Boys basketball: Chesterton regroups to beat LaPorte
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent February 15, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:48PM
CHESTERTON — After suffering three consecutive conference losses, Chesterton was looking to rebound. The Trojans accomplished that goal, defeating LaPorte 70-55 in Duneland Conference play.
Chesterton’s losses came at the hands of three of the top teams in the DAC — Merrillville, Lake Central, and Valparaiso.
The win didn’t come easy. LaPorte had a solid game and battled until the end, but Chesterton pulled away late. The game also was delayed by a double-overtime thriller in the junior varsity game and senior night festivities.
“We played sluggish in the first half and came around with intensity in the second half,” Chesterton coach Tom Pellar said. “We got a balanced offensive attack and it’s good to get the win.”
Both teams traded early baskets and Chesterton open things up with Jacob Andert providing the offense with nine points in the quarter. Chris Palombizio hit a late 3-pointer to give Chesterton a 17-12 after the first quarter.
Chesterton tried to expand the lead in the second, but LaPorte got within two at 29-27 at the half.
Chesterton came out of the locker room with the added intensity and were expanded its lead on the shooting of Palombizio, who led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
LaPorte made attempts to regain the lead, but Chesterton seemed to answer any attempt, and held onto a 49-41 lead after three quarters.
LaPorte kept battling and working the ball into big man Gage Ott, who led all scorers on the night with 19 points, but Chesterton grabbed the momentum when Matt Holba had a thunderous dunk that sealed the deal for the Trojans.
“It was a big win for us on senior night and good to get back to winning. I feel good about the way we are playing as we approach the postseason,” Pellar said.