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Wadding hits game winner to lift Chesterton

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With their 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 opening.”

Wadding’s heroics 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.

Wadding’s first 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.

Highland’s Nick 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.”

Chesterton fouled 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.

Thompson’s shot 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 we need.”

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.

Chesterton 43, Highland 42


Highland (12-8-8-14)

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.

Chesterton (14-10-11-8)

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.

3-point field 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; Chesterton 6-0.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 53, Highland 34

The Chesterton junior varsity had little trouble in picking up a 53-34 victory over Highland on Friday night.

Offensively, Jake Warren, Drew VanderWoude and Jack Tilden all scored nine points to lead the Trojans.

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).






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