); Chesterton 8 (Grayson 3). Steals: Crown Point 5 (Snodgrass 3); Chesterton 6 (Vanderwoude 3).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 70, Crown Point 69

Sean Elliott hit a pair of game-winning free throws on his way to a game-high 27 points as the Chesterton JV beat Crown Point 70-69 in double overtime.

Charlie Eaton added 16 points, while Luke Lombardini (14 points) and Tyler Vanderwoude (10 points) both scored in double figures.

Barrett Church rounded out the scoring with three points.


Posted 1/21/2019




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