Boys basketball: Chesterton zones out CP in DAC win
By WIll Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent January 4, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: February 6, 2013 6:13AM
CHESTERTON — It wasn’t the prettiest game of the season, but Chesterton will take it.
The Trojans (5-4, 4-3 DAC) downed conference rival Crown Point 67-56 on Friday. Chesterton didn’t appear to have any rust coming off the holiday break.
“We have had a lot of good practices and the guys are focused,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said.
Between a balanced scoring attack and a surprisingly effective 2-3 zone, the Trojans cruised to their fourth conference win. Chesterton had four players in double figures — Chris Palombizio (14), Jacob Andert (13), Corey Rusboldt (10) and Matt Holba (10).
“Our depth really helped us tonight offensively. And on top of that, I thought we did a great job of not settling for the first shot, we moved the ball around, and set good screens that set up great shots,” Peller said.
Crown Point never really got going, thanks in part to early foul trouble.
“We got ourselves in trouble early with the penalties and Chesterton took advantage,” said Crown Point coach Clint Swan.
Aside from Nick Jeffirs’ game-high 15 points and Tom Bardeson’s 13, the Bulldogs (3-6, 1-5 DAC) struggled to score against the Trojans’ 2-3 zone.
“When Chesterton went into that zone, we became very stagnant on offense and we quit attacking; it was a great move by coach Peller,” Swan said.
Between fighting for every loose ball and converting on second-chance baskets, the Trojans pulled away in the second half.
“We have different guys making plays all of the time and that’s what you need to win these ballgames,” Peller said.
The Trojans’ decision to run the 2-3 zone wasn’t necessarily the game plan going into the game.
“We don’t run that very often but it’s a high school boys basketball game, it’s up and down, and you go with what’s working,” Peller said.