By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
With just one game left in the 2012-13 regular season, coach Brian Bechtel’s Goshen Redskins want to head into next week’s Class 4A sectional tournament at North Side Gym in Elkhart on a positive note.
Standing in the way of that is the West Noble Chargers, who also would like to end the regular season on a winning note and enter next week’s Class 3A sectional tournament at Wawasee with some momentum.
The Redskins (12-7) have been playing some of their best basketball of the season of late. They dropped a 54-53 decision on the road at South Bend St. Joseph Tuesday night, but prior to that had won their past three games.
In the Chargers (15-4), the Redskins will meet a Northeast Corner Conference squad that got off to a blistering start at 14-1, but has lost three of its last four after losing junior shooting guard Drew Schermerhorn to a season-ending ankle injury.
Despite that, Bechtel said the Chargers are still a dangerous team.
“They’ve got some great inside players,” Bechtel said earlier this week. “Schermerhorn was one of several good shooters they have, but there are plenty of other guys we’ll have to worry about. They are tall and thick.”
The Chargers finished 8-2 in the NECC this season, in second behind conference champion Westview (10-0). The Chargers averaged 57.8 ppg. on offense this season while giving up 47.7 — an average victory margin of 10.1 ppg.
Goshen, meanwhile, finished in a three-way tie for second in the NLC with Plymouth and Elkhart Memorial.
The Redskins are averaging 53.0 ppg. on offense and surrendering 49.7 on defense.
Bechtel said the Chargers’ height will present problems on the boards for his team, and one key to victory for the Redskins will be to limit the Chargers’ shots.
Bechtel said he has been pleased with his team’s offensive execution the past four games, especially the continued development of forward Deric Haynes.
And senior post player Sam Stegelmann, who is one of the team’s leading scorers, has developeed a passer’s touch as well, Bechtel added.
The Redskins have dominated the series over the past 15 years, going 8-1. Goshen took the most recent meeting between the two schools. a 66-50 victory in Ligionier Feb. 24, 2012.