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Boys basketball: Chesterton holds off scrappy Portage squad

Updated: February 20, 2013 6:15AM



CHESTERTON — Portage was running circles around Chesterton — literally — for a key stretch in the second half.

Then the switch went on for the Trojans. The possibility that they could lose to the Indians became real, the fear became palpable and the adrenaline started to kick in.

It all ended well for the Trojans — they won 68-58 — but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t like they didn’t have to sweat heavily.

Jacob Andert, who finished with a game high 19 points, admitted there were some tense moments.

“We came out with good energy at first,” Andert said. “We might have got a little complacent out there with a big lead at first.”

Indeed, the Trojans jumped out to a 15-4 first-half lead. But the Indians, a scrappy, relentless undersized bunch, would not surrender. They outscored Chesterton 24-14 over the rest of the half.

The Indians came out in the second half and took a 42-38 third-quarter lead after Jordan Collazo hit a free throw with 7:48 left.

A 3-pointer by Collazo with 6:15 left made it 45-42.

Portage had its last lead at 48-47 after a free throw by Jacob Bearss with 5:26 left.

A 3-pointer by Corey Rusboldt with 4:46 left gave Chesterton a 50-48 lead.

From that point on, it was all Trojans.

The turning point came with their pressure defense, which rattled the Indians into submission.

Chesterton coach Tom Peller said the defense was key.

“I thought we got some stops and scores in the fourth quarter,” he said. “Once we got three or four stops in a row, we were able to do a better job.”

For Portage coach Rich Snodgrass, there was good news and bad news.

The good news is that his team almost beat a team that beat Andrean and one that was beating Munster by eight points in the final quarter.

The bad news is that they can’t finish.

“We have to learn to close out games,” he said. “Guys made mistakes tonight because they forced it instead of letting the game come to them.”

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