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Chesterton Boys fall to Penn 49-42 in basketball regional

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Sometimes the ball just won’t go in.

For the Chesterton boys basketball team, that’s been an all too familiar refrain in the post-season and this time their stifling defense wasn’t enough.

The Trojans fell 49-42 to No. 9 Penn in the opening game of the IHSAA Michigan City Regional on Saturday.

“I’m so proud of our kids and the way they battled,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “Nobody expected us to be here and they’ve been an extremely fun group to coach.”

The Trojans finished just 16-of-43 (36 percent) from the field and 3-of-17 from 3-point range.

“We had some good looks and just didn’t hit enough shots. If we hit some shots early, the game changes and they have to adjust what they do,” Urban said. “We had a lot of good looks around the rim and from three and they just didn’t fall.”

And yet, the Trojans found themselves within one point on two occasions in the fourth quarter.

“They played their hearts out and had a community that really rallied around them,” Urban said. “The people that showed up today were awesome.”

A free throw from Jack Eaton and a basket from Jake Warren pulled the Trojans within 35-34 with 5:29 to play.

On the ensuing possession, the Trojans turned the ball over and fouled Penn’s Drew Lutz on his drive to the basket. After the play, a technical foul against Chesterton sent Lutz to the line for four shots. Lutz hit three for a 38-34 Kingsmen lead.

“That was big and a huge part of the game,” Urban said. “We were only down one at that point. We talk all the time about not letting things snowball and we did a good job of battling back.”

After another Penn basket, Jake Wadding scored on back-to-back possessions to pull within 40-38. Wadding finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.

“When Jake gets his game to that level, he’s really good,” Urban said. “He made some big plays.”

Wadding would hit two free throws with 53.6 seconds left to cut the lead to 43-42, but the Trojans wouldn’t score again as Penn knocked down free throws to set the final score. Penn outscored Chesterton 21-7 at the foul line on the night.

“We average about 18-20 free throws per game and tonight we didn’t get to the foul line enough,” Urban said. “They did.”

Travis Grayson scored 11 points for the Trojans, while Eaton (4 points), Nick Mullen (3 points), Tyler Nelson (2 points), Warren (2 points) and Drew Vanderwoude (2 points) rounded out the scoring.

“They beat us,” Urban said. “Hopefully, as a program, we can build from this.”

It was the final game in the career of seniors Eaton, Mullen, Vanderwoude and Kolton Cardenas.

“Those seniors are a big part of what we’ve done the last two years, but so are all the guys that went before them,” Urban said. “The seniors are just great kids and I couldn’t be prouder of having coached them.”

IHSAA Regional


Penn (9-12-12-16)

Carter Hickey 1-3 0-1 2, Drew Lutz 3-9 10-12 17, Beau Ludwick 0-4 1-2 1, Noah Applegate 6-11 4-5 17, Kegan Hoskins 3-11 6-8 12, Evan Groves 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Shultz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-38 21-28 49.

Chesterton (7-11-13-11)

Travis Grayson 5-12 0-0 11, Kolton Cardenas 0-3 0-0 0, Jack Eaton 1-7 1-2 4, Nick Mullen 1-1 0-0 3, Jake Wadding 7-15 4-6 18, Tyler Nelson 0-1 2-2 2, Sean Elliott 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Warren 1-1 0-0 2, Drew Vanderwoude 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-43 7-10 42.

3-point field goals: Penn 2-11 (Hickey 0-2, Lutz 1-5, Ludwick 0-2, Applegate 0-2); Chesterton 3-17 (Grayson 1-2, Cardenas 0-3, Eaton 1-7, Mullen 1-1, Wadding 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Schmidt 0-1, Vanderwoude 0-1). Rebounds: Penn 31 (Applegate 9); Chesterton 24 (Wadding 10). Assists: Penn 6 (Lutz 2); Chesterton 10 (Cardenas 3, Eaton 3). Steals: Penn 2 (Lutz 1, Applegate 1); Chesterton 5 (Wadding 2).


Posted 3/11/2019




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