CHESTERTON — Whether it was the early 10-point lead, the grind of finals week or the occasional doldrums of a Tuesday night game, Times No. 8 Chesterton hit a flat spot in the second quarter against Hobart, opening the door for the Brickies to pull even at the break.
"In the locker room, coach was talking about lacking intensity," the Trojans' Niles Dilosa said. "The first quarter, we had it, but it went down from there. We talked about coming out strong after the half, picking the speed up and keeping a steady pace."
Jack Mullen hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter, and the Trojans (7-5) followed with a 12-point run that sparked them past the Brickies 57-48.
"It was hard to harness the energy, but we fought through it," Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. "It was just selfishness, defense and offense, trying to do our own thing. We had to get into a flow offensively instead of going one on one every time. We moved the ball a lot better, worked for better shots. Instead of my shots, we took team shots. I thought Antwan (Beeks) gave us a spark defensively."
Dilosa sparked Chesterton to an 8-2 lead with six points, two steals and an assist. The Trojans appeared to be cruising, up 18-8 after a Rhyss Lewis 3, but Hobart countered with a 12-1 run to make it a game again. Beeks had two of his three baskets in the decisive third-quarter sequence.
"We thought we had 'em, and we kind of coasted," Beeks said. "With finals, everybody's a little psyched out. We had a lot more energy, a lot more focus (the second half). I'm like the energy guy in practice, so I try to bring it out to the floor, get us hyped, to come out and play like we're capable of. We just need to play our game and we'll get the results."
Josh Uhles scored a game-high 18 points for Hobart (4-8), 13 of them coming in the fourth quarter, but the Brickies couldn't overcome four-point first and third periods.
"We'd definitely like to replay the third quarter," Hobart coach Mike Black said. "Chesterton was certainly more assertive. They got us back on our heels and hit some open shots. The poise we showed in the first half didn't really carry over. We continued to battle, but we need to find a way to put 32 minutes together. We haven't done it yet this year."
Jordan Chontos added 10 for Hobart. Chesterton's Rhyss Lewis dealt with foul trouble, but scored 10 in the fourth, punctuated by a driving dunk, to finish with 17. Dilosa followed with 12.
"I slacked a little the Merrillville game so I tried to focus more this game," Dilosa said. "I hit a couple shots in warm-ups to get my rhythm and it all came."
Five Trojans combined for nine 3-pointers.