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John Watkins, File | The Times

MUNSTER — This is the way Chesterton sees itself.

After opening 7-0, Chesterton lost two of four before remembering itself.

“It feels really well. We’re playing the way we wanted to be playing and we’re starting to get a string of wins together,” senior Ky Palombizio said. “We’re just being us.”

The Times No. 1 Trojans notched their eighth consecutive win Saturday with a 56-38 victory over No. 7 Munster.

They did it with enough rebounding, efficient offense and defense that was, at times, stifling. The Trojans outrebounded the Mustangs 25-18 and shot 52 percent from the field.

“We did a good job of making sure where our angles were, for the most part,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “As many shooters as they have, you have to limit extra possessions. Our size played a role in that.”

Neither side shot well in the first half, but the Trojans (17-2) limited the second-chance points for Munster. Chesterton hit a few more and led 26-15 at the break.

The Mustangs never had the lead.

“I thought for the most part we had some good lucks but I thought we rushed a couple early,” Urban said. “We were able to feed the post and we got some guys cutting to the basket, were able to find some buckets off the post — not just threes but guys diving off of post feed.”

Munster (13-6) turned the ball over six times in the third quarter and Chesterton expanded the lead to 17 points.

The streak is Chesterton’s longest since the 2007-2008 season.

“Our seniors are starting to really lead and take this team where it needs to get. That’s the part that’s encouraging for me,” Urban said. “We’ve got a good streak but we’ve got to get ready for a really good Hammond team on Tuesday.”

The Mustangs lost the previous two games by a combined three points to Griffith and Valparaiso.

“They were down a big piece to their puzzle (without starting forward Nick Fies),” Urban said. “He’s a good player.”

After Hammond, Chesterton will play Valparaiso on Friday in a game that will have implications in the Duneland Athletic Conference race.

Palombizio led Chesterton with 17 points. Jake Wadding added 13 and six rebounds. Josh Davis and Blake Stepanovich each scored 10 for Munster.

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