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February 22, 2012

BOYS BASKETBALL: A step backward

Redskins lose by one to Indians in 2011-12 home finale

GOSHEN — Some nights, the shots just won’t fall.

The Goshen High School boys basketball team had one of those nights at home Tuesday night, and the Redskins’ shooting woes led to a 36-35 loss to visiting South Bend St. Joseph’s.

Goshen (10-9) came into its final home game of 2011-12 riding a four-game winning streak, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm early against a scrappy St. Joseph’s squad.

Goshen coach Brian Bechtel could not find fault with his team’s effort, save the shooting difficulties.

“It’s had to miss when you don’t hit shots,” Bechtel said.

On the night, the Redskins shot 14-for-36 (38 percent). That’s five points behind their season average.

The Redskins led 16-13 at the first stop, but the Indians took the lead at 18-16 with a 5-0 burst to open the second stanza.

Neither team scored over the final five minutes of the half, and the Redskins were shut out the entire quarter.

Goshen’s offensive woes continued early in the third quarter, as St. Joseph’s pushed out to a 22-16 lead. The Redskins finally shook off the cobwebs late in the frame, closing to within a bucket at 24-22 as the quarter ended.

The Redskins got out to a 32-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but gave up a 6-0 run to the Indians in the final three minutes.

They retook the lead at 35-34 on a strong move to the basket and old-fashioned three-point play by Louis Kissinger with 1:22 left.

But St. Joseph’s (7-12) worked the clock and got the go-ahead bucket from Tre Olive with under a minutes to go. A last-second shot by the Redskins fell short.

Jesse Good led Goshen with 15 points. Sam Stegelmann added eight.

Olive led the Indians with seven points.

South Bend St. Joseph coach Marty Harshman was glad to get the win.

“We played good defense and got a win on the road against a quality team,” Harshman said.

Before the varsity game, former Goshen News sports editor Stu Swartz was honored by the IHSAA with its Distinguished Media Service Award for District 1.

Swartz, who retired in July, worked at the Goshen News for 45 years — the last 12 as sports editor.

Earlier, South Bend St. Joseph’s was a 36-35 winner in the JV contest. Deric Haynes led all scorers with 19 points for the JV Redskins.

Chase Goodman added 10.

The Redskins close out the 2011-12 season on the road Friday night at West Noble.

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