Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2014-03-11T17:00:00Z 2014-03-12T04:06:08Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

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Chesterton (12-10): The Trojans defeated Valparaiso 45-37 in the opening round of the Class 4A Valparaiso Sectional last week, marking only the second time in the last 23 years that they have beaten the Vikings twice in the same season. Senior Cole Teal scored a season-high 23 points to lead the way. Teal moved into an 18th-place tie on the Trojans scoring list with 1974 grad Joe Gifford. Chesterton was eliminated by eventual sectional champion LaPorte, 71-58.

Hebron (13-10): The Hawks opened Class 2A Hebron Sectional play with a 38-35 win over defending champion Boone Grove but fell to Whiting 47-43 in the semifinals. Junior Bryce Hanaway scored 11 points against the Oilers to bring his career total to 400.

Kouts (16-5): The Mustangs topped Westville 69-57 in the opening round of the Class A Morgan Township Sectional before being eliminated for the second year in a row by 21st Century, 82-71. Senior Jake Bekelya, with back-to-back 30-point efforts, became the 61st player in Kouts history to reach the 500-point plateau. Senior Matt Stewart tossed in nine points in the two games to become the 30th player in Kouts history to reach the 700-point mark. Senior Cody Nelson totaled 47 points in the two games, moving into 33rd on the Kouts scoring list, behind 1979 grad Jeff Sandberg. Bekelya (21.5) and Nelson (17.3) became the first Kouts duo to average at least 17 points per game since the combo of Jake Wade (25.9) and Josh Kain (21.2) in 1996.

Morgan Township (10-10): The host Cherokees dropped an 80-51 decision to 21st Century in the opening round at Morgan. Sophomore Jake Koselke led the way with 24 points and finished the year with 555 career points, which ranks as the 10th-highest total for a 10th-grader in Porter County history. The combo of Koselke (18.3) and junior Chase Braden (16.2) became the first pair to average at least 16 points per games since the duo of Shawn Nicklas (21.6) and Brett Spratley (17.0) in 1990.

Portage (13-11): Coach Rick Snodgrass’ Indians defeated Hobart 64-57 in the opening round of the Valparaiso Sectional before being eliminated by Michigan City, 64-49, in the semifinals. They were able to record the first winning season at Portage since 2004. Senior Mike Lattanzi notched a career-high 16 points against the Brickies.

South Central (5-16): The Satellites edged Oregon-Davis, 31-29, in the opening round of the Class A Triton Sectional before falling to Argos, 75-51, in the semifinals. Junior Mark Richards matched his personal best with 18 points against the Dragons and moved over the 400 mark to 407. Sophomore Max Clemons added a career-best 12 points.

Washington Township (16-6): The Senators defeated Covenant Christian 67-49 in the opening round of the Morgan Sectional before being eliminated by Marquette Catholic 75-62 in the semifinals. For the second consecutive year, the Senators, under the direction of coach Scott Bowersock, recorded their best record (16-6) in school history. They topped the 16-7 mark of last year. The Senators also had four players in double figures for the first time since 1998. Sophomore Nathan Line totaled 32 points in the two sectional games to move over the 200 mark to 221. Sophomore Alex Perez tallied 11 points against Marquette to move over the 300 mark to 303. Senior Bryce Pappas added six points to go over the 200 mark to 202.

Westville (13-9): Sophomore Josh Brownlee knocked in 13 points in a loss to Kouts to move over the 200 mark to 211. The Blackhawks finished with four players in double figures for the first time since 1989.

Wheeler (6-14): Junior Austin Greiner scored 14 points in a 58-34 loss to New Prairie in the opening game of the Class 3A Kankakee Valley Sectional to move over the 400 mark to 406.

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