undefeated season on the line, a pair of sophomores stepped up and delivered
for the Chesterton boys basketball team on Friday night.
Trailing by one
point to a stubborn Highland team late in the fourth quarter, sophomore
Tyler Nelson drove the lane before spinning and dishing the ball to Jake
Wadding who went up for the game-winning layup with 9.4 seconds remaining.
The Trojans forced
an errant shot on Highland’s final possession, holding on for a 43-42
victory and improving to 6-0 this season.
“It was just a nice
pass from Tyler Nelson to me and I saw that I could get to the basket,”
Wadding said. “I went up and I got fouled. We were just looking for an
was hardly the only big play in the final two minutes of a game that looked
to be well in hand for Chesterton earlier in the fourth quarter. The Trojans
led 37-28 midway through the final quarter when Ky Palombizio attempted a
3-pointer that would’ve essentially been a dagger to Highland’s hopes in
getting back in the game.
The shot went long
and Highland’s Allex Pulleyblank buried a 3-pointer on the ensuing
possession to jumpstart a 10-0 run which handed the lead back to Highland
with just under two minutes remaining.
attempt at playing the hero came with 87 seconds left when he sliced through
Highland’s defense for a layup that gave Chesterton a 39-38 lead. Wadding’s
shot was the first of five lead changes over the next minute and a half.
Thompson scored moments later on the other end to put the pressure back on
Chesterton, but this time Palombizio delivered, giving the Trojans a 41-40
advantage with 47.5 seconds left. Highland was patient on the following
possession, waiting for Thompson to work against Chesterton’s defense for
yet another lead-changing basket with under 20 seconds remaining.
Highland had two
fouls to give after Chesterton coach Marc Urban called timeout with 15.9
seconds left in the game. Knowing to expect some fouls, but also knowing his
team had to score, Urban drew up the game plan on the sideline.
“I thought we had
to go quick,” Urban said. “We still had to score and the hope was to get
something at the rim.”
Nelson’s drive drew
the defenders toward him, leaving Wadding to gain inside position in the
post. Nelson’s pass was deflected low, but Wadding was able to corral the
ball while getting fouled. The sophomore went to the line with 9.4 seconds
left for Chesterton’s first free throw attempt of the night. Wadding missed
the free throw and the ball bounced around off several players before the
officials eventually ruled in favor of Highland after initially giving the
ball back to Chesterton.
Now it was
Chesterton that had two fouls to give while making sure not to foul Highland
in a shooting situation.
“We practice these
scenarios and when we’re supposed to foul,” Urban said. “They still managed
to get off a good look.”
twice, leaving Highland with just 4.9 seconds to try and win the game.
Thompson took the ball off the inbounds and drove from the top of the key
with Wadding trailing. Thompson made a spin move, but landed right in front
of Chesterton big man Austin Peterson.
fell off the back of the rim just before the buzzer sounded, giving the
Trojans a key non-conference home victory.
“We’re a team that
is going to have to grind out wins,” Urban said. “I don’t think we’re going
to come out and win by 30 points. I really like our team. This was a good
win against a good Highland basketball team. A good mid-December game that
Wadding led the
Trojans with 12 points while Peterson had 11 points, seven rebounds and
three assists. Tyler Scheidt had a game-high 16 points to lead Highland.
Tyler Brankin0 0-0
0, Issac Systma 5 1-1 12, Raul Maldonado 0 0-0 0, Allex Pulleyblank 1 0-2 3,
Nick Thompson 5 1-1 11, Tyler Scheidt 7 0-0 16, Damen Castillo 0 0-0 0.
Joshua Matthews 0
0-0 0, Harley Lohmeyer 2 0-0 5, Kolton Cardenas 1 0-0 3, Tyler Nelson 2 0-0
5, Jack Eaton 0 0-0 0, Nick Mullen 0 0-0 0, Jake Wadding 6 0-1 12, Ky
Palombizio 3 0-0 7, Austin Peterson 5 0-0 11.
goals: Scheidt 2, Systma, Pulleyblank 1 (H); Lohmeyer, Cardenas, Nelson,
Palombizio, Peterson 1 (C). Leaders: Rebounds: Thompson 8 (H); Peterson 7
(C). Assists: Systma 3 (H); Nelson, Peterson 3 (C). Steals: Systma 2 (H);
Nelson 2 (C). Total Fouls: Highland 8; Chesterton 10. Records: Highland 4-3;
junior varsity had little trouble in picking up a 53-34 victory over
Highland on Friday night.
Warren, Drew VanderWoude and Jack Tilden all scored nine points to lead the
Rounding out the
scoring were Tyler VanderWoude (7 points), Mike Williams (7 points), Adam
Juestel (5 points), Sean Elliott (5 points) and Alex Schmidt (2 points).