By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The past three games have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the Goshen High School boys basketball team.
The Redskins (8-4 overall, 3-1 NLC) defeated Warsaw, 56-51 on Jan. 11; lost to Mishawaka Marian, 51-38 on Jan. 16; and beat NorthWood on the road last Friday night, 55-47
But Goshen coach Brian Bechtel and his team are focusing on the Warsaw and NorthWood wins, since they were NLC victories.
And the Redskins, at 3-1 in the conference, are tied with NorthWood for second place in the NLC, one game behind first-place Concord (11-1, 4-0).
Bechtel said that means the Redskins are still in the hunt for the conference title, with three NLC games yet to play.
And that’s how the Redskins plan to approach every game from here on out, Bechtel said.
They have another chance to get an NLC victory this Friday night when Elkhart Memorial comes to town.
Tipoff is slated for approximately 7:45 p.m. as the second game of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader.
The Crimson Chargers come to town struggling a bit: They are 5-8 overall (1-3 NLC). Memorial comes to Goshen off a 51-43 loss to Northridge last Saturday night.
The Chargers are led by senior guard Markese McGuire, the leading scorer in Elkhart County at 23.3 ppg.
Slowing down McGuire will be one key to victory for Goshen this Friday night, but Bechtel said he doesn’t feel the need to put in any special or gimmicky defenses to do so.
“I like how our defense is playing right now,” Bechtel said.
The Redskins are allowing 51.3 ppg in 2012-13 and scoring 52.2.
Memorial, on the other hand, is scoring 55.8 ppg. while giving up 61.
The Chargers’ only NLC victory this season came Jan. 11, a 70-57 win over Wawasee.
Bechtel said he’s also been pleased with the senior leadership the Redskins are getting from players like Jesse Good, Sam Stegelmann and Austin Henke.
“I like our team,” Bechtel said. “Everyone is settling into their roles, and we want to keep getting better each time we play.”