By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Free throws by senior Jesse Good and sophomore Austin Woolett in the final :21 of overtime enabled the Goshen Redskins to remain undefeated on the young high school boys basketball season with a 48-45 thriller over the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers Saturday night at North Side Gym.
Good swished two tosses from the charity stripe at :21 to give the Redskins a 46-43 lead. Central had a chance to tie the score as junior Tre Taylor scored a basket following an offensive rebound. He was fouled on the play, but missed the freebie and Woolett snared the rebound. Central fouled the youngster and he calmly canned his two tosses from the free-throw line to secure the win for the Redskins.
“We did not have a good night shooting the ball,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said. “But a lot of that had to do with Central’s defense. We did have many good looks at the basket. Coach (Troy) Noble (Central’s first-year coach) has made great strides with the Central program.”
The Redskins were 14-of-32 shooting, including 2-of-13 from 3-point range. On the other hand, Goshen was 18-of-23 from the charity stripe.
“The difference in the game is being at home and shooting five free throws compared to 23 for Goshen,” Noble said. “We had in our scouting report not to foul them because they make their free throws.
“Our effort was great and so was our defense. We just keep finding ways to lose games.”
Through three periods the Blue Blazers had seven turnovers. In the fourth and the overtime the number swelled to a combined nine.
Goshen had to overcome some adversity of their own after senior Sam Stegelmann fouled out with 3:20 left in the overtime. Up to that point he had scored 23 of Goshen’s 41 points.
“One of the things you can do in a situation like that is suck it up and that is what we did,” Bechtel said.
The Redskins outscored Central 7-2 the rest of the way.
Stegelmann was a force all night for the Redskins netting five points in the first period, eight in the second, nine in the third and one in the fourth.
“Central really guarded us on the perimeter and forced us to put the ball on the floor,” Bechtel said.”Sam did a lot of that.”
Stegelmann had several layups on drives to the basket and in fact he fouled on when he was called for an offensive foul in a drive to the basket.
“Stegelmann was a focus of our defense,” Noble said. “The scouting report was to make him go right, but in the first half he had three layups all with his left hand. We have to focus more on the scouting report and make players play to their weakness instead of their strength.”
Freshman point guard Brady Bechtel had another good night taking care of the ball and running the Redskin offense. He was also the only other Redskin in double figures with 10 points.
“Brady did a nice job of handling Central’s pressure,” coach Bechtel said. “(Senior) Terell Street was putting a lot of pressure on him.”
Noble said, “We wanted to try and back off Bechtel to use our size advantage.”
Brady Bechtel netted five points in the third period as the Redskins rallied from a 22-19 halftime deficit and took a 35-33 lead into the fourth.
Bechtel knew Central’s size could be a problem for the Redskins.
“Central is big and physical made a difference,” the coach said. “Our players expended a lot of energy trying to get position. It’s like playing in the offensive line in football. People don’t realize how much energy the players in the line expend.”
Senior Jesse Good chipped with six points and classmate Austin Henke five for the Redskins.
“If you had told me we could hold Good to six and Henke to five I would have thought we would have had a pretty good chance of winning,” Noble said.
Street scored 12 points and junior Tre Taylor 11 for Central.
Bechtel gave some credit for the win to Goshen’s defense.
“We played a lot of zone due to Central’s size, but they were hitting a lot of shots from the perimeter,” the coach said. “In the third period we went back to our man defense and that was a difference. I told the guys after the game that this game should make them realize how much of a difference defense could make in wins or losses.”
Goshen 48, Central 45 OT
GOSHEN — Cristian Barron 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Bechtel 4-8 1-4 10, Jesse Good 0-3 6-6 6, Derec Haynes 1-5 0-0 2, Austin Henke 2-5 1-2 5, Sam Stegelmann 7-10 8-9 23, Austin Woolett 0-1 2-2 2. Team: 14-32 18-23 48
CENTRAL — Blake Brouwer 3-5 0-0 8, Derald Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Brian Harter 0-1 0-0 0, Tray Qualls 2-7 0-0 4, John Stahl 0-0 0-1 0, Terell Street 5-14 2-2 12, Tre Taylor 4-8 0-1 11, Jaron Walters 5-7 0-1 10. Team 19-42 2-5 45
Goshen 7 12 16 6 7 — 48
Central 10 12 11 8 4 — 45
3-point goals: Goshen 2-13 (Stegelmann 1-3, Bechtel 1-3, Good 0-1, Henke 0-3, Haynes 0-3). Central 5-13 (Taylor 3-3, Brouwer 2-2, Qualls 0-3, Street 0-4).
Fouls (fouled out): Goshen 17 (Stegelmann), Central 20 (Stahl).
Rebounds: Goshen 13 (Good 3, Woolett 3). Central 20 (Street 5, Brouwer 3, Qualls 3).
Assists: Goshen 3 (Bechtel 2, Henke).
Steals: Goshen 1 (Stegelmann).
Records (next games): Goshen (3-0) at DeKalb next Saturday. Central (2-1) hosts South Bend Riley Friday.
JV score: Goshen won 37-29. (Goshen: Cameron Kline 15, Isaac de la Vega Huerta 6, Jack Gingerich 5, Chase Goodman 4, DJ Ambrose 4, Oliver Nafziger 3. Central: Clinton Parker 7, Langston Johnson 6, Antwaan Allen 5).