Boys basketball: Valparaiso outlasts rival Chesterton
VALPARAISO — After falling behind in the second quarter, Valparaiso rode a second-half surge and withstood one final Chesterton push for a 56-54 win over its DAC rivals.
Chesterton (9-7, 6-5 DAC) had a chance to tie in its final possession of the game, but Cole Teal appeared to slip and lost the ball to Valparaiso’s (13-3, 9-2 DAC) John Mosser, who then fired the ball downcourt as the final seconds expired.
“It’s just a big win,” said Valparaiso senior Tyler Doane, who had six points in the final quarter to help seal the victory. “They’ve been our rivals forever.”
Valparaiso trailed 29-19 at halftime but began chipping away at Chesterton’s lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Trojans 16-9 in the period. In the fourth, Doane twice found room under the rim, resulting in a pair of baskets and a free throw, as the Vikings scored 10 unanswered points.
“Those were great passes,” said Doane. “The play developed really well and I just got open.”
Tied at 49 with 1:50 to play, a Brody Wilson trey and two free throws from Zach Meyer put the Vikings ahead by five.
Chesterton’s Matt Holba (22 points, 10 rebounds) then scored five points in the next 90 seconds, sandwiched around a pair of John Mosser (22 points, 12 rebounds) free throwss to make the score 56-54 with 29 seconds left.
“There’s no doubt that Holba should’ve gotten the ball more often,” Chesterton head coach Tom Peller said. “It didn’t look like anyone could stop him.”
Chesterton had a chance to tie with 15 seconds left, but Teal’s jumper from the paint rimmed out. Chesterton then got its last opportunity when Valparaiso’s Justin Osburn was whistled for traveling after an inbound pass with 10 seconds remaining.
The Trojans best period of the night came in the second quarter, as Chesterton went 5-for-6 from behind the arc, outscoring the Vikings 21-10 to reach its 10-point halftime lead.
“When the ball goes in, everything is nice,” said Peller. “We didn’t try to just hold that lead. We said we should try and build it up to 20.”
But Valparaiso’s offense awakened in the third to start the comeback. Nine points from Mosser and a pair of treys from Osburn accounted for most of the damage.
“Osburn got us rolling there in the second half and then Mosser started scoring as we got things going inside,” Valparaiso coach Joe Otis said. “But down the stretch, it was really Tyler. Those were huge plays.”