Bulldogs can’t slow down Chesterton
By Mark Smith email@example.com February 26, 2013 12:04PM
Crown Point's Noah Burkholder keeps the ball away from Chesterton's Jacob Andert during the first quarter on Friday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Chesterton 85, Crown Poont 73
CHESTERTON (12-8) 27 - 15 - 24 - 19 == 85
CROWN POINT (5-15) 21 - 19 - 13 - 20 == 73
2-22-13 at Crown Point
CHESTERTON (85) Matt Holba 3-6-12, Cole Teal 6-1-13, Corey Rusboldt 4-0-9, Jacob Andert 4-1-11, Donnie Johnson 6-1-15, Chris Palombizio 6-8-21, Brandon Roeske 2-0-4, Tevin Delosa 0-0-0, Avery Beeks 0-0-0, Mike Thanos 0-0-0. TOTALS: 21(16-19) 85.
CROWN POINT (73) Tommy Bardeson 8-3-21, Nick Jeffirs 4-5-13, Bret Barclay 6-1-16, Josh Berquist 3-5-12, PJ Phelps 2-0-4, Noah Burkholder 2-0-5,, Rade Kukobat 1-0-2, Alex Nickla 0-0--0, Braxton Rice 0-0-0, Bake Bonin 0-0-0, Zack Lambert 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26 (14-19) 73.
FREE THROWS: CHESTERTON (16-19, 84.2%) Holba 6-7, Palombizio 8-9, Andert 1-2, Johnson 1-1; CROWN POINT (14-19, 73.7%) Bardeson 3-3, Jeffirs 5-7, Berquist 5-7, Barclay 1-2.
REBOUNDS: CHESTERTON (27) Palombizio 7, Teal 6, Holba 4, Rusboldt 4, Andert 3, Johnson, Dilosa, Thanos; CROWN POINT (20) Burkholder 5 Jeffirs 5, Rice 2, Nickla 2, Barclay 2, Phelps, Bardeson, Berquist, Kukobat.
ASSISTS: CHESTERTON (17) Holba 5, Andert 5, Palombizio 4, Teal, Rusboldt, Dilosa; CROWN POINT (11) Bardeson 4, Berquist 2, Nickla, Phelps, Rice, Jeffirs, Bonin.
FOULED OUT: none
3-GOALS: CHESTERTON (7) Donnie Johnson 2, Jacob Andert 2, Cole Teal, Chris Palombizio, Corey Rusboldt; CROWN POINT (7) Bret Barclay 3, Tommy Bardeson 2, Noah Burkholder, Josh Berquist.
CROWN POINT (5-15, 2-12 DAC)
(scoring average in parenthesis)
1. Tommy Bardeson (16.0) 3.6 rebounds,
3.0 assists, 2.2 steals,
33-103 (3s) 32%, 69-93 (FTs) 74.2%9s
2. Nick Jeffirs (11.8) 5.2 rebounds
88 of 162 (2s 54.3%, 59-90 (FTs) 65.6%
3. Bret Barclay (9.8) 6.7 rebounds
19-59 (3S) 32%, 32-40 (FTs) 80%
BULLDOGS TEAM: 52.8 points per game
197 assists/308 turnovers
363-886 (2s) 41%, 83-254 (3s) 32.7%,
244-337 (FTs) 72.4%
Updated: March 7, 2013 11:59AM
CROWN POINT —The good news for the Crown Point Bulldogs last Friday night is they scored a season-high 73 points.
The bad news is: Chesterton got to shoot at the other basket.
The Trojans made 26 of 49 shots from the field and 16 of 19 from the line, running past the Bulldogs 85-73 in the final regularly scheduled game of the season for both schools.
Chesterton, a team that averages just 59 points a game, seemed at ease playing a high-speed, volume-shooting style (19 of their 55 attempts were 3-point shots) in an odd Duneland Athletic Conference style. It was the kind of game that left the losing coach a little frustrated and the winning coach a little uneasy.
“We were just going up and down in the first half,” admitted Chesterton coach Tom Peller. “That’s not our strength. I thought in the second half we got the tempo a little more where we wanted. We shared the ball very well but Crown Point is a tough team to defend.
“I know they’ve been down the last couple of games but I thought they shot the ball really well tonight. We were trying to get some momentum going into the post-season. We worked on our defense all week. I know it didn’t look like it tonight.
“We didn’t play great defense but there’s two ways to win and one is to outscore the other team. Tonight, we just outscored them. We didn’t play great defense, obviously.”
Since CP and Chesterton were placed in opposite ends of the eight-team Class 4A Sectional 2 playoff bracket, it’s unlikely they’ll meet in the post-season, so there was no reason to hold anything back on this night. Clearly, nobody did.
The Trojans (12-8) simply pushed the ball up the floor, jumping to a 13-2 leased in the first three minutes. Trailing 27-18, Crown Point rallied behind 10 first half points by Tommy Bardeson and Bret Barclay, tying the game 28-28 with 5:41 to go before halftime.
Chesterton led 42-40 at the half, but the Trojans scored eight points in a row early in the third quarter for a 50-42 lead. With 6-foot-7 Mat Holba and 6-foot-4 Chris Palombizio leading the way, the Trojans expanded the lead to 69-53 early in the final quarter.
Senior left-hander Donnie Johnson came off the bench with 15 second half points as the lead built to 20 midway through the fourth quarter. The Trojans, who topped CP 67-58 in December, were 7-of-19 from three-point range but a lot of their other shots were lay ups on fast break odd-man opportunities.
The 85 points were the most Chesterton had scored this season and the most CP had allowed. The 73 points was the most CP had scored and the most Chesterton had allowed.
Crown Point had only averaged 51.7 points a game through 19 games.
Nothing about this game made sense to the point where you wonder if both sides were looking ahead.
“Chesterton was very, very potent offensively,” said a very subdued coach Clint Swan. “They have a lot of weapons. We played hard. They made tough shots. They made some easy shots. We could not get them out of their rhythm.”
To make 31 of 55 shots, you have to get 55 shots in 32 minutes.
Other than the season opener against South Bend Washington, nobody else has gotten 55 shots off on CP, much less make 56 percent of them.
The Bulldogs haven’t found a tempo at which they consistently excel this season. They have lost high and low-scoring games.
But on the final night of the year, CP looked good in an up-tempo contest.
“Both teams were on the attack,” said Peller. “Both teams played hard. When that happens, sometimes you get a slugfest in the 40s (point wise) and sometimes things get loose.”
Chris Palombizio, son of the Michigan City all-stater Dan Palombizio of the 1980s, had a top level game with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and just two turnovers in 27 minutes.
Matt Holba, son of a 1980s-vintage TF South all-state footbal quarterback, scored 12 with five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Crown Point’s Tommy Bardeson scored 21 with four assists, and sophomore point guard Josh Berquist brought a faint smile to Swan’s face with 12 points and two assists in 15 minutes of play.
“Josh is driving me crazy,” said Swan. “What you saw from him tonight, that’s what we see all the time. We shouldn’t be saying, ‘That’s a good game by Josh.’ We should be saying, ‘That’s his typical game.’ It’s what he does in practice. It’s what he does in the open gyms in the off season.
“He did a very good job staying on the attack.”
Junior Bret Barclay scored 16 and center Nick Jeffirs added 4-of-4 shooting from the field. Barclay and Jeffirs got a combined 11 shots from the field in the game but offense was not the problem.
The game was the final one at home for Bardeson, Braxton Rice and Alex Nickla, CP’s three seniors.
The record isn’t what they’d wanted, surely, but Coach Swan is still grateful for the contributions and not sure their efforts won’t yet be rewarded again this week at the Michigan City in sectional week.
“The seniors played especially hard tonight,” Swan said. “If we have succes (this) week, in a large part it will be due to the three seniors leading us.
“It’s a matter of playing well for four consecutive quarters. They are a very good team,” he said of Michigan City.
Asked if he’d come up with a speech about how a 5-15 season means nothing once the post-season begins, the coach reported, “We just had that talk. We’re about as close to full health as we can be. In a lot of ways, this is the best time of the year.”
DOG NOTES: Friday’s win was the fourth consecutive Trojan win over CP.
This may not seem possible, but Crown Point and Chesteron have now met 26 times in varsity basketball over the last 10 seasons.
Chris Palombizio’s father Dan is an Indiana Hall-of-Famer after his days playing for Michigan City (before the consolidation of Elston and Rogers) and being named Indiana Player of the Year in 1981.
Matt Holba’s father Tom passed for 2,442 yards for TF South in 1983 and he completed 29 of 59 for 344 against Tilden in an Illinois playoff game on Nov. 10, 1983.
That still stands as one of the second most passes ever thrown in an Illinois state tournament game.
Holba was a backup QB later at Michigan State University.
Coach Clint Swan thought that senior Tommy Bardeson sparked the offense while still scoring above his (16.0 ppg.) average.,
“I thought he played very well tonight trying to get everybody involved. He scored the most points but he actually turned it over a couple of times trying to get the ball inside.”
Braxton Rice returned to the lineup after missing six games with injury and the 6-foot-6 senior played 14 minutes. “It was nice just to see him out there,” said Swan. “more than actually see him be effective. I just wish we had 10 more games with him.”