Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 7, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Redskins regroup for the stretch

Conference game against Wawasee, nonconference tilt with East Noble this week.

By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — An up-and-down season took a slight turn down last week for the Goshen High School boys basketball team, which dropped a 59-34 decision on the road at Plymouth in an NLC contest. The loss dropped the Redskins to 9-6 overall (3-3 NLC).

But coach Brian Bechtel and his team spent little time focusing on that game, instead choosing to put it behind them and look to the remaining quarter of the season. It’s a busy weekend coming up for the Redskins, who host Wawasee tonight and entertain East Noble on Saturday.

Both opponents coming to Goshen are struggling this season: Wawasee is 4-11 overall (0-6 NLC) and East Noble is suffering through one of its worst seasons in recent history, at 2-15. The Knights, in their first year under coach Josh Treesh, have lost 14 of their last 15.

Bechtel said he and his team are focusing on what they need to do to win both games, and if the Redskins can make that happen, then two things will happen: The Redskins will have clinched a winning NLC record at 4-3, and at least a share of second place in the conference. They will also have guaranteed a winning regular-season mark for the second straight year.

The Redskins are still struggling a bit with a flu bug that has effect nine players, Bechtel said.

And freshman point guard Brady Bechtel is playing through a knee injury: Possible torn miniscus, which may require surgery at the end of the season.

For now, Coach Bechtel said, Brady is playing through the injury, and his practice time is being limited to ease the pressure on the knee.

Bechtel has been one of Goshen’s most durable players this season, with 404 minutes played. That’s second on the team and just one minute behind the leader, senior center Sam Stegelmann.

Stegelmann leads the Redskins in scoring at 14.3 ppg. Senior guard Jesse Good is second with 10.2 ppg.

Bechtel feels good about where the Redskins are as these two upcoming games approach.

“At this time of year, it’s all about guys settling into our roles and getting ready for sectional,” Bechtel said. “That’s going to be our focus.”