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Chesterton Boys Hoops opens with 44-26 win

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By TR HARLAN

Things didn’t start great, but they certainly finished fine.

The Chesterton boys basketball team found themselves down 8-0 just four minutes into its season opener on Saturday, then cruised to a 44-26 victory over Mishawaka.

“It wasn’t real pretty,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “We struggled finding a good rhythm offensively.”

The Trojans missed their first five shots from the floor before a Chris Palombizio basket at the 3:35 mark dented the scoreboard. The basket keyed a 12-0 run that ran to the end of the first quarter.

The run continued in the second quarter to the tune of 21-3 as the Trojans built a 21-11 advantage.

“I thought our defense and intensity created some offense for us, especially those guys off the bench like Niles (Dilosa), Rhyss (Lewis) and Trent (Weller),” Peller said. “That pushed our lead early.”

The lead grew to 26-14 at the halftime break and then the Trojan defense didn’t allow a Mishawaka basket in the third quarter.

“They didn’t get many open looks and I thought that was the difference in the game,” Peller said.

Mishawaka hit on just 8-of-29 shots (28 percent) from the field and turned the ball over 19 times. The Trojans hit on 16-of-54 shots (30 percent) and were only 5-of-21 from 3-point range.

“We got pretty good shots. We took a couple that were a little to quick, but for the most part, we got good shots that just didn’t go in,” Peller said. “We’ve got a lot of shooters. Shooters are going to shoot. Sometimes they are going to miss, but they are going to keep shooting.”

Palombizio led the Trojans with 19 points, while Dilosa added eight points. Cole Teal and Corey Rusboldt each scored five points in the victory.

Chesterton outrebounded Mishawaka 46-22 on the day with Rusboldt leading the way with 10 boards.

“Rebounding is going to be crucial for us,” Peller said. “I thought we did a nice job of crashing the boards on the offensive end and did a good job of limiting second shots by them.”

Chesterton 44, Mishawaka 26

AT CHESTERTON

Mishawaka (8-6-2-10)

Don Mitchell 1-6 2-2 4, Cody Shively 0-1 2-4 2, Jacob Schmatz 3-7 1-2 7, Caleb Gabler 1-2 0-1 3, Peyton Staples 1-5 2-5 4, Charles Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Cody Quier 0-0 0-1 0, Zack Denlinger 1-1 1-2 3, Jonah Knip 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Garner 1-4 0-0 3, Trey Stoops 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 8-29 8-17 26.

Chesterton (12-14-5-13)

Andrew Ralph 0-1 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 5-13 6-8 19, Cole Teal 2-11 0-0 5, Corey Rusboldt 2-11 0-0 5, Jacob Wasielewski 2-5 0-0 4, Jimmy McGowan 0-0 0-0 0, Trent Weller 1-4 0-0 2, Rhyss Lewis 0-1 1-2 1, Niles Dilosa 4-7 0-0 8, Patrick Tilden 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Dilosa 0-0 0-0 0, Max Dille 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Weber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-54 7-11 44.

3-point field goals: Mishawaka 2-10 (Mitchell 0-4, Gabler 1-2, Garner 1-4); Chesterton 5-21 (Palombizio 3-8, Teal 1-4, Rusboldt 1-4, Weller 0-2, Lewis 0-1, N. Dilosa 0-2). Rebounds: Mishawaka 22 (Schmatz 4); Chesterton 46 (Rusboldt 10). Assists: Mishawaka 4 (Mitchell 2); Chesterton 8 (Rusboldt 3). Steals: Mishawaka 3 (Garner 2); Chesterton 8 (Wasielewski 2, Lewis 2).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 44, Mishawaka 20

The Chesterton junior varsity boys basketball team used an 18-2 run in the second quarter and rolled to a season-opening 44-20 victory over Mishawaka on Saturday.

Jake Weber led the Trojans with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Ethan Conway tallied seven points and grabbed six boards.

Antwan Beeks and Trent Weller both added six points and three steals in the victory.

 

 

Posted 12/2/2013