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Turnovers, Vikings baffle Trojans 67-39

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By TR HARLAN

Nobody saw that coming.

The Valparaiso Vikings put the finishing touches on an undefeated Duneland Athletic Conference season with a 67-39 victory over Chesterton on Friday night.

“They beat us in every single category of basketball that was ever created,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “We turned it over, didn’t rebound, didn’t execute and didn’t play with purpose.

“Give Valpo credit. They played really well.”

An early 4-4 tie turned into a 16-9 Valpo lead after one quarter as the Trojans turned the ball over six times.

Things got worse in the second quarter as the Vikings opened up the frame with a 14-2 run and used another 10-2 run to finish the half en route to a 40-17 lead. Chesterton turned it over seven more times during the stretch.

“You can’t turn it over against those guys, especially live ball turnovers,” Urban said. “We gave them a lot of points tonight. You are not going to beat them if you do that. We looked so out of it tonight for whatever reason.”

The Trojans hit on just 15-of-39 shots (38 percent) from the floor and were 2-of-9 from 3-point range, while the Vikings hit on 25-of-47 shots (53 percent) from the field.

“We were attacking the rim and not getting anything out of it,” Urban said. “They have some size there and they’re physical. We didn’t finish shots we normally do.”

Jake Wadding led the Trojans with 13 points, while Drew Vanderwoude added six points.

Rounding out the scoring were Travis Grayson (5 points), Kolton Cardenas (5 points), Tyler Vanderwoude (4 points), Nick Mullen (2 points), Alex Schmidt (2 points) and Jake Warren (2 points).

“I’m not quitting on these guys and they won’t quit on each other either,” Urban said. “We played about as bad as we can play. We’ve got a week and a half to get ready for the Sectional and I can’t wait to get back to practice.”

Chesterton returns to the court Friday night when they travel to Gary West Side to face the Cougars. The JV game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Valparaiso 67, Chesterton 39

AT VALPARAISO

Chesterton (9-8-10-12)

Travis Grayson 1-3 3-6 5, Kolton Cardenas 2-3 0-0 5, Jack Eaton 0-4 0-1 0, Nick Mullen 1-2 0-0 2, Jake Wadding 5-10 2-3 13, Alex Schmidt 1-4 0-0 2, Jake Warren 1-2 0-1 2, Drew Vanderwoude 2-7 2-2 6, Sean Elliott 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Vanderwoude 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 15-39 7-14 39.

Valparaiso (16-24-15-12)

Brandon Newman 7-13 7-8 23, Colton Jones 1-4 1-2 3, Colin Walls 2-4 0-0 4, Nate Aerts 6-14 3-4 16, Jacob Evans 2-2 0-0 4, Mason Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Max Otterbacher 1-1 2-2 4, Rafeek El-Naggar 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas Cavanaugh 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Balash 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Mack 1-1 0-0 2, CJ Opperman 1-1 0-0 2, Cooper Jones 4-5 1-2 9. Totals 25-47 14-18 67.

3-point field goals: Chesterton 2-9 (Cardenas 1-1, Eaton 0-2, Mullen 0-1, Wadding 1-3, Schmidt 0-1, D. Vanderwoude 0-1); Valparaiso 3-11 (Newman 2-6, Col. Jones 0-2, Walls 0-1, Aerts 1-2). Rebounds: Chesterton 23 (Warren 4); Valparaiso 32 (Newman 7, Coo. Jones 7). Assists: Chesterton 9 (Grayson 2, Schmidt 2); Valparaiso 8 (Walls 3). Steals: Chesterton 3 (Grayson 1, Cardenas 1, Wadding 1); Valparaiso 4 (Newman 2).

 

 

Posted 2/18/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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