At times Saturday
afternoon, Chesterton may have wondered if Crown Point had more than five
players on the court.
The Bulldogs found
open looks inside and outside on the Trojans, and made more than they missed
in a decisive 72-58 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.
"It was more their
execution,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “Crown Point shot it well.
They hit 3s. They had an inside game. They just played a really good game
and we weren’t at our best. In a DAC game, if you’re not at your best,
you’re going to have trouble.”
The teams went back
and forth for about 10 minutes before Crown Point converted three
consecutive offensive rebounds into baskets, including a Bret Barclay dunk,
to go in front for good. Late in the half, freshman Sasha Stefanovic drilled
a pair of 3s, two of the four the Bulldogs (7-3, 2-1) hit in the quarter, to
send the hosts to the break up 35-28.
“We did a fantastic
job following up misses with easy shots, rebounding, getting fouled and
getting to the foul line,” C.P. coach Clint Swan said.
Crown Point took a
cue from Chesterton’s big third quarter Wednesday at Andrean, continuing to
build the lead after the half. After a Chris Palombizio free throw got the
Trojans (9-4, 2-1) within 37-31, the Bulldogs ran off a quick 10 points,
with Grant Gelon canning two of his four triples in the stretch.
"We saw their third
quarter in the Andrean game,” Swan said. “We were worried about their run.
We said, how about we make our own run?”
within 10 early in the fourth quarter on a Jake Wasielewski three-point play
and two Palombizio free throws but never cut the deficit to single digits
“They hurt inside
the second half,” Peller said. “They got a couple easy baskets and it went
from there. They’re a little better than the teams we’ve played (lately). We
couldn’t get any stops.”
Palombizio scored a
game-high 20 points, but managed just one field goal in the second half, and
shot 5 of 16 from the field before fouling out late.
“Chris struggled at
times,” Peller said. “They’ve got guys who are as tall as him. They defended
us pretty well.”
15 points and six rebounds, while Corey Rusboldt notched 13 points with
three treys. No other Trojan managed more than four though Chesterton had
five players make 3s.
Crown Point drained
10 3s, shooting 43 percent from the arc, 51 percent overall, and 90 percent
(18 of 20) from the free throw stripe, where it recorded its last seven
points. Four Bulldogs reached double digits, topped by Barclay and Gelon
with 15. Barclay also snagged nine rebounds.
"It’s the best
we’ve played all year,” Swan said. “It’s the biggest win we’ve had in quite
a while from the standpoint they’re a really good team. We had everybody
The game was moved
due to weather conditions Friday night.
“We were a little
out of synch, but they had to do the same thing,” Peller said. “We weren’t
real good and they were real good.”
Chesterton fell out
of the DAC lead with the loss, which broke a five-game winning streak.
The team hits the
road twice this week, Tuesday at Mishawaka Marian and Friday at Lake
Crown Point 72,
AT CROWN POINTS
Trent Weller 0-1
0-0 0, Andrew Ralph 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Palombizio 5-16 8-10 20, Corey Rusboldt
5-12 0-0 13, Jake Wasielewski 6-11 2-3 15, Rhyss Lewis 1-3 0-0 3, Niles
Dilosa 2-4 0-0 4, Brandon Roeske 1-2 0-0 3. Totals -- 20-49 10-13 58.
Blake Bonin 2-4 6-6
12, Josh Berquist 1-6 2-2 4, Grant Gelon 4-12 3-4 15, Nick Jeffirs 5-6 1-2
11, Bret Barclay 5-9 4-4 15, Noah Burkholder 3-4 0-0 7, Thayne Bukowski 0-0
2-2 2, Sasha Stefanovic 2-2 0-0 6. Totals -- 22-43 18-20 72.
goals: Chesterton 8 (Palombizio 2, Rusboldt 3, Wasielewski, Roeske, Lewis);
Crown Point 10 (Stefanovic 2, Burkholder, Barclay, Bonin 2, Gelon 4).
Leaders -- Rebounds: Wasielwski 6 (C); Barclay 9 (CP). Assists: Ralph 2 (C).
Steals: Weller 2, Palombizio 2 (C).