Boys basketball: Bench helps Michigan City net win over Chesterton
By Veryl Wilcox Post-Tribune correspondent December 7, 2012 11:34PM
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:12AM
MICHIGAN CITY — It was another battle in the DAC on Friday night when Chesterton visited Michigan City.
The Wolves came out on top 55-49, led by Anthony Simmons’ 10 points and five rebounds.
Michigan City’s Ryan Taylor was in foul trouble from the beginning so cach John Boyd had to rely on his bench.
“With it being so early in the season, I’m going to let my guys sit for a duration if they get into foul trouble.,” Boyd said. “This lets my younger guys get crucial game experience and it pays off in the end of the season.”
Michael Smallwood provided the spark off the bench that the Wolves needed. Smallwood contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
“He brings the energy that our team needs and his cool composure slows the game down for our team,” Boyd said.
Chesterton did not help its cause, turning the ball over 13 times, though the Trojans were missing starting point guard Corey Rusboldt.
“Missing Corey is no excuse,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “We played really sloppy basketball.”
Chesterton’s Matt Holba had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
“He’s their guy,” Boyd said. “We knew he would be trouble for us but with our team defense we were able to minimalize his productivity.”
Michigan City ended the game on a 6-0 run, all on free throws from starters Lucas Daurer and Ryan Taylor. Taylor’s six points in the game all came in the fourth quarter.
“This early in the season it’s nice to get wins, but our goal is to win championships,” Boyd said. “Games like these get our young players big time experience so they can grow and we can find our identity as a team.”