Boys basketball: Chesterton wins fourth straight
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent January 11, 2013 11:40PM
Updated: February 13, 2013 6:12AM
CHESTERTON — Chesterton was riding a three-game conference win streak and looked to extend that streak as well as avenge an earlier loss to Michigan City. Mission accomplished for the Trojans, who won 55-46 on Friday night.
Chesterton (6-4, 5-3 DAC) fell to Michigan City on Dec. 7 by a score of 55-49. A poised offensive attack and a solid defensive performance were the key ingredients in capturing the win.
“It’s a good win for us, we had a balanced attack offensively and I thought our guys did very well on defense, containing a good team in Michigan City,” Chesterton coach Tom Pellar said.
Both teams came out with a patient offensive attack and traded baskets in the early part of the quarter. A’Seante Clark opened up a lead for the Wolves, connecting twice from the 3-point line to give Michigan City a 14-12 lead.
It was all Chesterton in the second as the Trojans went on a 15-0 run and held Michigan City scoreless until the 2:30 mark on the solid shooting of senior Donnie Johnson.
Down by as many as 11, Michigan City made a late run, cutting the Chesterton lead to 29-22 at the half.
Michigan City (4-6, 3-5 DAC) came out aggressively in the second half, getting to within three on several occasions, but Chesterton seemed to have an answer for the Wolves’ offensive spurts.
Michigan City trailed late in the fourth by three points when sophomore Chris Palombizio connected on a 3-pointer to seal the win for the Trojans. Palombizio led all scorers with 13 points. Jacob Andert and Matt Holba scored 10 and 9 points, respectively, in the balanced scoring attack.
“We worked the ball well into the middle and that opened up some shots for me and I was able to make them,” said Palombizio. “It’s a good feeling to have won four in a row and we are looking for more.”