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Trojan Boys Hoop wins opener

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It certainly took a while to get here.

The Chesterton boys basketball team finally opened its 2020 season with a 46-41 victory over Lowell on Saturday night.

“It felt great just to play,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “You don’t play all summer. We don’t get a scrimmage. We missed our first two games. It was just great to play.”

The Trojans jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never trailed.

“It wasn’t pretty, but our guys were gritty and found a way to get it done,” Urban said. “I was happy and we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Chesterton would use a 13-0 run to start the second quarter to balloon the lead to 21-3 before the Red Devils would get hot themselves.

“Lowell returned everybody and have a D1 player (Christopher Mantis) that’s really good,” Urban said. “We did a fairly good job on him with the three guys we threw at him (Eaton, Elliott, Lombardini).”

The Red Devils crawled back within 25-20 as Mantis scored four of his game-high 17 points to start the third quarter.

But, the Trojans answered with an 8-0 run that included a basket from sophomore Nick Furmanek and a triple from classmate Owen Guest. Freshman Justin Sims led Chesterton with 11 points.

“What are the guys going to look like when the lights come on,” Urban said. “We were missing some guys tonight and our young guys got thrown to the fire. It’s only going to help us down the road.”

Travis Grayson, Luke Lombardini and Sean Elliott (6 assists) all scored seven points in the win and Guest tallied six points. Furmanek and Charlie Eaton each scored four points.

“Sean has to be more offensive minded for us,” Urban said. “He’s got a really high basketball IQ and his role has changed for us from last year. He’s really important for us and I’m excited for him.”

Chesterton returns to action on Friday at Andrean before hosting Elkhart on Saturday night.

“Regardless of what happened tonight, I’m excited to get back in the gym and get back to work,” Urban said. “We’ve got a big weekend coming up.”

Chesterton 46, Lowell 41


Lowell (3-10-9-19)

Callen Vasko 3-7 2-2 9, Tyson Chavez 2-8 0-0 6, Cameron Sojancevich 2-6 0-0 5, Adam Richardson 0-1 2-2 2, Christopher Mantis 7-20 1-2 17, Hunter Polak 1-3 0-0 2, Johnny Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kyler Newcom 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Muscari 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-45 5-6 41.

Chesterton (8-15-10-13)

Travis Grayson 3-8 1-2 7, Luke Lombardini 2-10 3-4 7, Justin Sims 5-6 0-0 11, Sean Elliott 3-6 1-3 7, Charlie Eaton 2-3 0-1 4, Karson Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0, Carson Parrish 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Furmanek 2-3 0-0 4, Owen Guest 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 19-40 5-10 46.

3-point field goals: Lowell 6-17 (Vasko 1-2, Chavez 2-5, Sojancevich 1-3, Mantis 2-6, Polak 0-1); Chesterton 3-14 (Grayson 0-1, Lombardini 0-5, Sims 1-1, Elliott 0-3, Eaton 0-1, Guest 2-3). Rebounds: Lowell 28 (Mantis 9); Chesterton 24 (Furmanek 6). Assists: Lowell 6 (Mantis 2); Chesterton 9 (Elliott 6). Steals: Lowell 4 (Vasko 2); Chesterton 7 (Lombardini 3).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 77, Lowell 32

The Chesterton junior varsity opened its season with a 77-32 victory over Lowell.

George Vrahoretis led the Trojans with 18 points, while Sean Kasper (16 points), Tyler Parrish (13 points) and Jordan Hughes (11 points) also finished in double figures.

Rounding out the scoring were Cole Snyder (7 points), Carson Parrish (6 points), K’Den Dade (4 points) and Nick Furmanek (2 points).



Posted 12/7/2020




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