The Pennant

Boys Basketball: Gutty effort powers Penn to Regional Championship

A gutty effort by the Penn Boys Basketball Team helped the Kingsmen pull away in the fourth quarter to defeat Chesterton, 49-42, an advance to the Championship Game of the IHSAA high school boys basketball Regional at Michigan City on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Penn (23-3) will play the winner of Saturday’s second Regional Semi-Final Game between Northridge (18-8) and Munster (22-4).

The Regional Championship Game is set for 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, March 9, 2019) at Michigan City High School.

All-State Candidates Noah Applegate and Drew Lutz scored 17 points each to spearhead the Kingsmen assault.

Applegate battled for a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Applegame, Penn’s All-Time Leading scorer in Boys Basketball, now has 1,674 career points. Applegate became just the eighth player in Penn Boys Basketball history to reach the 500-point mark in one season, and how has 520 points in 2018-2019.

Lutz, who became just the seventh player in Penn Boys Basketball history to reach the coveted 1,000-point mark, now has 1,043 points in his career.

Lutz now has 488 points this season.

Kegan Hoskins scored 12 points, including 6-of-8 clutch free-throw shooting, to help the Kingsmen maintain the upperhand in the fourth quarter.

PENN 49: Carter Hickey 2, Drew Lutz 17, Beau Ludwick 1, Evan Groves, Noah Applegate 17, Kegan Hoskins 12, Casey Shultz 0. TOTALS 13 21-28 49.

Chesterton 42: Travis Grayson 11, Kolton Cardenas 0, Tyler Nelson 2, Sean Elliott 0, Jack Eaton 4, Nick Mullen 3, Jake Wadding 18, Alex Schmidt 0, Jake Warren 2, Drew Vanderwoude 2. TOTALS 16 7-10 42.

PENN                     9        12      11      17 – 49

Chesterton              7        11      13      11 – 42

Three-pointers: PENN 2 (Drew Lutz 1, Noah Applegate 1), Chesterton 3 (Grayson 1, Eaton 1, Mullen 1).