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Boys basketball: Chesterton nets signature win over Andrean

Updated: February 19, 2013 2:27PM



CHESTERTON — No more talking about how good Chesterton looks or how good they are going to be or how much potential they have.

The Trojans have arrived — at least for one night.

Chesterton beat Andrean on Wednesday 68-57 in a mid-week tussle that featured plenty of banging and hard-charging play. The victory comes on the heels of a near upset of Munster last Saturday.

It was a frustrating defeat for the Trojans, who held an eight-point third quarter lead. Frustrating because they wanted a quality win in their ledger to validate what most observers feel is a team to be reckoned with — albeit a young team. Andrean (11-1) was undefeated. This was much better for them.

“It was important for them to get a win, it was important for them to have success,” a very happy Chesterton coach Tom Peller said.

The credit goes to the players, and perhaps even Munster, the perfect sort of warm-up for the kind of all-out effort and physicality Andrean brings.

The game started out quickly for Chesterton after the Trojans scored 14 of the first 16 points. A basket by Cole Teal with 6:19 left in the first gave the Trojans a 7-2 lead and it caused Carson Cunningham to use his first time out. Didn’t help much. Chesterton reeled off seven more points — the last one coming on another bucket by Teal with 2:32 left — that gave them a 14-2 advantage.

Andrean chipped away at the lead, scoring the next six points and cutting the lead to 14-8 by the end of the quarter.

The 59ers scored seven straight points after that, finishing off a 13-0 run on a basket inside by Nick Davidson. That gave Andrean a 15-14 lead. The half ended with Chesterton ahead by three.

Andrean never grabbed the lead back in the second half. The 59ers got as close as two points in the third quarter and they trailed by as many as eight. In the fourth quarter, they closed to within three points with just over four minutes left on a 3-pointer by Sam Toporski.

But they never got over the hump, mainly because the Trojans didn’t turn it over — they finished with 10 for the game and they made free throws, hitting 24 of 29.

They got a big game out of Matt Holba, who finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks — all of them in the second half.

“It felt great to win,” Holba said.



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